As their name implies, warm-season grasses thrive in the warm climate we have here in Florida. Warm-season grasses include zoysia, St. Augustine, and bahiagrass. Below are just a few ways to keep your lawn good-looking and healthy throughout the spring and even into the summer.
Keep Your Lawn Good-Looking
Before doing anything drastic, you'll want to fine-tune your basic mowing and watering tasks. Since mowing does, after all, damage grass and give fungi in the soil a chance to infect it, make sure not to cut your lawn too short. Keep the grass about 3.5 to 4 inches tall, and never cut more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at any given time (mowing once a week is sufficient). If your mower blade is dull, sharpen it. Grass recovers more quickly when it's sharply cut than when it's dully chopped at.
Water your lawn once every three days so that it gets about 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week. Watering more frequently than this will lead to the displacement of oxygen from the pores in your soil; the roots will become shallow, and your lawn won't survive the summer. Early morning is the best time for watering, as it gives the lawn time to dry.
Before your lawn is overtaken by crabgrass, annual bluegrass, or another pesky weed, you'll want to apply some pre-emergent herbicides to your lawn as well. This can be combined with fertilizer, mentioned below.
Keep Your Lawn Healthy
After one or two mowing jobs, rake away the thatch on your lawn. Thatch is basically dead grass that builds up and prevents the grass underneath from getting the proper nutrients. Next, address any areas of grass that are yellowed or tanned, as they may be infected by a fungal disease like brown patch or dollar spots. These can be treated through aeration or fertilization, or you can have a professional identify the fungus and purchase the right fungicide.
Aeration is highly recommended, not just for diseases but for the more general condition that's called soil compaction. Pulling plugs of soil out of the lawn will improve the circulation of water, oxygen, and nutrients, strengthening the roots.
Fertilizing will restore nitrogen to your lawn, leading to thick, green grass (too much fertilizer, though, will encourage shallow roots). If this doesn't take care of the bare spots, consider seeding over that area. Seeding should ideally be preceded by aeration.
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