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...
Fire ants are the true definition of a Gainesville lawn pest, and there are roughly 5 million Americans stung by fire ants each year. Tragically, about a dozen of these individuals die from severe allergic reactions. Even small animals, including pets, are at risk from their stings.
Here are some interesting fire ant facts...
Fire Ants were accidentally brought into this country on a cargo boat from South America. Since arriving in Alabama, fire ants have spread aggressively, though they remain primarily in the South and Southeast because northern soil temperatures make it tough to survive the winters.
Fire ants live in colonies, which can contain over 200,000 ants.
Fire ant colonies are typically comprised of female worker ants and one queen, who is responsible for laying the eggs.
Workers create underground tunnels that can extend up to 200' to 300' feet away from the mound.
Mounds are built to maintain a precise...
In North Florida, where drought stress in spring and summer creates problems in almost every Gainesville lawn, applying more water can't be the only solution. Especially with the Alachua county and city regulations prohibiting any watering outside of the 2 scheduled days per week to conserve our liquid resources. More and more homeowners are looking for solutions to keep enough water in the lawn to keep it healthy and green, while at the same time not wasting our natural resources.
With the added concern of drought stress making lawns more susceptible to chinch bug damage, it becomes a major concern of your lawn's health.
Moisture Manager is a blended application with formulated specifically to reduce watering needs on golf courses, landscape plantings, lawns, and are even used in agriculture.Moisture Manager is the cornerstone of a soil moisture management program whether you are maintaining existing turf and plants or ensuring the survival of new sod, seed, sprigs,...
This is the first of a series of 3 blog posts about steps to a great lawn this spring. The first step is having your lawn aeration completed every spring season.
Lawn aeration is a fairly simple process. All you do is punch thousands of small holes in your turf. Whether you want to do it yourself or hire our Lawn technicians to do it for you boils down to the amount of time you want to invest and if you have the proper equipment to DIY it.
But make no mistake, you should be aerating your lawn annually. It is a vital part of your lawn's overall health, especially in Gainesville yards with our compacted soil from traffic and mowers and areas of clay soil that do not allow roots to penetrate without assistance. The longer you go without aerating your lawn the more the soil compacts. The reason this is a problem is that it makes it hard for your lawn to take in three...