The Top 6 Lawn Care Tips for Florida Property Owners
Let’s face the facts—your lawn matters to you. And you shouldn’t be ashamed of it.
Whether you’re a homeowner, renter, or property manager, it’s highly likely that you take a certain amount of pride in your lawn’s success. And why wouldn’t you? It’s probably no surprise, but as a landscaping company, we can’t tell you how much we relate to that swelling sense of “you done good, kid,” when we stare at a top-notch lawn that’s healthy and beautiful as can be.
We know it’s not just us, either. We like to think there’s a good-lawn-appreciation streak in everyone—and we have a feeling that if you’re reading this article, that most definitely applies to you.
But how exactly can you make sure that your lawn is the best on the block? How can you ensure that the TLC you’re giving your beautiful landscape is the best of the best? How on earth can you be positive that there’s not a vital ingredient missing from your carefully cultivated lawn-care recipe?
That’s why we’re here.
At Landcrafters, we’re all about equipping folks with the knowledge they need to put their best foot forward when it comes to landscape—so we’re dropping some serious, can’t-miss know-how right here for how you can up your lawn game ASAP.
Looking for some super simple but very effective lawn care tips to keep your Florida lawn looking pristine? We thought so. Keep reading to learn how!
Set Yourself Up For Success: Start with a Great Florida Grass
Not all of us have the luxury of starting from scratch with our lawn, but if you do so happen to have the time, the budget, and the will, we absolutely suggest starting with a fantastic Florida-friendly grass to really set yourself up for success.
It’s no secret that Florida is weird—when it comes to landscaping and beyond that, too—so ensuring that your lawn is Florida-friendly from the start is hugely helpful for its overall success.
Our suggestion? Consider grass types like St. Augustine Grass, Zoysia Grass, Bermuda Grass, or Bahia Grass. If you’re not totally sure about which of these makes the most sense for your lawn, worry not, we’ve got an entire blog post right here that outlines the pros, cons, and basics behind each and every one of these types. Go ahead, give it a read now if you’d like—we’ll be here when you get back.
(PRO TIP: we’ve even got plenty of decorative grass suggestions that are totally Florida-friendly—you can find that blog post right here).
Don’t Wait for Weeds—Attack Before They Strike
Look, as professionals (and as good people) we never (ever) promote violence—unless we’re talking about weeds. As you probably already know—no matter how much lawn or landscape experience you have—weeds are the bane of basically everyone’s existence, especially those who are angling to create the perfect, luxurious lawn.
So, and we say this with gusto, ATTACK those weeds before they show up—that’s right, we’re talkin’ preemptive strikes here, people. Your lawn can easily be overwhelmed by weeds, so it’s important to destroy them before they even make an appearance.
Check out our post here about starting a war on weeds and learning how you can stop them before they even think about showing up in your beautiful lawn.
Irrigation is Everything, Be On Top of Your System
Being on top of your irrigation system is going to make a huge difference in the overall health of your lawn. You’ll need to conduct regular, seasonal, and routine maintenance checks to ensure that your irrigation system—whether it’s old-school or new-fangled—is running properly. Leaks, blocked sprinkler heads, flooding, or sporadic patterns can do more than just mess up your lawn—they can also cost you a ton of money.
No matter how you choose to irrigate your lawn—from hand watering to high-tech irrigation systems—be sure you’re on top of it. Otherwise, you could end up doing more damage to your lawn than you could have anticipated.
Fertilize, But Know What You’re Doing First
Florida is considered to be a lot of things (we won’t get into any name-calling here), and semi-tropical is one of them. This means that fertilizer is an essential part of any healthy Florida lawn. While we definitely want to stress the importance of fertilizing, we want to make this point clear—don’t just dive in with a generic fertilizer that you don’t know anything about.
Fertilizing your lawn correctly depends on a lot of unique factors, like the type of soil you’re working with, the specific type of grass, any nutrient deficiencies you might be dealing with, and more. Check out our in-depth post right here about fertilizing and how to pick the perfect fertilizer for your lawn’s specific needs.
Keep a Sharp Eye on Lawn Pests (and Know How to Tackle Them)
Pests aren’t unique to Florida. Unfortunately, no matter where you have a lawn, you’re undoubtedly going to find some annoying lawn pests that have it out for your beautiful landscape. That being said, Florida sure does have quite a few annoying little bugs that are dying to munch on our beautiful lawns—it’s best to be prepared before they start chowin’ down so you can stop them the right way.
From billbugs to white grubs to cutworms and more, Florida has all kinds of nasty little devils that can wreak havoc on your lawn. The first step in tackling these buggers is to know the differences between them and understand how to tell when your lawn is suffering. Check out our post here that outlines some serious Florida pests and gives you a detailed look at how to diagnose your lawn pest problems.
Adjust Your Watering Schedule by Season
Just like anywhere else, Florida’s unique seasons will determine how much you need to irrigate your lawn and how often; in other words, it’s very important that you adjust your irrigation schedule based on seasons. For example, Fall and Winter will likely need a lot less irrigation but come Summertime, your watering schedule better be updated, because drought is easy to come by in Florida.
The cool thing about your lawn? It will literally tell you when it needs help by giving you all the signs you could ever need—you just need to know how to read them first. Check out our post here about recognizing drought stress in your lawn (and learn how to stay away from it, too!)
Ready to craft the perfect Florida lawn? We thought that might be the case. Follow these tips to be the envy of your entire block or if you’re lookin’ for a little more help than just some tips, feel free to contact Landcrafters directly—we run a mean lawn maintenance program for both commercial and residential clients.
If you’re ready to discuss your lawn care needs, give us a call at (727)-201-3947 or reach out to us right here on our site! Be sure to subscribe to our regularly updated blog for more insight, info, tips, tricks, and more!
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