Springtime in Florida offers some of the best weather in the country. It can be tempting to lay around and relax in the sun all day, but spring is also when your lawn needs the most attention. Your lawn requires care throughout the entirety of spring, not just during the first few weeks.
Below are some spring landscape care tips to keep your lawn happy and healthy this season and get it ready for the scorching Florida summer.
Commercial and Residential Spring Landscape Care
Taking care of your property involves more than just cutting the grass when it gets too long. Whether you’re looking after a residential or commercial landscape, these seven services will help you cultivate a thriving and lush spring lawn.
Mowing your grass regularly is one of the easiest ways to keep a healthy spring lawn. It may sound simple, but this weekly chore, although bothersome, has a big impact on the appearance of your lawn.
Understand What Length Your Grass Should Be
You should keep your grass around two inches long. Two inches is the ideal length because it’s long enough for your grass to establish strong and healthy roots without being long enough to have to worry about a lot of pests.
If you cut your grass too short, it can struggle to undergo photosynthesis and really thrive. This struggle can lead to your grass thinning or becoming fragile and leaves more space for weeds to sprout and overtake root space.
Clean Up Overgrown Trees and Shrubs
Most people have more than grass in their yard. Usually, there are trees, shrubs, flower beds, or other vegetation that adds to the overall appearance. However, some people focus on their grass so much that they forget about the other plants in their yard.
Pruning and shaping up overgrown trees and shrubs will not only improve your yard’s aesthetic appeal but also help prevent the plants from falling victim to various diseases.
Create a Watering Schedule
Watering is a vital part of spring landscape care, and it’s easy to stay on top of watering your lawn when you have a detailed schedule to follow. It’s best to water your lawn early in the morning or in the evening after the sun has set. Since these are the times when there is the least amount of evaporation taking place, the water can soak into the ground and nourish your grass.
A watering schedule will also help you avoid overwatering your lawn, which can weaken roots and leads to an increase in weeds, pests, and disease.
In Florida, many cities and counties have very specific guidelines regarding how often you can water your lawn and during what hours. You should research your local laws to make sure you’re in compliance.
If you fertilize your Florida lawn too early in spring, the fertilizer may end up feeding what’s left of winter weeds instead of your grass. You should wait about three weeks to a month after your grass turns that Florida green to apply fertilizer in the spring. After that, you should wait another three months before applying any more fertilizer.
The biggest threat to most lawns in Florida is invasive weeds. This is why catching weeds early is crucial to a successful spring landscape care plan. If weeds are not caught early, they can spread quickly and choke out healthy grass and vegetation.
Rather than applying a generic weed killer to your entire spring lawn and taking the risk of frying your grass, it’s better to manually pull out weeds as they pop up or spot treat problematic areas with targeted herbicides.
Inspect Your Lawn Often
You should inspect your lawn frequently to determine what residential or commercial landscape services you require. Your lawn’s needs change as the season progresses, so it’s important to regularly check it for signs of trouble.
If you notice your lawn has become very hard or compacted, aeration may be a good idea. This process will loosen up the soil and make it easier for roots to penetrate the soil and take hold. On the other hand, if you notice dead or bare patches, spring is a great time to reseed your lawn.
Add Some Flair to Your Landscaping
If your yard is lacking in curb appeal or beauty, spring is a great time to switch things up and add some flair to your landscaping.
There are many ways to refresh your landscaping, from adding a splash of color with a beautiful flower bed to creating an attention-grabbing focal piece. Even something as simple as installing pathway lights along your driveway can elevate your lawn’s appearance. Other landscaping ideas include:
- Planting new trees
- Creating a new pathway
- Installing a fire pit
- Building a retaining wall
- Building a gazebo
Unfortunately, many luxury residential landscaping projects are too big to undertake on your own. If you’re going for a professional, polished, and luxurious feel, consider enlisting the help of a landscaping professional.