Sanford lawn care services
Living in Orlando, we're saddled with the work of mowing the lawn all year long. But hey, this might be a positive thing! Our mild climate makes it easy to spend time outdoors, enjoy lawn games, and barbecue in the winter. You clearly want a wonderful lawn, but where do you start with lawn care in Orlando? Here, we set out an easy-to-read guide to all the basic aspects of Orlando lawn care. We emphasize mowing, fertilization, and other essential specialty services. If you choose not to tussle with your lawnmower, give Lawn Love a call and we're going to tie you up with some Orlando lawn care. But if you're a DIYer, we hope this is a great guide for you!
Orlando's Proper Lawn Mowing
First, make sure you mow the lawn to the right height. It depends, of course, on what kind of grass you have. The most popular species of grass in Orlando is St. Augustine, and for this type of grass, you want to cut it to around 2-4 inches. St. Augustine cultivars vary quite a bit, but you're going to contact a lawn care specialist to see which cultivar you have and how long you're going to let it grow. Bermuda grass can be trimmed even shorter, only 1 inch long. Beautiful though it is, Bermuda grass can be a pain in handling, since it needs much more upkeep than St. Augustine or Bahiagrass.
First, you're going to want to set the correct mowing plan. Depending on the variety of grass, fertilization, and weather conditions, these can vary from once every few days to every few weeks. According to the University of Florida, a reasonable rule of thumb is to leave "twice as much leaf surface as you cut at every single mowing. In other words, if you want to keep your lawn at 2 inches, cut your grass when it's 3 inches tall." Mostly, during the intense growing season, we suggest a weekly shift, and we recommend a bi-weekly shift when grass growth slows down a bit.
Orlando Lawn Mowing Tips
- Keep the blades clean. Dull blades will make the grass look choppy and raise the chance of lawn disease.
- Don't remove the clippings. Contrary to common opinion, grass clippings don't add to the build-up of thatch. They can actually help to absorb nutrients into the soil.
- Don't let your mowing routine fall by the wayside. Keep up with it regularly, and you're going to prevent having to do additional labor in the future, not to mention preventing lawn disease.
Fertilization in Orlando
Fertilization is an essential lawn care service in Orlando since it can feed the nutrients that might be missing in your lawn. While it will depend a bit on the kind of grass you have, for the most part, you can and should fertilize 2-4 times a year. Suppose you have St. Augustine or Bahiagrass, you can fertilize AT LEAST twice a year (fall and spring). Ideally, spring fertilization in Orlando will improve the roots of your lawn in the run-up to warmer weather, and fall fertilization is necessary because fall grass conditions are more favorable to fertilization. In addition, fertilizing your lawn at the end of spring/early summer is perfect because your grass is bustling and hungry for nutrients. At the end of the season, fertilizing your lawn will help to combat damage from sun, drought, foot traffic, and insects. It's important to get on a fertilization schedule that is tailored to your unique lawn, so don't hesitate to contact your local lawn care practitioners in Orlando.
Fertilization tips for Orlando
- Check the PH level of your soil and use a fertilizer with the correct nutrients to compensate for the deficiencies of your lawn.
- Choose a gradual release, granular fertilizer so you don't have to fertilize more often than is necessary.
- The more you spray your grass, the more fertilization sessions you will require.
- Clean up well after fertilizing. Do not let the fertilized water spill into other streams. Take care of your surroundings!
Watering can accompany natural irrigation, and the grass should never be drained. However, during the dry season in the summer, you may want to give your lawn a drink now and then. Often, winter appears to be a season when lawns can require a little more manual watering.
Core aeration is the act of removing little soil plugs out of your grass to reduce strain in your lawn. This makes it possible for the grass to breathe and embrace nutrients. Core aeration should be conducted AT LEAST once a year. It is prescribed bi-annually, once in the spring and once in the autumn. If you're just doing it once, do it in the fall. According to our Burke lawn care buddies, you're not allowed to use those spike shoes because they potentially improve compaction in your lawn. Yeah, and still overseed when you're aerating (the two go together like salt and pepper).
Overseeding is particularly important in the area of winter lawn care in Orlando. Since we have warm-season grass varieties and styles, if it dips a little in the temperature during the winter, you're going to lose your beautiful green lawn. If you want your lawn to be green all year long, taking care of the cool weather grass (Ryegrass is the most common here) will do the trick. Before you do so, you'll want to mow and make sure you're watering seeds more often than not. According to our Woodbridge lawn care partners, you can do this once a year before your lawn is thick and lush, then a few years after that. However, your particular lawn is special, so always reach out to a local lawn care specialist to receive an expert opinion.
These are the absolute fundamentals of what it takes to grow a great lawn in Orlando. In addition, there are also other specialty lawn maintenance practices that you can do, such as hedge trimming, mulching, sweeping, sodding, etc. The above tips would put you ahead of 80 percent of lawn owners.
Will you need assistance tending to your lawn? Visit our Orlando lawn care page for more information! In addition to Orlando, we also have lawn care facilities in Kissimmee, Apopka, Oviedo, and Mount Dora.