Florida has a lot to boast about. The beaches are gorgeous, there's lots of sunshine, and the theme parks are unmatched. There are a few things about Florida, however, that aren't so great; things that can be somewhat of a challenge, or even an outright headache. One of those things is lawn maintenance. Does anyone here in Florida think keeping a gorgeous lawn is an easy task? Not many. We Floridians have a host of lawn care problems to deal with all year long, like lawn diseases, pest problems, and a wide variety of soil conditions.
Florida gets over 52 inches of rain each year, but since it is not evenly distributed during the year, it is a challenge to make sure a lawn gets enough water. Fall is a particularly challenging time of year, since maintaining adequate water levels in the fall is crucial. If you live in Florida and your lawn begins to be choked out by weeds or fails to thrive because of lack of water or pest problems, the only way to repair the damage is to replace areas with plugs which look like big cupcakes with grass for frosting. These lawns cannot be seeded because warm season turfs cannot be seeded.
Weeds that plague Florida lawns include crabgrass, which is a problematic weed with no selective control. Also, Florida turf has a whole host of pests including mole crickets, grubs, sod web worms, and chinch bugs that feed on lawns. In fact, chinch bugs are the worst of all. They can literally eat away at your grass until they've had their fill. Chinch bugs affect many types of grass such as St. Augustine grass, centipede grass, zoysia grass, Bahia grass, torpedo grass, pangola grass, and sometimes Bermuda grass. These little bugs just love sucking all the moisture out of juicy grasses. Making sure your lawn has enough water will keep those chinch bugs at bay, since they thrive in dry conditions.
Things you can do to Keep a Beautiful Lawn all Winter:
Florida lawn maintenance never stops, and each season is a little different. Summer and early fall are the most difficult, but in winter, lawns need special care as well.
- In the fall, don't cut your grass too short in anticipation of winter. Simply mow as usual.
- If you see brown and green spots in your lawn, don't panic. A little too dry is better than overwatering, which could invite cool-season weeds, or disease-causing fungi.
- Water your lawn once every ten days during winter.
Something Else That Will Help Your Lawn Stay Beautiful:
If you find you need a little help maintaining your beautiful lawn this winter, or any other time of the year, you might want to consider professional help. Here at McCall we offer lawn care bundle services starting as low as $29.99 a month. Using premium, custom blended products, this program provides balanced fertilization, turf damaging insect control, broadleaf weed control, and some turf disease control. Some add-on services include ornamental shrub care, fire ant control, and flea control. Protecting your Florida lawn can be challenging, sometimes even a headache. Do what you can, but if you need a little help, give us a call. We'd be glad to help.