4 Quick Tips on Storm Preparedness for your Gainesville Yard

As all eyes are turned towards Hurricane Dorian, a powerful storm already wreaking havoc in the Caribbean and threatening our state, we pray that family and friends already affected are safe. As we look towards the future and try to predict the storm's path we can take some steps today to help protect ourselves from damage. Here are 4 things you can do today to help protect your home and property.

Storm-ready your Irrigation System – This is an often overlooked item in storm preparations. Many clients find out too late that their irrigation system is one of the most likely places to be affected by lightning. If you have a pump that services the irrigation system, we recommend that you unplug it as well as unplugging your controller. One of the most common calls that we get after a storm is an irrigation timer that is no longer functioning after being struck by lightning. Unplug your timer during the storm to prevent this from happening.


Winter Tips for Gainesville Lawns

The next 12-18 weeks will determine how your lawn does in 2019, so we hope these tips are helpful to you in making sure you have a lawn you love in 2019. During the winter months in Gainesville, Florida lawns, the grass is semi-dormant – growing but at a slower pace and almost barely growing at all. The soil microbes are still busy though, doing what soil microbes do – enzymatic digestion of organic matter – aka composting.

So don’t be fooled into thinking the soil and turf grass doesn’t need food and water in the winter – the turf and the soil microbes are living, sending out roots, and need nutrients to stay healthy. Without an active and healthy turf and soil microbe population in winter, the St Augustine or Zoysia turf grass lawn will lag in the spring, losing valuable time during the prime growing season.


Water Your Lawn with proper irrigation (1x week is recommended)
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The 2 Most Common Gainesville Landscaping Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

The 2  two biggest mistakes I see when homeowners (and even a few Gainesville landscape companies) plant trees and shrubs are planting them too low, and applying too much mulch. In today’s quick tip, I’ll give you my secrets to planting a healthy tree in your Gainesville lawn.

Mistake 1: Planting Plants/Tree Too Low

This simple mistake is the most common one we see and does major damage to the plant. It also is the main reason that we see trees and shrubs planted for a while and not actively growing. Most people think a tree is supposed to be planted with the root ball flush with the soil level, but that is incorrect. This results in people planting their trees too deep which makes it hard for your newly planted tree to thrive, as the base of the plant cannot breathe.

What should be done is to install the tree so the root flare is flush with the soil level, which looks like the tree is planted too high to the untrained eye, like the...

5 Quick Tips to Prepare Your Gainesville Landscape for Summer Storms

April has flown by and here we are knocking on the door of summer. College students are heading home for summer after graduation this past weekend, and the elementary, middle, and high schools are next. This month, why not take steps to protect your home during the soon-to-come summer storms? A few adjustments now can really pay off when the next weather event hits. Here are 3 ways to prepare you Gainesville yard for storms that can save you hundreds of dollars, and give you some peace of mind.

1. Clean Your Gutters
During the fall and winter, many gutters became filled with leaves, pine straw, and debris. Clear any debris from your gutters to make sure all that rainwater can easily flow off your roof and away from your home. When water can't get through your gutters, it pools on your roof and flows over the gutters in ways that can damage your landscaping, cause erosion at the foundation, or even damage your home's wood siding. Whether you are a do-...

Quick Tip: How to Get Rid of Fall Lawn Weeds

I've been getting a lot of people asking me what can be done about all the dove weed, nutsedge, and other weeds they're seeing in their lawn this fall.

The good news is most are summer weeds that will go away soon. The heavy rains from an active storm season made weeds especially prevalent this past year. The bad news is these Gainesville lawn weeds have already left their seeds in the lawn which means they will be back again next year unless something is done over the next few months to prevent them from germinating.

That's why at The Master's, our annual fertilization and weed control program includes fall and winter visits. These are some of the most important visits we make all year, because we are applying preventatives that will keep those seeds from turning into weeds next year.

On these visits we apply a pre-emergent that prevents winter weeds from coming up along with a post-emergent for any broad-leaf weeds that have already sprouted. In late winter,...

Protect These Gainesville Landscape Plants from Freezing Temperatures

There is a Freeze Warning coming up in Northern Florida for this weekend. The current forecast is predicting overnight freezing temperatures for both Saturday and Sunday nights, which could result damage or Gainesville sprinkler systems and tender landscape plants. Here are some tips that will help minimize the harmful effects of low temperatures:

  • Cover your sprinkler system's backflow preventer with protective covering and change settings like this. Upgrading your weather sensor to a rain/freeze sensor also protects your irrigation from running and leaving moisture to cause freeze damage on plants. 
  • Cover your cold-sensitive plants (see list below) with sheets or blankets, but not plastic.
  • Don't mow or use heavy equipment on your lawn if it is frozen or if there is frost present the following morning.

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3 Gainesville Lawn Tips to keep a Defined Bed Edge


Why would you care about defined landscape beds in your Gainesville lawn? Because there’s nothing more appealing about a landscape than a bed where you can tell that the lawn stops and the flower bed begins. This is one of the fundamenatal pieces of an appealing lawn. It gives the look of organization, intentional landscaping, and a well-maintained yard. See the photo below for an example of how much a clealy defined bed edge can do for your Gainesville curb appeal this spring:

  1. Think Proactively about where your bed should be

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VIDEO: Pruning Back Muhly Grass

Ornamental Grasses such as Muhly grass, Fountain grass, and Pampas grass are some of the most common plants in Gainesville Landscaping due to their ability to withstand drought. However, they are commonly left completely unmaintained to grow wild and look unsightly. This short video is a quick tip on how to cut back your grass after winter and help it look like the photo below.

Hard Frost May Damage Gainesville Lawns without Proper Precautions

There is a Hard Freeze Warning coming up in Northern Florida this week. The current forecast is predicting overnight freezing temperatures for extended hours which will likely result in some amount of damage or Gainesville lawns and landscape plants on Tuesday. Here are some tips that will help minimize the harmful effects of low temperatures:

  • Run your irrigation system for 15 minutes per zone for rotor heads and 5 minutes per zone for spray heads tonight and again in the morning once temperatures rise above freezing.
  • Cover your cold-sensitive shrubs and ornamentals (see list below) with sheets or blankets, but not plastic.
  • Don’t mow, drive over, or walk across your lawn if it is frozen or if there is frost present.

If you have any questions, whether you’re a The Master's Lawn Care client or not, please call our office at (352) 378-5296. 

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