Filling in bare or dead patches of lawn can be easily accomplished by installing grass plugs or laying down new squares of sod. Soil should be level and free of weeds and dead grass before installation; afterward, thorough watering is important.
Florida lawn diseases include Rust, Fairy Ring, Gray Leaf Spot, Brown Patch Fungus, Dollar Spot, and Take-All Root Rot. Hot, humid, wet summers create hospitable growing conditions for these diseases, which must be managed by fungicides and cultural controls such as proper mowing.
Florida lawn weeds can be controlled through proper mowing, hand removal, and selective herbicide applications. Preemergence herbicides must be applied before weed seeds germinate; postemergence herbicides are applied after weeds have emerged. Effective weed management usually requires both kinds of herbicide applications.
With summer around the corner, homeowners responsible for their own lawn care should make sure they have the mowers best suited for their yards. Two important additional tools—edgers and string trimmers—take care of hard-to-reach areas and create clean, finished lines.
Put your grass clippings, leaves, and food scraps to work. Combine them in a compost pile or bin and mix with oxygen and water to eventually yield a nutrient-rich humus that can be utilized in your landscape as a soil amendment or fertilizer.
Florida turf grasses must be relatively robust and able to tolerate high temperatures and high humidity. In coastal locations, turf grasses must also tolerate salt air and, often, salt water irrigation. Grasses that meet these demanding requirements include Bermuda, Zoysia, St. Augustine, Bahia, Centipede and Seashore Paspalum.
Gardening in summertime’s high heat can put people at risk of heat sickness which, in extremes, can lead to unconsciousness, brain damage, and even death. Heat sickness can be prevented by recognizing its symptoms, working outside in the morning or evening, staying well hydrated, and taking breaks.
Thatch is accumulated organic matter that is persistent, meaning it doesn’t decompose as fast as it builds. This layer of organic matter is caused by excessive mow clippings, leaves, and other debris that settle and rest on your lawn. Thatch is not an on-going enemy like we’ve all heard.
Hot & humid starts changing into cool & dry and cold fronts bring rain…not necessarily cold air every time. Here’s some changes that you might or might not be aware of as we roll into full-fledged fall.