South Florida Lawn Care: Staying Healthy in the Cold
While Florida City doesn’t typically experience freezing temperatures in the fall and winter seasons, we will still see our temperatures drop as the fall and winter months approach. During this time, lawn care is still important, as is maintenance to prepare your lawn for winter and have a healthy turf year-round. Check out our lawn care tips for the fall.
Continue to Fertilize and Control Weeds
Warmer temperatures will often extract needed nutrients from your lawn which, in return, makes it look dull. The fall season is the perfect time to replenish these nutrients to help prevent them from going brown. Fertilizing replaces the nutrients lost over the summer and allows the roots to grow deeper. When fertilizing, keep space between your fertilizer and any water sources.
Weeds tend to thrive in the fall as they are looking to absorb as many nutrients as possible for spring. Look to treat them with a pre-emergent during the fall season. The pre-emergent allows weeds to fully absorb the treatment throughout the fall and winter, avoiding their return in the springtime.
Don’t Forget to Water and Mow
During the fall, grass will continue to grow, making it essential that you continue to water as usual. Look to ensure your lawn gets around 1 inch of water per week. Utilize sprinklers or irrigation systems where needed. Likewise, continue to mow, utilizing the lowest blade settings to mow your lawn during the last two months of the year. This will allow the sun to reach the crown of the grass, causing fewer brown leaves in the winter.
Remove Leaves and Debris
Raking and removing leaves and debris is essential to keeping your lawn healthy year-round! As soon as leaves start to fall off the trees, it’s best to remove and discard them immediately. Waiting too long to remove debris and leaves will cause them to mat together, making them difficult to remove. Leftover matted leaves can suffocate your turf, leading to fungus.
Dealing with lawn care can seem daunting to many, especially during the holiday season. If you’re looking for extra support for your lawn, consider reaching out to your local South Florida lawn care company! These professionals can give you a free lawn care analysis and the best comprehensive treatment plan customized to your needs.