The Yard Stop Lawn & Pest Control Inc. Quarterly Newsletter
We are warming up and your lawns needs are at their highest demand of the year. Our treatments this time of year are aimed at helping to reduce the stresses of our high temperatures and the increased insect pressure that comes with the more frequent rain and 90+ degree temperatures. Mowing height is one of the biggest problems we encounter and improper mowing height or frequency can be the difference between a lush lawn that can choke out weeds and withstand minor insect problems and a lawn that is over run with creeping weeds such as dove weed, button weed and other mat-like weeds as well as insect problems that thrive in hot spots in the lawn such as chinch bugs. University of Florida recommends mowing frequently enough so as not to remove more than 1/3 of the leaf tissue at one time as it will stress the lawn and could leave it vulnerable to insects and diseases. Your mowing height also directly correlates to root depth, if you mow your lawn at 4″ then your roots will typically be around 8″ long in our native soil. Deeper roots will improve drought tolerance which in turn will save you money on watering the lawn less frequently.
This time of year, Florida gets semi consistent rains but we do experience several days at a time where there is no measurable rainfall, it is important to water 1-2 times a week at ½”-3/4″ each cycle. Zoysia grass requires 1/2 inch of water every 3 days. Due to the thin texture of Zoysia and its growth characteristics, it is prone to brown out in intense heat, so consistent watering is required…contrary to how it was originally presented and sold to the public. Zoysia grass responds to drought by turning brown and going dormant in a short period of time (within a week under typical drought conditions). In the absence of rain or irrigation, zoysia grass stays dormant for extended periods of time. Once irrigation or rainfall resumes, zoysia grass will regain its green color within 1-2 weeks. Irrigating on an “as-needed” basis is the best way to water any established turf stand. Well established St. Augustine grass only needs 3/4 — 1 inch of water per week. The best way to water is to water when grass blades are folding vertically like a book, indicating drought stress. Less frequent long watering sessions are generally better than frequent short sessions. Short, 5-10 minute watering sessions simply won’t reach the root zone, leaving your turf drought stressed even though you are watering regularly. If you are having irrigation issues, please contact Jennifer in our irrigation and landscape division @352-368-7599
While we are diligently working to provide you with a consistently beautiful pest free lawn through timely soil amendments, nutrient applications, insect, weed, and disease controls, we appreciate your good cultural practices with regard to mowing and watering. We hope you have found this newsletter timely, informative, and helpful. Thanks to all of you who have told a friend or neighbor about us… we really appreciate it! Enjoy your summer and we’ll keep it growing!