Since 1995, Maverick’s has been providing landscaping and hardscaping answers for Central Florida’s toughest turf questions. We are experts on Florida grass and greenery and can best answers your questions in an in person review of your location. Here are however a few answers to commonly asked questions that you may have. If you have additional questions don’t hesitate to reach out to your Maverick’s team today and schedule a walk through of your location.
Florida’s humid subtropical climate means that the rainy season lasts roughly from May through October. Typically, the rainy season brings short but heavy periods of rainfall that can quickly flood the landscaping. While rainfall promotes plant growth, too much water can cause root rot.
We recommend watering Florida lawns two days per week during the hot, dry seasons. You should water no more than one day a week during cooler weather. Please note that you will likely not need to water at all during the rainy season unless there is no rain for 3 days.
Remember, watering should occur during the day’s standard “dew period”. Extending (whether before or after) the “dew period” can promote disease and rot in your turf.
As with most lawns, your Florida lawn requires periodic application of fertilizer to ensure healthy growth and a lush look. While your lawn naturally has access to most nutrients, it is often not enough to maintain a vibrant look. Fertilizers help by releasing a blend of nutrients critical to the development and maintenance of your lawn.
When you fertilize your lawn depends significantly on the type of grass and your local restrictions. Most commonly, it is recommended to fertilize your lawn in spring, summer, and fall. However, your local government may ban fertilizing during the summer months to protect waterways.
Please note that you should avoid fertilizing your lawn when heavy rains or tropical storms are expected, as the fertilizer can wash away from the soil before it has time to take effect.
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.”
You should allow your grass to grow on the taller side, even if that goes against conventional height standards. This is because the shorter the blades of grass, the more energy and nutrients are needed for the grass to grow.
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 throughout winter and prepare for a prosperous season of growth during spring and summer.
Additionally, any hardscaping structures such as pathing, pergolas, etc., should be designed and implemented in fall and winter.
This answer varies depending on the type of plant or tree. For plants, it is recommended to water deeply the first two weeks after planting. After, it is every other day for the following two to three weeks. Then, every third day for two to three weeks after that. Of course, you do not need to water if your plants receive rainwater of more than one inch in a day.
For trees, it is recommended to water twice a week for the first year or until the tree is fully established.
Please note that larger plants may require more than average watering during the first three years of life during hot and dry seasons.
Weeds grow best when provided with the right combination of light, air, moisture, and oxygen, just like plants and flowers. To minimize this, it’s best to cut off their access to such conditions. The best way to prevent weeds is to lay down a thick layer of mulch or bark immediately after planting.
Just as hair needs regular maintenance and trimming to maintain a healthy and beautiful look, trees need regular pruning to accomplish the same lush vibrance. Regular trimming promotes growth, refines aesthetics, and prevents disease, damage, and may help prevent insect infestations.
How often and when in the season to trim your trees depends on the species. Some trees require pruning every year, while others need biannually.
To determine when to trim your trees, we recommend speaking with professional arborists, like Maverick’s, about your tree species, desired aesthetic, and landscaping goals.
Aeration is when you put small holes in your lawn to allow air, water, and fertilizer better access to reach the roots.
When soil becomes overtly compact, it can negatively affect your lawn’s growth capabilities. To prevent this, aerating your lawn every spring is recommended. If your property sees high traffic, it may become compacted quickly, and you may also need to aerate your lawn in the fall as well.