Florida’s humid subtropical climate brings a rainy season from May through October. While these heavy but brief rainfalls are good for plant growth, too much water can cause root rot.
Florida lawns should be watered two days per week during hot, dry seasons, and no more than one day a week during cooler weather. Watering should occur during the normal “dew period” of the day, extending (whether before or after) the “dew period” can promote disease and rot in your turf.
Your Florida lawn requires periodic application of fertilizer to ensure healthy growth and a lush look. Fertilizers release a blend of nutrients critical to the development of your lawn.
The height of grass matters both in appearance and health. The University of Florida says “The higher the grass, the more extensive the root system becomes.”
This means you should allow your grass to grow on the taller side. The shorter the blades of grass the more energy and nutrients are needed for the grass to grow new blades.
Contrary to popular belief that springtime is the best season for transplanting, the most beneficial time to redesign your outdoor landscaping space is actually during the fall. However, planning for this new design should begin well in advance of any planting or demo of existing greenery.
Deploying new landscaping in the fall allows plants to adjust to their new home and prepare for a prosperous season of growth during spring and summer.