Central Florida Lawn Maintenance

Central Florida lawns need 3 major maintenance programs:

  • Lawn fertilization
  • Adequate watering
  • Weekly mowing program

Proper lawn fertilization is key to maintaining a healthy lawn.  Too much fertilization will add a thicker thatch layer at the base of the lawn and will encourage pests and fungus to establish quickly.  It also will lead to a waste of money since much of it will run off with heavy rains and create more problems in rivers and lakes.

Watering seems to be a hot topic of discussion since many people tend to think watering more will help your lawn, but this is farther from the truth.  Watering the lawn twice a week is more than plenty in the summer since mother nature will tend to also contribute.  Published materials outline that .5″ of water twice a week will help roots grow deeper into the soil and will help the lawn cope better in drought conditions.  While too much water will prevent the roots from growing deeper into the soil since the majority of the water is on the surface.  This will lead to a easily stressed lawn and will invite pests with open arms.

Weekly Mowing will keep the lawn growing healthy and add significant curb appeal.  Most important are SHARP mowing blades and 3.5 – 4 inch cutting height.  First, I cannot stress the importance of Sharp mowing blades since this will prevent tearing of the lawn blade (see picture below).  Torn lawns from dull mower blades also promotes diseases and a browning of the lawn blade tips.  Secondly, the best cutting height from our experience is between 3.5 – 3.75″ inches has proven to be the best for St. Augustine results and minimal pest problems.  Anytime we were told to cut lawns shorter than 3.5 inches has typically ended up with below average looking lawns.

Torn St. Augustine Lawn Blades

This is the result of dull lawn mower blades

St Augustine Torn Closeup

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