A Guide to Central Florida Lawn Care by Season
Our Seasons are Subtle, but They Still Exist!
Here in Central Florida, we don’t experience extreme winters and frigid springs like other regions of the country do. For the most part, our weather ranges from mild to hot, with plenty of humidity, lots of sunshine, and big storms during the summer. However, even though you can generally expect warmth in the spring, summer, and fall (and a handful of winter days), it’s still important to cycle your lawn care practices according to the season.
Whether you’re a homeowner or you’re working with a landscaping company, it’s a great time to map out your landscaping calendar for the rest of the year and stock up on the tools and supplies you may need. Starting with the spring, here are some of your must-do landscaping tasks by season:
Spring Lawn Care Tasks
Every good landscaping program starts in earnest in the spring.
Dethatching the Grass
As temperatures gradually start to increase after the beginning of the year, your grass kicks into grow mode. Dethatch the grass by raking it and clear away leaves at the same time. Doing so helps clear out and detangle the thick undergrowth that may have become matted during the winter months, which in turn leaves plenty of space for fresh new growth. It also helps to impede the development of fungus and makes for cleaner, easier mowing.
Aerating the Soil
The average rainfall in Central Florida increases by about an inch from December to March. If your soil has become too densely packed, that can lead to drainage issues and can also prevent your grass from getting the deep watering it needs. Aeration is a great service for landscaping companies to offer to their clients during the spring months and can greatly assist in creating a lush green lawn in months to come.
pH Testing the Soil
Your soil’s pH changes over time. Depending on weather conditions, it may become more acidic or more basic as the weeks go by. Test your soil’s pH sometime in the spring to determine whether you need to amend it with nutrients that help to properly balance it.
Summer Lawn Care Tasks
The heat of the summer brings along excessive UV rays and plenty of rain. You’ll need to protect your lawn as it grows.
Raise Your Mower Height
You’ll be mowing your lawn frequently all summer long. Since this is the case, it can be tempting to cut your grass as low as possible each time to potentially reduce that frequency. However, doing so in the summer while insect and microorganism activity is at its peak can leave your grass prone to damage and infestations. Keep your mower deck fairly high and keep up with those weekly or biweekly sessions–you’ll be rewarded with a strong, lush lawn.
Adjust Your Watering Schedule
Florida thunderstorms can be unpredictable, but you can still expect a higher amount of precipitation during these months. Reduce your sprinkler use in the summer and be smart about the timing of your watering sessions. Not only will you be protecting your lawn from mold growth, you’ll also be protecting Florida’s water supplies.
Fall Lawn Care Tasks
In some instances, fall can be indistinguishable from the summer, but there are subtle changes that require some specificity when it comes to your landscaping plan.
The summer rains too heavily for fertilizer to take hold, so the fall is the best time to apply fertilizer to fortify your lawn during the winter and prepare for an abundant spring. As a professional, you should be able to determine the right blend of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium for your clients’ lawns. As a homeowner, it may be helpful to consult with a professional to ensure you have the best blend.
Knock Out Weeds and Insects
Insect and weed activity aren’t as high in the fall, which gives you a fighting chance at knocking them out. By fully eradicating weeds and reducing insect populations, you’re setting up your lawn for success when the growing season starts up again.
Winter Lawn Care Tasks
Yes, we do have winter in Florida! Your lawn will go at least partially dormant, but it’s up to you to keep it healthy in cooler temps.
Keep Mowing, but Reduce Your Frequency
You won’t need to mow the lawn as frequently when temperatures dip, but you still need to mow. Keep it neat and maintain a higher blade length to keep grass healthy. This will also go towards fortifying your lawn’s roots so that you can start the spring with positive results.
Cut Down on Water
You may think your lawn needs extra water during the winter to compensate for drier conditions; however, since your lawn is dormant during this season, boosting your watering amounts can have the opposite effect. Only water your lawn when it’s absolutely necessary, and avoid watering at all costs when you’re facing a frost.
Set Yourself Up for Success With Great Lawn Equipment
No matter the season, maintaining your lawn care equipment is an important part of producing a lush, healthy lawn. From sharp mower blades to new belts and fresh fluids, Gator Mower Parts has everything you need for success. To learn more, call us at 407-260-1292 today.