We’ve gotten a number of calls from customers asking questions about how to improve their lawn's appearance in the North Florida dry spell. Lawns are struggling from drought stress in any area that gets sun exposure, landscape plants are beginning to wilt, and you're already watering with your sprinkler system. What can you do?
Until we begin to get normal rainfall, here are some watering tips. Notice that these tips are beyond the basics of watering early in the morning, follow the 2 day per week schedule (unless you have new sod or plants), and put down an inch of water. These tips are specifically the dry spells we have come accustomed to a couple times a year in Gainesville landscapes. These tips need to be reveresed after normal rainfall begins as you could create problems with overwatering and fungus when the dry spell ends.
- Use the Seasonal Adjust function -On most irrigation controllers installed in the past decade, there is an option ...
A lush, well-manicured lawn adds to curb appeal and enjoyment of your home. But lawns are susceptible to diseases and pests, especially if they're left vulnerable from poor cultural practices like underwatering or being scalped too low. Here are five common things your Gainesville lawn is trying to communicate to you, and how to spot and fix each before they get bad.
Problem: Brown Spots
Like your body, your lawn requires regular water to stay healthy. It’s that simple, really - but there are a few important best practices to know before just running your Gainesville, Florida sprinklers.
1. WHAT IS THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF IRRIGATION?
Your lawn loves about an inch of water each week, on average. Some full sun areas require more and deep shaded areas need less, but 1" is about average. In many areas of the U.S., rainfall is plenty, but in Florida's drastic heat and weather changes - we go from needing are sprinklers to run more to needing an improved drainage system to manage all of the rainwater in the span of months.
Typically, spring is a Gainesville Irrigation system's prime time due to high heat and low rainfall. That whole "April showers brings May flowers..." is not typically a good description for Gainesville lawns. Summer's rainfall typically are enough to keep an established lawn healthy without too much additional work by...
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...
Irrigation systems have tons of advantages. For one thing, you won’t have to spend all summer standing in your yard sprinkling with a garden hose! And you’ll never worry about being too busy or forgetting to water your lawn. Automatic sprinklers can make caring for your Gainesville landscape much easier and more convenient. But when you have problems with your irrigation system, they can be very frustrating. Especially when no one notices the issue until it's too late and your lawn or plants are struggling and/or dead.
The time for these things to be recognized is now, in early spring, before the drought and summer heat waves hit north Florida.
When these problems crop up, you can count on our Gainesville irrigation service professionals to assist you. Don’t hesitate to give us a call. And don’t forget: the best way to be sure your irrigation system is working at its best is to have...
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:
#1 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...
With our North Florida winter weather, you never know if the weather will be freezing out or sunny one minute and rainy the next.
Gainesville Irrigation Weather Sensors give peace of mind knowing you are:
- Watering when it’s nice outside - not raining or freezing out
- Meeting Gainesville and Alachua County Code for your Sprinkler system
- Preventing frost damage (as seen in the video)
- Preventing overwatering
- Conserving water
- Saving money on water bills
With a rain sensor, you can have security knowing that you are only watering when it’s needed. The sensor has a removable tipping rain bucket that measures the rainfall. You can adjust the sensor to automatically stop watering when the bucket is filled to an 1/8" up to 3/4".
The Rain/Freeze sensor is programmable. Most people set it at 35 degrees to turn off the system. This helps prevent possible hazards to pedestrians with icy sidewalks and...
How much water does a lawn need?
In general, most turf grasses need about 3/4" - 1" of water per week to maintain green color and active growth. However, during certain times during the summer when high temperatures are the norm, you should allow your Gainesville lawn to naturally slow down in growth during those extreme conditions by not fertilizing with any nitrogen so it doesn't need more water. Many factors such as the soil and weather all have a role in the lawn's water needs. Here are a few guidelines to follow:
When is it time to water?
The first few warm days of Spring does not automatically mean to use your Gainesville Irrigation System. In fact, allowing lawns to start to go under mild drought stress actually increases rooting and strength. Watch for foot printing, or footprints remaining on the lawn after walking ...