Florida Spring Months

By: Ken Wilson

Spring has arrived and here in Florida that means dry season. We often see our temperatures rise into the 80’s and even into the 90’s. Also, there is a lot wind with little to no rain. In preparation, we have fertilized your landscape plants and palms in February and the turf in March. In late April through May, we will be fertilizing your grass again and applying insecticide to your entire yard.

The following are some things you can do to help keep your yard looking beautiful:

St. Augustine turf should be mowed at a height of 3.5 to 4.5 inches and Zoysia turf should be mowed at a height of 2 to 3 inches. During the dry, hot months you should have the grass mowed at the highest recommended cut height for your turf to provide protection from evaporation.

Most yards should be irrigated 2 to 3 times a week with spray heads set for 20-35 minutes in unshaded areas and rotating heads set for 45-60 minutes in unshaded areas. An easy way to tell if you need to water before the turf is damaged is to step on the grass, if it springs back after you lift your foot – you’re golden, but if it leaves a footprint you need to water.

Lastly, if you see something that isn’t looking right give us a call. We would rather diagnose and treat a problem that arises in between our visits before it has time to inflict large scale damage.

About the author 

Ken Wilson

Long time career in the home services industry from remodeling to patio construction. Currently residing to in SWFL and active contributor to multiple home & garden publications.