Would you like to keep your lawn fresh and green all winter long? Well, so would we! Here at Brandon Pest Control, we love a beautiful green lawn, so anything we can do to help you keep it that way is our goal! Some main issues we’ve noticed our clients facing in the fall months are slowed lawn growth, diseases and browning, among other fall lawn concerns. So, here are a few fall tips for the year round Florida lawn tender.
When it’s time to start raking those leaves, there are a few other things you can do to winterize your lawn during the fall season. The time for fertilizer has come and gone, sorry you missed it. Typically, our last fertilizing opportunity for Northern Florida is usually in September. So now that it’s October – this is the perfect time for overseeding! If you’re interested in continued lawn maintenance, overseeding is a great way to keep your lawn looking green and fresh in the fall and winter months. It’s when you plant a temporary grass in those spots that tend to thin out during the cooler months. The best time is now, and when the temperatures heat up again, those grasses will die off, revealing your beautiful spring lawn again! The best, and most common strain of grass used for overseeding will be ryegrass, it grows fast and it’s affordable too. Simply wait for the high temperatures to drop to a consistent 70ish degrees and you can sow that right into your existing lawn. Just make sure to rake and mow before seeding, and then give those seeds plenty of water to germinate. Then you will ensure your lawn looks full and fresh all winter long.
Another lawn concern we notice is certain diseases that can rear their ugly heads as the rain lessens. Most often, the first sign of a lawn fungus will be large brown patches that begin to flair up and spread out over time. But with our summer and fall seasons FULL of rain, Floridians are at a higher risk than most to be affected by a condition called “take-all root rot.” It’s a fungus that lives in your lawn year round, however with long periods of rain exposure putting stress on your lawn, that’s when it can really become a problem. Symptoms begin in the roots, and then spread, killing off large sections of your grass. The best course of action for this type of fungus is prevention, unfortunately, which includes proper care and maintenance of your lawn. Turn your sprinklers off during hurricane season and don’t over fertilize. Stay on top of it and pay attention to any discoloration or spotting and hopefully you can keep your fall lawn concerns at bay all season long. If you would like more information on this, visit some of our earlier posts on lawn maintenance and keep up the good work!