If your Florida property has a lawn, you undoubtedly want it to look as lush and full as possible. With proper care, your lawn can be the envy of your entire neighborhood.
Follow these tips and your lawn will grow thick and healthy every year.
Thickening Up a Sparse Lawn
Bare, dry patches can ruin the overall look of your lawn. If you notice some areas that don’t look as healthy as others, you can target those areas for over seeding. This essentially involves applying fresh grass seeds over your existing lawn. As these seeds take root, they’ll begin to sprout within what is left of your existing grass, making it look fuller. This method is ideal if you simply need to fill in a few small patches that aren’t at their best.
For areas that have completely died off, fresh sod is a better option. Sod is grass that has already begun growing, so it will transform the appearance of your lawn right away. It typically comes in rolls or patches, somewhat like carpet. To install sod, you’ll simply need to unroll it to lay it down flat in your yard. As it continues to grow, the roots will make their way down into your soil, strengthening the grass and enabling it to thrive.
With either of these methods, it is important to fertilize in order to jumpstart new growth. This will help the new seeds or sod to take root and start growing well right from the start. Spring is the best time to fertilize, as it is right at the beginning of most grasses’ growing period for the year. However, it is fine to fertilize later in the year; it just won’t be quite as effective. Be sure to choose a fertilizer that is specifically formulated to provide the nutrients your particular grass type requires.
Maintaining a Lush, Beautiful, Great Lawn
Overseeding or applying sod will be a waste of time if you don’t follow the best practices for lawn care, as the new grass will continue to die off just as the previous grass did. When you discover sparse patches in your lawn, do your best to identify the problem as quickly as possible so that you can address it.
For example, you may find that your lawn is suffering from disease or pest activity. All the fresh sod in the world won’t make it look fuller if it is infested with pests. You’ll need to treat the underlying cause of the die-off before you can begin to restore your lawn to full health. Once you have gotten rid of the pests or disease, it will be much easier for your new lawn to thrive.
Evaluation should also include a soil test. This will alert you to any potential nutrient deficiencies in your soil so you can address them with fertilizer. A healthy lawn starts down in the soil, so don’t skip this important step.
The next step is to evaluate your sprinkler usage. Try to determine whether there are any areas of your lawn that are getting over- or under-watered, as this can contribute greatly to bare or sparse patches. Adjust your sprinklers accordingly to ensure even watering across the entire lawn. Don’t forget to take sunlight and shade into account as the sun moves across the sky throughout the day.
Finally, mow more frequently. While this may seem counterintuitive, it actually helps your lawn grow better. The tips of grass blades contain hormones that slow growth when the grass begins to get too tall. By trimming off these tips, you’ll be encouraging your lawn to keep growing. Try not to cut more than a third of the grass’s height in a single mowing session, because this can stress the grass and inhibit growth.
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