Not sure what's killing your lawn?
Growing and maintaining a lush lawn should be easy in South Florida’s sub-tropical climate, right? But it’s not! Florida lawns re-quire attention and a little bit of expertise to keep them green and beautiful. Here are some of the most common problems people experience with their lawns:
Fungus will kill your lawn and make it an eyesore. Lawn fungus is easily prevented by properly watering your lawn. Watering should be done between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. allowing 45 minutes of watering to each section. This allows the water to reach the grasses’ roots and also allows the lawn to dry out during the day.
Chinch bugs are the most common turf dam-aging pest in South Florida. Their presence is usually first noticed as brown spots in the lawn. Keep a close eye on suspect areas and contact a professional to treat the problem locally. Quick identification is key to treating these pests so as to minimize both the damage to the lawn as well as the surface area that must be treated.
St. Augustine grass, the most commonly used grass in Florida, should never be cut shorter than 3 inches. Giving your lawn too short of a cut makes it more susceptible to disease and pests.
Dull blades on the lawn mower
Maintain sharp blades on your lawn mower. Sharper blades give a cleaner cut, which looks more crisp and minimizes damage to the grass blades. Hacking at your grass will drain it of nutrients and tear up the grass, creating brown tips on each blade of grass.
Failure to follow directions
When fertilizing your lawn read and fol-low the directions on the fertilizer. Do not over use, under use, or misuse the fertilizer. Overusing the fertilizers can lead to excessive run off and burn spots on your grass, while not using enough is ineffective. Also, keep the fertilizer on the grass only and off of non-porous surfaces, such as your driveway.