We may live in what feels like endless summer here in Florida – but our yards need different care throughout the different “seasons” our area experiences. Although you likely will spend a little extra time this spring working on your interior spring cleaning, you should be careful not to neglect your outdoor living areas too.
The northern states experience freezing temps, snow, and ice – all hazards we gratefully miss during our winter months. Florida does have its own unique set of challenges for the newness of spring, however. Our winter doesn’t get nearly the moisture the rest of the country does, which can cause a whole host of issues for your lawn that needs to be worked out this time of year.
Can we clear the air with you? Aeration is too often overlooked as a great practice for springtime all over the country, much less how vital it is here in Florida. It’s possible you don’t even know what aeration is – that’s ok, most folks don’t, and we are here to educate you.
When the soil has been stomped all over, not paid near as much attention to, and had the weight of even the little cold we get here weighing on it, it has a bad tendency to compact. Now you have these lovely young seeds and plants firmly in the ground, ready to begin their growth and spring into action – only they can’t as there is little room for them to spread out their roots. And what’s this? No rays of sunlight to greet them or the cool refreshment of water to quench their thirst.
This is where aeration makes its grand entrance. Using only cutting-edge technology, your lawn pros come in and punch holes in the soil, pulling out clumps of it as we go along. The aeration process allows all those important nutrients to get to the roots and makes room for your plants and grass to spread out and create their spring home.
Clean Up, Clean Up, Everybody Do Their Share
So, yes, we don’t have to deal with all the grossness of things like snow mold and other such nasties that you will find up north, but we do have our own share of nastiness that can fester in the debris left in your yard over the “hard” winter.
Just because it doesn’t rain quite as much in the winters here, we are still in a very humid climate, and as such, you risk things like disease and mold to grow wild and free in the debris left strewn around your property. You likely have not mowed as much, as there isn’t a huge need for it, so the leaves have begun to pile… and stay there.
Having the pros out to do a good and thorough cleanup of your lawn and yard space can help prevent the worst of the havoc that mold and other lawn diseases can ravage on your yard and yourself. Allergy season is here, and it’s important to get ahead of it before it gets ahead of you.
Water: Too Much of a Good Thing?
We’ve mentioned a couple of times now how the winters in the Sunshine State are really where the name comes from, as there is very little rainfall during the months we are leaving behind.
Resist the temptation to break out your irrigation system and go to town on your lawn. This is not a great idea.
Water will need to be applied to your lawn with more frequency at the beginning of spring to bring those new green grasses to the surface – but it’s important not to overwater as that can cause just as much damage as too little water.
It won’t be long before the skies will open at least once a day and feed your lawns and gardens all the amazing nutrients freshwater provides. Until then, trust our professionals to examine and assess your irrigation system to see how we can best help get just the right amount of water to your precious lawn.
Get Your Motors Running
You likely have not heard the hum of mower Motors around your neighborhood nearly as often throughout the cold months of winter here in Florida. That’s because, typically, mowing only needs to occur maybe twice a month. Springtime is when that casual mode needs to end.
In the springtime, we start going back to at least once a week mowing, especially dependent on the type of grass that covers your landscaping. Every type of grass requires a different amount of mowing needed and different height settings on your mower. Many people don’t realize this and just chug right along, not paying attention to what their mowers’ settings are actually doing to their lovely yard.
It’s also important to make sure that the job is done right the first time at the very start of spring. This means that the mower’s blades need to be especially sharp to go ahead and cut away anything that may be dead or lacking in your yard space.
Mowing is much more complex than most people realize, which is why you should trust the professionals at Premier Lawn Care to take a good look at your lawn and determine what course of action is best for you.
Get Ahead of the Worst – Weeds
It’s also easy to want to get a jump on ridding your lawn of the tiny green invaders that most called weeds. While it is important to get out ahead of weed control and ensure your lawn stays weed-free, it’s equally important to do it the right way, at the right time.
Attacking your lawn with the first herbicide you can find is a no-go for your springtime routine unless you want to see your grasses pay the price of it. Pre-emergent herbicides are a fantastic use of resources when applied correctly. A great deal of the time, it’s equally useful to roll up your sleeves and simply start pulling out what pesky weeds you can find.
Our experts are highly skilled at knowing the best way to wage war on your weeds without harming the grass surrounding them. Each outdoor living space is its own unique and magical place, and we treat it as such.
On Your Mark, Get Set, Get Ready to Fertilize
Much like water, fertilizer gifts your soil with many life-giving properties. Mulches also can protect plants and make your yard look fantastic. But just like making sure that you’re reading the weeds properly, time and place are everything.
It’s crucial to note that you may see a running theme throughout this message: too much of a good thing can often be detrimental to your property. We recognize that you are excited to fire up the barbecue, invite your friends and family over, and take in all those breaths of fresh air in the Florida sunshine. We are excited to help you get there—the right way.
Premier lawn care is dedicated to providing fast, reliable, and the utmost personal service. In our communities of Gainesville, Alachua, High Springs, and Newberry, we hold in the highest regard and commit to providing only the best service. We don’t just stop at lawn maintenance, landscaping, and mulching for our residential and commercial properties. We offer much more! Contact us today for a free estimate!