In Tampa and cities along Florida's Gulf Coast, lawn maintenance is an endurance sport. The mowers are in high gear long before summer, and the race to maintain a healthy lawn lasts for months. With an effective lawn maintenance schedule, you can work smarter, not harder.
Healthy lawns fend off pests, resist droughts, block weeds and look lush when neighboring yards are crunchy and brown. Turf grasses need the right amount of water and fertilizer as well as a flexible mowing schedule. Follow these tips to enjoy a verdant yard this summer while spending less time watering and weeding.
Lawn Irrigation Schedules in Tampa
Extra water during dry weather will keep your lawn green, but too much water supports fungal diseases. Most lawn fungi are beneficial because they break down dead plant material. If you're watering too often, you might wake up a small number of organisms that cause brown spots. Our experts treat fungal outbreaks and modify conditions so that your lawn resists future damage.
Nitrogen and Lawn Fertilizers
Excessive levels of nitrogen produce lush lawns that attract pests. Low nitrogen levels zap your lawn's vigor and encourage secondary damage from grubs and bugs. Soil tests accurately measure nitrogen concentrations and detect potential nutrient deficiencies.
Mowing is the cornerstone of summer lawn care. Base your mowing schedule on weather conditions and the predominant type of grass in your lawn. Grass species are diverse. For example, Bermuda grass grows quickly, and it must be kept short. On the other hand, centipede grass creeps along the ground and looks best when mowed every 10 days.
Your grass should look neat and tidy, but it should be tall enough to shade the root zone and stamp out weeds. Only cut off one-third of the leaf at a time. For example, St. Augustine grass should grow at least 4 inches tall before you cut it back to 3 inches.
Managing Lawn Pests and Diseases
Sometimes, well-maintained lawns develop brown or bald patches that are associated with water stress. If you've noticed recurring trouble spots or new damage, it's important to pinpoint the cause. Insects and fungal colonies damage lawns, but watering won't solve these problems.
Southern chinch bugs attack lawns in the summer and fall. These pests drain all of the moisture from the grass. As the chinch bugs search for more food, large brown patches of dead turf spread across your yard. Have a professional treat severe infestations. Then, dethatch the lawn because chinch bugs prefer areas with heavy accumulations of dead roots, stems and grass clippings.
For assistance with controlling chinch bugs, lawn diseases or weeds in Pinellas or Pasco, contact Impact Pest Elimination. We will help you grow a greener lawn this summer.