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Best Mowing Practices

How to Keep Lawn Healthy in Florida

Living in Florida provides a plethora of benefits – temperate weather, access to a variety natural spaces, and, of course, lots of sunshine. When you live here, you get another benefit – and that’s a beautiful, healthy-looking lawn year-round, that is if you take care of it properly. While some months can be harsher than others, your grass typically looks its best if you follow a simple set of rules that take into consideration the climate of the state. Appropriate mowing procedures are at the heart of any comprehensive lawn care plan, but other things come into play, too. Here are some things you can do to ensure that your lawn will be at its best no matter what the weather or year throws at you.

Mow on the Right Schedule

Florida summers bring lots of precipitation which, in turn, makes grass grow at an alarming rate. This means that mowing your grass often will keep it under control and less appealing for a variety of pests that can wreak havoc on it. When your lawn is a reasonable height and maintained, these pests have fewer places to hide. Even though the task might seem daunting during the summer months, you have to keep on top of mowing in order to maintain the health of your lawn both visually and structurally. Traditional St. Augustine grass should be kept at a height of around 4 inches and no more than one-third of the blade should be removed every time you mow. When you’re mowing so frequently, keeping your equipment in excellent working order is also key. Ensure that your mower blades are sharp, so they’ll smoothly cut the grass instead of shred it. Make a note to sharpen your blades monthly to keep them doing their jobs well! In the cooler months, you’ll need to mow less often so be sure to adjust your schedule accordingly.

Conscious Watering

One benefit to Florida’s rainy season is that you don’t have to water as much! You’ll want to pay attention to the amount and frequency of rain because overwatering can damage your grass by promoting disease and pest infestation. Thankfully, by observing the state of your lawn, you can tell if it needs water. If your lawn needs moisture, the blades of grass will fold in half. The typical recommendation for watering is two to three times a week in summer and every 10 days to two weeks during colder months. You’ll want to give your lawn about ½ to ¾ of an inch of water during each watering session. Whether you use water from rainfall to satisfy your lawn or from irrigation, be sure you’re following your district’s water restrictions.

Eliminate Pests

Even if you follow optimal mowing and watering practices for your lawn, sometimes pests can become an issue. There are lots of pests that love to feed on lawns regardless of how much work we put in to keep them healthy and pest-free. Specifically, in the warmer months, things like sod webworms, armyworms, and chinch bugs can cause damage to your beautifully manicured lawn. A service like Impact’s turf care can give you the peace of mind of a pest-free lawn. This service focuses on your lawn’s specific needs and promotes healthy growth in addition to pest control. Your lawn needs fertilization and nutrients to be healthy and turf care services offer these while working to prevent pest infestations. Impact’s turf care follows proven processes and uses formulations that get results. Don’t let all your hard work be destroyed by annoying lawn pests! Contact us today to find out more.