October is always that in-between month that feels like one foot is still in summer while the other foot steps toward fall. It’s a great month to add new landscaping such as sod, trees, and shrubs and to start planning for your fall / winter annuals.
It’s finally officially fall, and there are several things you want to be aware of in this transitional season as the owner of a Gainesville landscape.
While we’re still getting some leftover summer afternoon rains, it is typical that we experience a little dry spell between now and winter. It can be a tricky time of year irrigation-wise. If you don't have a smart controller that knows to increase the settings to account for dry weather patterns, watch your turf closely. When you see grass blades folded in half and the overall turf color turning bluish-gray, run the sprinklers and add...
The shorter days and cooler nights of early September should mean that your lawn is starting to perk up and look better from the summer stress. It's an ideal time for lawns to recover from summer stress and to build a strong foundation and root system for a lush Gainesville lawn next year.
Proper Gainesville lawn fertilization is part of the lawn care regimen needed to help your lawn recover from stress this summer and prepare for winter and next spring. Fertilizing your lawn in September will help the grass fill in thin spots, grow a deep root system, and store energy (carbohydrates) to battle the low temperatures of winter and begin growing early next spring. In addition, fertilizing will provide a deep green color this fall and your lawn will green up early next spring. The Master's is currently fertilizing Gainesville lawns with an organic mixture of Sea Kelp and other soil nutrients to develop healthy roots, some nitrogen and iron to push a healthy green color, and some...
There are several common Gainesville lawn diseases that can affect and cause damage to your turf throughout the year. In the industry, a grass disease is seen as a condition that interferes with the normal growth and development of the grass plant, causing the plant to look and grow abnormally.
In order for a disease in your yard to be active, 3 requirements must simultaneously be present. A susceptible host (type of grass that is susceptible to the disease), Pathogen (the actual fungi itself), and a conducive environment (favorable weather conditions for the fungi to spread). Without the presence of all 3 simultaneously, there is no disease. To visualize this lawn disease triangle, here is a diagram.
Do you ever ask yourself, 'Why does my Gainesville lawn have spots in it?' or 'Why does my Gainesville lawn have mushrooms?'
This video from The Master's Lawn Care can help you find out. Grey leaf spot and mushrooms are both types of fungi, which come from overwatering. Sometimes, overwatering a lawn cannot be helped - because of extreme amounts of rain (like at the time of this video), however other times it comes in shaded areas of the lawn when an irrigation system is compounding with the rain to cause too much moisture in the lawn.
The grey leaf spot can be treated with a contact fungicide, such as Spectator, but the more effective and better way would be to have a rain sensor installed on your irrigation system and cut back the watering times until the wet season has passed.
If we can help with your lawn or orrigation concerns, please don't hesitate to call our office at (352) 378-LAWN, contact us by filling out...
Gray leaf spot of St. Augustinegrass (pictured above) is a disease caused by fungal spores that are common during extended periods of hot, wet, and humid weather (which almost encompasses half the year in Gainesville, Florida lawns). Newly sodded or rapidly growing grass is more susceptible than well-established lawns. Although primarily a disease of St. Augustinegrass, it also attacks centipedegrass.
Melting-out leaf spot is a similar disease that attacks Zoysia grass (pictured below) in similar weather. As we have recently had rain for about the past week, and forecasted for rain over the past 10 days, these are the ideal scenarios for these 2 lawn diseases.
The fungus is most noticeable in the leaf blades as you can see in the photos. The infection produces gray or dirty-yellow spots with brown or purple borders. A water-soaked border will be seen during high moisture...
It’s already been a pretty unique year in our Gainesvile, Florida lawn and landscapes, and there’s still time left for more unusual activity from Mother Nature. But, homeowners and business owners across North Central Florida need to start looking ahead to the fast-approaching dawn of the summer growing season and giving some thought to how to best handle your lawn service in the coming months.
There are four major types of Gainesville grass types that most commonly are seen in our market:
- St. Augustine (we saved the most common for last)
They’re each different, and have their own set of best practices for yearly lawn care. Here’s a brief primer for caring for each of these four grass types as we look forward to the spring thaw:
Caring for Gainesville Zoysia Lawns
Zoysia grass requires a little extra attention, but it can make...
April slipped right past us and here we are in mid-May, knocking on summer's door. This is the time of year that we hear from a number of clients who are particularly concerned about their lawn. The typical call may sound a lot like this:
"I'm really worried about my lawn. It started to green up from winter and was looking nice right after you fertilized. Suddenly, it's getting worse. Is there a pest eating my lawn or does it need more fertilizer?"
After spending a few minutes on the phone with the client asking questions, we're typically able to identify one of the 3 primary spring issues.
The majority of problems in Gainesville lawns over the past couple weeks has come from 3 primary concerns:
Drought Stress - This is the most common issues, and luckily, drought stress in lawns is one of the easiest problems to identify. Take a look at areas of your lawn that get some...
Broadleaf weesds in Gainesville lawns are not only a nuisance, but they actuyally make it more difficult for your grass recovering from winter frost damage to fill back in and recover. Weed control applications with pre-emergent and post-emergent products are a must for Gainesville lawns looking to recover from a tough winter. Proper identification of weeds is a must for targeted control with so many different herbicides on the market.
It’s a never-ending battle. No matter how hard you try, weeds want to take over your treasured lawn. Using the University of Florida's IFAS website to help you identify types of broadleaf weed and which products control it best is a suitbale method, and if you prefer the DIY method, here are some more tips to hel you in your battle against Gainesville lawn weeds.
3 Tips to Broaleaf Weed Control in Gainesville Lawns
- Promote a healthy root system - Healthy plants with strong roots naturally fight weeds by ...
Read our online guide to learn more about spring pest prevention, and contact our lawn pest control company for professional yard pest treatment in Gainesville, Florida.
Spring is the season of life. Flowers are blooming, the grass is growing — and pests of all kinds are coming out of the woodwork to pilfer for your yard. Thankfully, our pest control professionals at Master's Lawn are here to help. In this short guide, we've put together a list of tips to help you deal with pests during the spring season. Read on to learn more, and contact our team for effective pest control and prevention in Gainesville, Florida lawns!
Look After Your Lawn
A favorite place that pests love to burrow and feed during the springtime is the lawn. Soil and turf roots both contain a surplus of nutrients and minerals that insects can eat throughout the spring and summer, and they also love to attack heat/drought stressed lawns that are commonly found in our...
Wake your yard up from its winter slumber with the help of TMLC's Gainesville Fertilizer and Weed Control Program. Check out our blog post for more information about the purpose and the importance of yard care.
Long, Cold Winter
Over the long, cold winter while you were snuggled up in front of your crackling fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate, your yard was taking the brunt of what Mother Nature had to throw at it.
Your yard endured it's first eighteen-degree temperature in several years, and is probably showing the effects of it, too. Although your yard’s grass was dormant, it was mercilessly exposed to the elements — no matter how brutal they were. From the very first frost to the last sub-40 degree night (which happened in mid-April this year!) — patiently waiting for the heat and long days to return. This week seems to finally be that time, and lawns are started to rise out of their slumber.
Health and Recovery...