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Lawn Care Info

Most Common Florida Lawns & Understanding What Type Of Grass You Have

In Florida, grass is an important part of our landscape, but keeping it healthy is sometimes easier said than done. To keep your lawn flourishing, consider a type of grass that thrives in the heat, humidity, and the hot Florida sun.  When you combine the right type of grass in conjunction with professional lawn care, your yard will look its best all season long! 

*Think carefully about how you and your family use your lawn. If you have children or pets that are often in the yard, you want a sturdier grass that stands up to traffic.

*Choose your grass wisely! Always speak to a professional lawn company prior to selecting your grass so that you know exactly what to expect.  

*Know When to Replace Your Sod, It Really Does Matter.  Grass roots can go dormant in temperatures less than 50 degrees and our summer temperatures get too hot.

 

Although it may be ok to install sod during the hot summer months, remember, a lot of water is required due to evaporation, but too much water on new turf can make it more susceptible to fungus and disease.  Spring and fall are the optimal times to replace sod, but always be mindful of the weather patterns in your area. 

St. Augustine Grass

St. Augustine grass creates a thick turf with a green to blue-green color. This grass type is extremely popular in all of Florida. St. Augustine grows quickly and needs to be cut to a height of approximately

3-5”. St. Augustine flourishes in the shade.              St. Augustine does not tolerate extremely heavy foot traffic

St. Augustine Grass

Zoysia Grass

Zoysia is a medium-dark green grass that handles both the sun and shade well. Zoysia lawns grow relatively slow so if you don’t like to mow, this grass variety may suit you.To keep Zoysia grass healthy, mowing should be about 1 ½-2". Zoysia grass is low maintenance and doesn’t require “as” much irrigation and fertilization as some other sod types

Zoysia handles foot traffic well. If properly cared for, is considered the most resistant to disease and weed growth.

Zoysia Grass
Bermuda Grass

Bermuda grass

Bermuda grass grows into an even, dark green ground cover. Bermuda grass is the most popular choice for gold courses and athletic fields because it is resistant to high traffic and drought. This grass variety has highly invasive producing seeds which can creep into nearby flowerbeds and gardens if not properly maintained. This grass is susceptible to weeds and insect activity and is sensitive to cold weather.

Bahia Grass

Bahia grass has coarse leaves and does well in sandy soils. This grass is low maintenance and does not require a lot of fertilizer or watering. Bahia grass will go dormant in extreme heat until conditions become favorable for regrowth. It is very prone to weeds and grows very poorly in shaded areas.

**There is no way to keep Bahia grass from browning in the winter. If it's lush green grass that you're after year-round, this is not the grass choice for you!**

Bahia Grass

Managing Your Lawn Under Drought Conditions

Drought-like conditions can occur in sandy Florida soils after only a few days without rain and many lawns require supplemental irrigation during these drought periods.  In a perfect world, water would not be a limited resource and we could irrigate our lawns whenever needed.  In reality, many parts of Florida are under mandated wearing restrictions throughout the year.  This often leads to homeowner frustration, since there is a notion that reduced watering frequency hurts a lawn.  Actually, the majority of watering restrictions provide ample watering frequencies form most lawns, although there are always exceptions to this. To make sure that your lawn can cope with mandated restriction, you may need to alter maintenance practices. 

 

*When You do Mow, Mow High. When irrigation is inadequate, grass will reduce growth.  Mowing frequency may be reduced during a drought.  Be sure to mow at the highest recommended height for your grass.  Be careful not to remove more than 1/3 of the top of the leaf blade at anyone mowing as this will place further stress on the grass.  Higher mowing (4” length) encourages deeper rooting, which is one of the key factors in enhancing drought tolerance. 

 

*Adjust Irrigation Frequency, “NOT” the Amount of Water Applied. Turfgrass irrigation requirements vary by location in the state, time of year, soil conditions, shade cover, type of grass, amount of fertilizer applied, rainfall, and other factors.  That’s why there is no single recommended irrigation frequency; rather, you have to take all of these factors into account.  Because of this variability, frequency of irrigation should be adjusted according to YOUR lawns needs. 

The amount of water applied at each irrigation event should remain consistent (1” per zone). Depending on location in the state, there may be different amounts of soil for roots to grown into.  If turf receives frequent, shallow irrigations, the roots will happily stay in the top few inches of soil, but if water is applied for longer periods roots will seek the water out at the deeper soil levels.  Deep roots can generally be achieved by applying 1” of water each time you irrigate. 

 

*How do you know how to apply this amount of water?  An easy method of measuring the amount of water applied by your irrigation system is to set out several straight-sided same size cans around the perimeter of the irrigation zone. Monitor how much water is applied if you run your irrigation system for 15 minutes by measuring the cans.  If, for example, you have ¼” after that time, your system should run for 60 minutes to apply 1” of water. 

Most Common Winter Complications

In Florida Turf Grasses

Brown Patch Fungus

Turf Grasses Affected: All warm-season turf grasses, especially St. Augustine grass and Zoysia grass*

Occurrence: This disease is most likely to be observed from November through May when temperatures are below 80 degrees F. The infection is triggered by rainfall, excessive irrigation, or extended periods of high humidity, resulting in the leaves being continuously wet for 48 hours or more.*

Once proper diagnosis is made, irrigation should only occur when necessary and during the early morning hours (between 2-8 a.m.*

Symptoms/Signs: The fungus infects the leaf area closest to the soil, eventually killing the grass, thus allowing them to be easily pulled off the stem. The base of a pulled blade of grass has a rotted odor. Roots are not affected by this pathogen. This disease usually begins as small patches (about 1 ft. in diameter) turn yellow and then a reddish brown/brown/straw color as the grass begins to die. Patches can expand to several feet in diameter. It is not uncommon to see rings of yellow or brown turf with apparently healthy turf in the center. Turf at the outer margin of a patch may appear dark and filter. This disease is often confused with herbicide and insect damage on St. Augustine grass.*

*Info sited from https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/lh044 

Crabgrass

Turf Grasses Affected: All warm-season turf grasses, especially St. Augustine grass and Zoysia grass*

Occurrence: Five crabgrass species are prevalent in Florida: India crabgrass, Blanket crabgrass, Tropical crabgrass, Southern crabgrass, and Smooth crabgrass. Most are summer annuals, but Blanket and India crabgrass tend to perennate (live longer than one growing season). Crabgrass germinates in early spring when soil temperatures are 50-55 degrees F or greater. Crabgrass will grow under close mowing situations and prefers areas where Turfgrass strands are weak.

Healthy turf is therefore the best way to prevent crabgrass.

*Info sited from  https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep395

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Palm Harbor, FL 34683

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