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Florida Lawn Tips

The Florida Lawn — The Complete Picture

A beautiful lawn can add character as well as value to your home, but achieving that beautiful lawn is a three-part process:

  1. Proper Watering:  Following a proper watering schedule will help develop the root system and reduce insect, weed and disease pressures. Please ask your Corey Enterprises representative for more information and basic guidelines for setting your irrigation system properly. Remember, your watering requirements will change as the seasons and climate changes, or if there is significant rainfall. Over-watering is just as bad as not watering enough!
  2. Proper Fertilization:  Proper fertilization is crucial in a quality lawn. Too much fertilizer can create a spongy, or “thatchy” lawn, making watering and weed, disease or insect controls difficult. Corey Enterprises uses the highest quality fertilizers available today, many of them custom blended just for us. Our fertilizers are balanced, slow release, full nutrient blends containing the macro, micro and trace nutrients that our Florida lawns require.
  3. Proper Mowing: Proper mowing is every bit as crucial as proper watering and fertilizing when maintaining a quality lawn. Allowing the grass to get too tall, or cutting too low (scalping) can be very detrimental to your lawn. Always mow St. Augustine grass 4 inches or higher, even during the winter months. Lawns should be mowed at least weekly during the summer months and as needed during the winter, never removing more than 1/3 of the blade length at one time. Always make sure that the blade on the mower is sharp. A dull mower blade will leave the grass blades torn and tattered cause them to “bleed”, which leads to unnecessary stresses, a poor appearance, weak roots, insects and disease.

It has been my experience that too much is often far worse than not enough when it comes to our lawns. If you have questions about these practices, or any other issues with your lawn, contact Corey Enterprises for more information.

Some information courtesy of State of Florida Department of Agriculture.

Proper Lawn Watering

Proper Watering — The Key To A Quality Lawn

With all the growing communities within the state of Florida, demands on our water resources are at an all time high. Many city and county governments have imposed tougher restrictions on water usage, often limiting the number of days we can water our lawns and shrubs. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we utilize our watering to its fullest. Here is a list of facts and tips to help you maximize your watering:

  1. Never water during the day!  Daytime watering can be lost to evaporation. Sprinkler timers should be set to come on between 3:00am and 4:00am and be finished running by 8:00am.
  2. Never water during the rain!  Many local governments and water management districts require rain sensors be installed on all new systems. But like many other devices, they too need regular maintenance. If your watering system comes on during or shortly after a rain storm, call a reputable irrigation company to test your sensor.
  3. Do not water after a heavy rain!  If it has rained ½” or more within a couple of days of your scheduled watering, or if rain is in the forecast, turn your irrigation timer off. Mother nature does a far better job than any sprinkler system can.
  4. Do not water in “short bursts”.  The best rule of thumb is to water for longer durations, but less frequently. Watering for longer durations allows the moisture to penetrate deeper into the soils, thus developing a much deeper, stronger root system. Constant watering leaves the root system weak and shallow, and contributes to weeds, thatch and disease problems.
  5. Apply 3/4″ to 1″ of water per watering!  Because sprinkler heads and sprinkler systems are all different, it is often necessary to calibrate your sprinkler system to find out how much time is needed per zone to achieve 3/4″ to 1″ of water. Remember, a mist head, or “pop-up” will put out up to three times as much water as a gear driven, or “rotary” sprinkler. To find out how to calibrate your sprinkler system, contact Corey Enterprises or the County Extension Agent.
  6. Watering requirements change seasonally!  Often, watering requirements will change within a season. The general guideline is: Winter —  once every 10 to 14 days; Spring/Fall — once every 5 to 10 days; Summer —  once to twice a week. Remember, this is only a guide and should be adjusted according to rainfall and temperature fluctuations.
  7. Water your lawn only when it needs it!  Letting your lawn dry out is actually beneficial to the plants root system, helping it become more drought tolerant. Look for the signs of drought: leaf blades folded in half, large areas taking on a blueish-gray appearance, and/or foot traffic or lawn mower marks remain for extended periods of time, and then water deeply. Chinch bugs, root rot and certain funguses can look like drought. To be sure, contact Corey Enterprises for an analysis.
  8. Shrubs often require far less water than your lawn!  Many of the shrubs we use in or Florida landscapes, once established, require only minimal watering. Keeping the water off the foliage is also a good practice. Water on the foliage can help spread diseases from one plant to another, and is not useful to the shrub. When possible, use bubblers or soakers at the root zone for a more effective watering.

For more information on watering, water restrictions or information for repair on your irrigation system, contact Corey Enterprises Lawn and Landscape.

Some information courtesy of State of Florida Department of Agriculture.