6 Steps To A Greener, Healthier Lawn


Article by: Jim Reinhardt

It is important to understand that a lawn , Palm Tree Lamps that is easy to care for and gives you the health and beauty you desire is dependant on several steps including those that occur before you make your first application of fertilizer.

St. Augustinegrass, the type of grass , Bedding Plants and Plugs (small plants) in most Florida homes, , Herb Farming Is A Profitable Business comes in many subtypes called varieties and have different characteristics that make them more or less suited for various conditions like shade tolerance and others. The term lawn , Palm Tree Lamps or turfgrass as found below will be used interchangeably to refer to St. Augustinegrass.

1. Turfgrass Establishment:
Successful turfgrass establishment is important because without it lawns , Starting a Wildflower Garden perform poorly and become infested with weeds , Tidy Your Garden Up Cheaply that later can be difficult or impossible to selectively control. Proper soil , Landscaping Ideas and Landscaping Design preparation followed by the selection of quality sod that is of the appropriate variety (cultivar) for your general shade conditions, combined with properly installed irrigation all contribute to the success of turfgrass establishment.

Neglecting any of these important steps can lead to necessary corrective action in order to maintain a healthy , Landscaping Ideas and Landscaping Design desired lawn. , Selecting Outdoor Benches This action can include removing sod from an area that is too shady for grass , Landscaping Ideas and Landscaping Design to grow , Creating A Balcony Garden Oasis and replacing it with a more shade tolerant plant , Tidy Your Garden Up Cheaply material, pruning , Which of the Hundreds of Tomato Varieties Should I Plant? a tree , Garden Water Feature - The Fish Dish to allow more sunlight, adding or moving sprinklers, or removing the existing weed , Choosing the Right Mower infested areas and re-sodding with the appropriate variety following proper soil , Solar Outdoor Lighting preparation.

2. Mowing:
St. Augustine grass , Quickly Grow a Natural Privacy Screen or Sound Barrier should be mowed frequently enough to never remove more that one third of the grass , Starting a Wildflower Garden blade and always with a sharp mower , Starting a Wildflower Garden blade.Mowers should be set on the highest setting for all varieties other than semi-dwarf varieties such as Seville and Delmar, which should be mowed at about two and one half inches high. When mowing once per week, this practice can be easily followed during the slower growing , Garden Water Feature - The Fish Dish cooler months but becomes more difficult during the fast growing , Don't Roll that Lawn rainy summer , Planning Your Patio Garden months.

A dull mower , Understanding Weeds - But mostly How to Kill 'em blade will split and tear the grass , Bonsai Trees For Sale - Things To Know Before You Buy blades that will eventually die from their wounds. Split and torn grass , The Endearing Language of Flowers blades can thin the grass, , Solar Outdoor Lighting encourage weed , Basic Chainsaw Maintenance growth, cause an entry point for fungus and detract from the overall appearance of the lawns color , How to Prune Lilac Shrubs by combining dead grass , Transplanting Deciduous Shrubs blades with green healthy , Transplanting Deciduous Shrubs ones. Grass , Landscaping Design - The Primary Principles clippings should be mulched and returned to the grass , How to Prune Lilac Shrubs to be used as an additional source of nutrients.

3. Irrigation:
Proper irrigation conserves both water , Light Up the Night! Quick Facts about Outdoor Lighting and fertilizer and contributes to a healthy , Garden Water Feature - The Fish Dish lawn by encouraging healthy , Hibiscus Flowers root growth while discouraging weeds , Easy Pond and Water Garden Construction that thrive during constant wet conditions. Irrigation should be performed as needed by recognizing temporary wilt symptoms and then applying three-quarters of an inch of water. , Adding a Feature to Your Yard If a regular frequency is desired and you are in the St. Johns Water , Gardens: They are Fragrant, Breathtaking— the Perfect Idea for More Outdoor Decor Management District, you must follow the irrigation requirements that allow watering only two times per week and only on specified days that correspond with your street address.You should then apply only three-quarters of an inch of water. , Garden Feature - The Fish Dish Ask your Dr. Jack's horticulturist for a free irrigation gauge to help you determine how long you need to water , How to Grow Wildflowers each area (irrigation zone) and set your timer (controller) up accordingly.

4. Fertilizing:
Fertilizer is a lot like vitamins. There are many different opinions on what fertilizer is the best and what the frequency and rate should be.

Turfgrass experts will all agree that St. Augustinegrass must receive additional fertilizer other than grass , Bedding Plants and Plugs (small plants) clippings in order to be healthy , Using Push Reel Mowers and have a good green , Tidy Your Garden Up Cheaply appearance. Most turfgrass experts will also tell you that St. Augustinegrass in Central Florida requires 4 to 6 pounds of nitrogen per 1000 square feet per year. Most will also agree that nitrogen should be applied at 1 pound per 1000 square feet, and that formulations should contain some slow-release fertilizer. We recommend that as much as 50% of the nitrogen applied should be a slow-release form.

Do not be fooled by the term organic! , Tulip Bulbs Organic , Using Push Reel Mowers can be an expensive slow release synthetic or natural , Tulip Bulbs long feeding product, , Using Push Reel Mowers or it can be a cheap quick release synthetic or natural , Using Push Reel Mowers slow feeding product. , Things You Should Consider When Buying Your First Garden Leaf Blower The important key word again is slow-release.

Since our soils , Hibiscus - Tropical Beauty in Central Florida usually contain adequate amounts of Phosphorus, and because Phosphorus is detrimental to the health of our lakes, it should be applied in smaller amounts than Nitrogen and Potassium or eliminated from the fertilizer completely. Potassium is important for root , Fences growth and should be included at rates close to those of Nitrogen. Micronutrients such as Iron and Manganese help with turf color , How to Prune Lilac Shrubs but can cause staining if applied to paved surfaces.

Generally, you get what you pay for when it comes to fertilizer. The cheaper the fertilizer the more you will need to buy and the shorter time it will last. This will ultimately cost you more than if you buy a more expensive fertilizer that requires you to use less but feeds your turf far longer.

Good quality broadcast spreader types are the easiest to use and achieve the best results. Avoid getting any fertilizer on paved surfaces and if you do, blow or sweep the pellets back into the lawn , Don't Roll that area to avoid potentially staining paved surfaces. It is also important to apply fertilizer in a manner that can be utilized by the grass , Quickly Grow a Natural Privacy Screen or Sound Barrier and not wasted or cause pollution , Tomato Plant Care to our lakes. Many of our paved surfaces drain into lakes and can carry misapplied fertilizers into our waterways during rainfall. All fertilizers are harmful to our lakes so you should always follow Florida's Best Management Practices (BMP) when making fertilizer applications. You can learn more about fertilizing and other Best Management Practices by visiting:
In conclusion, you need to determine several things before you apply fertilizer. Have you purchased the desired blend? Are you going to apply the right rate evenly so that you achieve an even, rich color , The Care of Cattleya Orchids that you desire while avoiding damage to the lawn , Basic Chainsaw Maintenance from applying too much fertilizer? And most importantly, are you avoiding any detrimental environmental , How to Prune Lilac Shrubs impact?

5. Pest , 'Sir Cedric Morris' Hardy Geranium Control:
A certain level of expertise is required to properly identify the different pests , Things You Should Consider When Buying Your First Garden Leaf Blower that can harm our St. Augustinegrass turf before you decide to use a pesticide. You can view pests , Solar Outdoor Lighting that damage St. Augustinegrass by visiting: http://www.pestweb.com
Proper identification of insects, diseases , Tomato Plant Care and weeds , Selecting Outdoor Benches will help you decide if a pesticide is required and if so which one should be used.

You need to read and understand the label before making any application of pesticides. There are several things you can do to reduce the need for pesticides on your site. These include proper watering, mowing, fertilizing, reducing traffic where possible, and avoiding any other stress to the grass. , Tulip Bulbs If you are unsure about what you are attempting to control, you should consult or hire a professional.

Any pesticides that are unused in an application should be stored safely away from children, always kept in their original container with the label attached, and never disposed improperly by pouring them into a sink drain or body of water. , How to Grow Wildflowers

6.Change Your View and Perspective:
If you think your lawn , Barefoot at the Cottage doesn't look as good as you think it should, or it is not as green , Herb Farming Is A Profitable Business as your neighbors across the street, try walking across the street to view your lawn. , Care Tips - Six Easy Steps to a Great Lawn

There is no such thing as the perfect lawn , Using Push Reel Mowers and sometimes we see things up close that aren't apparent from further away. You will probably find several things wrong with your neighbor's lawn , Hibiscus - Tropical Beauty up close that were not apparent from your home , The Care of Cattleya Orchids across the street. Having a residential St. Augustinegrass lawn , How To Find Cheap Flower Delivery In Your Area that looks like a closely mowed Bermudagrass hybrid that you play golf on is an unrealistic goal. Remember, the grass , Things You Should Consider When Buying Your First Garden Leaf Blower is always greener on the other side of the street!

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Dr. Jack's, a Central Florida Plant , Basic Chainsaw Maintenance Care & Pest , Bonsai Trees For Sale - Things To Know Before You Buy Control company, was founded in 1972 by Dr. Jack Reinhardt (Plant Pathology). The family owned and operated company provides high quality lawn , The Care of Cattleya Orchids & ornamental lawn , Hibiscus Flowers care, termite protection, and pest , Landscaping Ideas and Landscaping Design prevention by degreed horticulturists. Jim Reinhardt, Jack's son, earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida. Jim's brother, Rick Reinhardt, president of Dr. Jack's, obtained a degree in Horticulture. Jim has been a licensed , How to Prune Lilac Shrubs Florida Pest , Easy Pond and Water Garden Construction Control Operator since 1985. He has served on the Orange County Agricultural Advisory Board and many tasks committees with the Bureau of Entomology an Pest , Landscaping Ideas and Landscaping Design Control (division of DACS).

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