We are now in the winter months and keeping your lawn maintained is just as important now as it is in the spring and summer. Even though your lawn growth has slowed during this season, the soil microbes are still busy at work. Whether you have concerns about watering, rooting, or weed control, we have a few tips to help you love your lawn even more in 2021.
- Properly managed water
Lawns in Florida need less water during winter than the rest of the year. A general rule of thumb is to give your lawn about an inch of water per week. For most lawns, you'll need to water about once a week during the winter, which is also the limit from the County's water management plan as well. Avoid watering your lawn during any temperatures below 40-degrees, as this water can freeze on the plants creating worse frost damage than a simple frost. Smart controllers are generally set up to not water below freezing automatically, but if you do not have a smart ...
If a St.Augustine lawn has developed circular patches of dead, brown areas of turf, then the most likely cause for these brown patches will be a lawn fungus disease called Brown Patch, or Large Patch Fungus.
Brown Patch lawn disease is triggered in a consistent time of year as the weather transitions from Summer to Winter or Winter to Summer (transition seasons of spring and fall).
Brown Patch will be identified by circular browning patches of lawn which will continue to grow in size from the size of a dinner plate up to a few feet in diameter. Multiple circles of Brown Patch are common on St Augustine lawns infected by the disease.
The browning leaf of the Saint Augustine grass will also pull away from the grass stem very easily. On inspection, the lower part of the dead leaf will appear as a rotting dark brown color.
Treating Brown Patch Disease in Saint Augustine Grass
Prevention is the key to stopping all lawn diseases in a...
Fall Weed Control = Big Opportunity! The best time to get rid of invasive weeds in your lawn (like Doveweed and Basketgrass) is right now!
Identifying Doveweed and Creeping Basketgrass in your lawn early is one of the most important ways to protect your Gainesville Florida lawn in the late summer and early fall season. This video was filmed in early September and is about how to identification some invasive weeds before they take over your lawn. This video is more about identification than how to do lawn weed control because it is so difficult to control these weeds without products specifically formulated for licensed weed control professionals, and also depends upon your type of turf as to which will work.
If these lawn weeds are caught early enough and you prefer to DIY your lawn weed control program, reducing irrigation and hand-pulling is the most effective way to keep these weeds from spreading. However, they do spread rapidly so it will be a...
The most common mistake made in weed identification for summer and fals weeds is mistaking globe sedge and other nutsedges as sandspurs. If they are green and soft on the stem (as show in the video), it is almost always a sedge such as globe sedge, nutsedge, or kyllinga.
Weed control in Gainesville lawns always starts first with proper identification, because that is how you choose the approach. To control sedge, you reduce irrigation and use a product like sedgehammer. If you have actual sandspurs in your lawn, you would increase watering and use a non-selective herbicide with a strong pre-emergent.
Sandspurs are typically found in dry arid areas (hence the term sand) such as cow pastures, sides of the roadway, or non-irrigated turf. True sandspurs are brown and are rarely ever soft enough to pinch between your fingers.We will do a later video on controlling actual sandspurs - but controlling sedge is all about proper
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What is Take-All Root Rot in my Gainesville Lawn?
Take-All Root Rot is a fungal disease that lives in the soil and attacks turf when conditions are favorable. Most commonly, it is found in St. Augustine lawns, however it can also be found in Bermuda and even Zoysia turfgrasses.
What causes Take-All Root Rot?
Take-All Root Rot is caused by the fungal pathogen Geaumannomyces graminis and is found in soil in Gainesville, Alachua, and Newberry Lawns. Less-than favorable conditions that allow for this attack on turf include:
- Mild winter weather
- Excessive rainfall or irrigation
- Stress from poor mowing practices (too low, not often enough)
- Heavy clay soils
- Poor drainage
- Compacted soils
- Nighttime irrigation schedules
- Excessive shade
What are the symptoms of root rot?...
Although there can be a number of different factors affecting why your lawn isn't as green as your neighbors, one of the most common is the available nutrients.
In this January video, both lawns have the same turfgrass cultivar, watering practices, and mowing heights. The difference is simply differing lawn application programs (or lack thereof) during the fall.
In Alachua County and Gainesville, Florida lawns, there is what is commonly called a 'fertilizer ban' or 'fertilizer ordinance' in the fall and winter. That doesn't mean you cannot apply nutrients to your lawn and soil - just specifically Nitrogen and Phosphorus are banned, not other nutrients such as potassium, iron, molasses, kelp, humic, carbon, micronutrients, or soil amendments.
We recommend lawn applications throughout the year, but of different nutrients to keep your lawn healthy. We believe a healthy soil will equal a healthy lawn, so we feed the soil just as much as we feed the lawn to...
"Why does The Master's Lawn Care base its lawn health program on 6 visits?" We get this question a lot, pretty much anytime we enroll a new client into our Gainesville lawn care program. Why 6 visits and more to the point, does a lawn need that much fertilizer to stay alive?
Truthfully, no. Lawns don't need to be treated 6 times per year. In fact, it was just a few years ago that we were offering a 5 application program (we visited homes roughly every two and half months). However, what I came to realize is that our clients don't want just a fertilization company. What our clients want is a company who takes care of their lawn. If you had the time or expertise to watch over your lawn, you wouldn't have called us in the first place and would be doing the work yourself.
That is why we now visit 6 times a year. If you're waiting too long for your lawn application company to come out, a lot of bad things can happen in the time between visits.
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...
WHY IS AERATION FOR YOUR GAINESVILLE LAWN SO IMPORTANT?
Simply put, aeration is essential to having a healthy, resilient lawn as it lets oxygen, water, and nutrients penetrate past the topsoil to reach the root zone of your turfgrass, where essential lawn nutrients can stimulate roots to grow and create healthier, stronger Gainesville, Florida lawns.
Aerating your lawn is pretty cool because it …
- Better enables oxygen to get below the topsoil ...