#9: Proper Lawn Care for Southwest Florida

Lawn Care

This is the 9th installment in “11 Ways to Ensure You Have the Greenest, Healthiest Lawn in Your Neighborhood which can be downloaded for FREE from our library of eBooks.

With the right attention, any lawn can be beautiful. By learning how to properly plan for and care for your yard, you can keep it thick and healthy for years to come.

Selecting the Right Grass

If you are just starting out, it’s imperative to choose…

…a grass that will work with the local climate and conditions. Here in southwest Florida, common grasses are St. Augustine grass or zoysia grass. Some people may prefer the look of Bermuda grass or bahia grass, but growing it in a shaded area is not recommended. If your lawn is particularly shady, it will be prone to thin grass. Weeds are more likely to invade a lawn where the native grass is not robust. If you aren’t sure what particular soil and shade levels your grass will tolerate, call Larue Pest Management for advice.

An Alternative to Harsh Chemicals

Herbicides and fungicides definitely have their place in your Fort Myers lawn care arsenal. But if you keep an eagle eye on your lawn, you’ll avoid over-using them. When only a small number of weeds are visible in your lawn, get a jump on the problem by pulling them out by hand. You might be surprised how effective and easy it can be. If you’re careful, hand-pulling also eliminates the problem of spreading disease or weed seeds with your mower or weed whacker.

11 Ways to Ensure You Have the Greenest Healthiest Lawn in Your NeighborhoodAvoid Damage or Compacted Soil

Heavy traffic – whether by foot or by car – can damage lawns. When grass is smashed down, it doesn’t have room to breath. The blades of grass can’t extract as much oxygen. Compacted soil creates further problems when water can’t drain away – leaving grass vulnerable to disease and weeds that thrive on tight turf.

Look Beyond the Lawn

Do you have footpaths, landscaping, flowerbeds or other non-grassy areas? These features – while lovely – may be a source of weeds or insects in your lawn. Go the extra mile and buy synthetic mats with herbicide underneath beds. Use mulch or a reasonable alternative to keep things in order. The mulch will block the light from reaching the soil, preventing weed germination.

Prevent – or Prepare to be Patient

Once you are invaded by weeds or pests, you have an uphill battle. Heavily damaged turf takes much longer to recover than grass with minor problems. Preventative measures like having your irrigation and fertilization program checked by an expert can help you avoid mistakes.

If you’re ready for Fort Myers lawn care, shrub care and irrigation services that will have your yard look like the best in the neighborhood, then contact us or give us a call at (800) 314-8813 and get your free inspection today!

– Keith

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