What is the best way to level out depressions in my yard?

Areas of a lawn can become uneven over time, due to settling, drainage issues, and various natural and unnatural causes. If you’re wanting to level out these spots the first step will be finding the cause of the uneven spots.

Cause #1
The most common reason being trees were removed some time in the last  several years. As the tree stump and roots decompose, it creates a low spot where the mass of the tree's trunk was.
Solution #1
Apply about 2 inches of quality top soil in the low spot. Do not fully cover the grass, make sure the grass is visible, let it grow through the soil and keep adding this until it grows out.
What to Expect:
Unless the tree is done decomposing it will continue to decompose and cause a spot. Leveling this spot will be a continual process until it is done decomposing. Plan on repeating this process over time - 2 inches this season - then 2 next season over and over...

New Year New Lawn: 3 Basic Lawn Needs

The ultimate goal of every homeowner who takes pride in their landscape is to have a thick, green, and lush lawn to enjoy. The easiest way to have that is to make sure it has the right amount of irrigation, a healthy dose of sunlight, and the proper lawn fertilization program. With those 3 things in-tact, your lawn will be the envy of the neighborhood.

Too much shade is often the culprit for an unsightly dirt patch in a lawn.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone tell me they think all they need to do is install a pallet of sod and their lawn will be fine. What actually happens is the sod looks great for a few months, but over time begins to fade and, six months later, their unsightly dirt patch is back. They're treating the symptom of the problem (the dead sod) rather than the actual problem (the amount of shade on that area of the lawn).

The bottom line is that St. Augustine and Zoysia need about 4-6 hours of sunlight...

The #1 Basic Need of a Lawn?☀️ Sunlight ☀️

The secret to a healthy and dense Gainesville lawn is comprised of three main ingredients:

#1 - Sun
#2 - Water
#3 - Food (Lawn Fertilization and soil amendments)

Today's video is focused on the most vital one - sunlight. Depending on how much your lawn gets in a typical day, is one of a couple factors that directly affects the density of your Gainesville lawn. Full sun lawns grow grass easily, regardless of grass type. However, similar to the 90's song, it's 'Mo' shade, mo' problems' when it comes to your grass.

Shade Trees.  Nearly everyone loves and wants them on their lot.  A big, beautiful, well-established tree can not only add beauty to your Gainesville Landscaping, they can also provide shade which in turn keeps your home cooler and will save you on your energy bill.  What is good for your wallet, however, isn’t good for your lawn. Too much shade is often the culprit for an unsightly thin area in a lawn, just like the video shows.  I can’t...

5 Things Your Gainesville Lawn is Trying to Communicate to You

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 #1
Problem: Brown Spots

What the Lawn Is Trying to Tell You: There are several causes of brown, or even dead, spots in your turf. Some are obvious...

VLOG: Which is better - Zoysia or St. Augustine grass?

Zoysia grass and St. Augustine grass perform completely different in Gainesville lawns, and neither is the "perfect" Gainesville, Fl turfgrass. They both have different strengths and weaknesses.

In this video, we specifically discuss the watering or irrigation need differences between the two.

Zoysia is coined as more drought-tolerant, and that is a factual statement - but it's important to understand WHY. It's not just more attractive during drought (because it isn't).

It is drought-tolerant because it stays alive during drought, even though it gets brown quicker than St. Augustine lawns and looks terrible in dry seasons without extra irrigation.

Per University of Florida's IFAS department-

'While Zoysia grass is often marketed as being more drought tolerant than St. Augustine grass, Zoysia requires just as much water in terms of frequency and volume as St. Augustine to remain green and attractive.

The attribute that makes Zoysia grasses...

VLOG: Should I Seed, Plug, or Sod the Bare Spots in my Gainesville Lawn?

A common question we get in spring is whether a homeowner should patch their Gainesville lawn with seed, plugs, or sod. The answer is always, 'it depends.'

It depends on the type of Gainesville lawn grass you have - St. Augustine, Zoysia, Bermuda, or Centipede . Some types of grass don't even have a seed available, so the choice is only to use plugs or sod.

Seed is only commercially available for Bermuda, Bahia, and Centipede (I forgot to mention Centipede in the video).

It also depends on the area you are trying to patch. Small areas surrounded with healthy grass are a better plug solution, and larger areas without any good turf are better for sod installation.

If you need help repairing your Gainesville lawn or would like a free lawn evaluation on how you can improve it, call our office at (352) 378-5296 or email us at info@themasterslawncare.com.

How to Avoid Frost Damage in Your Gainesville Lawn

Here are a couple tips to avoid frost damage in your Gainesville turfgrass. Regardless of if you have St. Augustine, Zoysia, Centipede, or Bermuda - these are great tips to help keep your grass protected on those chilly evenings in Northern Florida. 

  • Wait for the sun to rise to melt the frost from your lawn before stepping, driving, or applying impact pressure on your grass.
  • Give your grass a deep watering the night before an expected frost. The watering allows moisture to slowly evaporate overnight, causing friction and heat around the grass blades. As the night air drops below freezing, you turf will have a slightly higher temperature from the evaporating heat process, allowing your grass to not reach the freezing temperature that causes plant cell wall damage.
  • Move the mower blades up .5 inches, allowing longer leaves to help shelter grass crowns from future frosts.
  • Refrain from mowing right before a frost. Mowing creates a wound on
  • ...

What is Non Toxic Lawn Care in Gainesville and What are the Benefits?

Are there Alternatives to the typical Lawn Pest Control program in Gainesville? 

Yes. Natural landscape maintenance programs can achieve a healthy and dense lawn using the latest scientific developments in organic-based fertilizers and soil amendments. The Master's Lawn Care is a Gainesville, Florida Natural Lawn Fertilization company introducing practices will lead to a healthy vigorous lawn which resists pests and disease over time.

The benefits of Organic-Based Lawn Health Care in Gainesville, Florida lawns are proven and sound. Here are just a few of the benefits of using Natural Lawn Fertilizers and Organic Based Soil Stimulants:

  • Using organic-based lawn fertilizers to treat your soil causes a slow release of nutrients that allows grass roots to absorb
  • ...

What's in a Gainesville Organic-Based Lawn Fertilization Program?

The nutrients in fertilizers come from many sources. Synthetic fertilizers are manufactured using mined resources, gasses from the air, and other non-organic minerals. The nutrients in a Premium Gainesville, Florida Organic Lawn Program used derived fertilizers that are obtained from living matter, natural by-products, waste, microbes, plants, and other organic materials. There are many benefits to using fertilizers derived from organic sources. Here is the difference between how synthetic fertilizer programs and Organic Fertilizer Programs feed your yard: