CURRENT 2018 SPRING TIPS AND TREATMENTS:

TURF APPLICATION “TIME TO WAKE UP OUR LAWNS”

We are now making a liquid fertilizer application to our lawns to prepare for the spring “green-up”. This application of liquid fertilizer includes nitrogen and potassium to help stimulate root growth. In addition, we are applying the microbial inoculant Quantum Growth® which enables the turf to better utilize nutrients and water. This application of fertilizer needs to be watered in properly to release the nutrients into the soil so the grass roots absorb them.

PRO SHRUB SERVICE

With spring upon us, we will begin our spring Pro Shrub Service application starting in Mid-March. This application includes Micronutrients, Insecticide and Quantum Growth® to help keep your landscape beautiful and healthy. If you do not have our Pro Shrub Service Please Call 389-3491 Today for a Free Shrub Inspection.

CHECK IRRIGATION SYSTEM

Now is a good time to check your sprinkler system to make sure it is operating properly. An easy way to check your irrigation system is to place small straight sided cans (cat or dog food cans) two to four feet apart in a line from the sprinkler head to the outside of the zone. Turn on the sprinkler zone and run it for fifteen minutes, then measure the average depth in each can. Multiply this measurement by four to determine how much each zone puts out per hour. (Example- ¼ inch in 15 minutes equals 1 inch per hour).Water should be applied at the rate of 1/2 an inch once per week, unless we have adequate rainfall to supply moisture for the lawn. When temperatures increase so does the lawns need for water. By properly applying moisture now we will encourage deep root growth so lawns will better survive conditions during times of drought, which will protect your investment. Be cautious of over watering, as this will only encourage thatch, disease, and weed infestation.

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SPRING TIME AND COLD DAMAGE

With another cold, blustery and wet winter, damage to lawns and shrubs will be evident. St. Augustine grass is a semi-tropical grass which can be damaged by frost. Lawn areas that were weak going into the winter due to stresses like chinch bugs, mowing too short, poor drainage, or heavy foot traffic are most susceptible. Open areas are also more prone to cold damage versus areas lightly shaded by trees. With areas of winter damage, wait until Mid-March to use a leaf rake to remove the old plant leaves. Once raked, add a layer of topsoil to cover the remaining grass about 1/4” to ½” in depth to help promote new growth and reduce thatch issues. This practice, called topdressing will lead to a healthier lawn and give you a better curb appeal.

CHECK MOWER BLADES

We recommend ensuring the blades on your mower are sharp. Sharp blades help to ensure your lawn will grow healthy. Mower blades that are dull provide an uneven cut on the grass plants which can lead to disease issues and give an unpleasant appearance. Mowing with sharp blades produces an even cut which allows the plant to heal better afterwards.

PROPER SHRUB CARE

Proper pruning and other cultural practices of shrubs are important to the health, aesthetic properties, and life span of plants:

  • It is important to ensure that mulch is not on the base of the plant or around the trunk of the plant. Mulch should be placed from the drip line out. Improper mulching habits will cause improper nutrient, oxygen and water exchange between the plant and soil.
  • Clean, sharp trimming utensils are essential for proper pruning. Avoid using dull trimmers that cause ripping of the plants as this will leave an opening on the plant that may not heal properly.
  • When trimming avoid taking off more than 1/3 of the plants height. Taking more than 1/3 may cause a plant to not function properly and may produce an unsightly plant.
  • Avoid over watering established plants. All too often plants that are fully established continue to receive that same amount of water as when first planted. Many of our plants do not like “wet feet” and may begin to rot with excessive moisture.

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Determined by our current phone inquiries:

How often should I water my lawn?
During Daylight Savings Time we recommend that you water 2 times per week.
During Standard Time: one time per week.

How much water is recommended for my lawn?
Apply up to ¾” or less each watering cycle.

What are the local watering restrictions?
During daylight savings time:
Odd numbered addresses may water on Wednesday and Saturday
Even numbered houses may water on Thursday and Sunday and
Non-residential addresses are allowed to water on Tuesday and Friday.
For more information on watering times and restrictions, refer to the St. Johns River Water Management District website. www.sjrwmd.com/wateringrestrictions

What is the best time of day to water my lawn?
During the early morning while natural dew is present. No watering is permitted from 10am-4pm unless you are establishing a new lawn.

Do these days and times also apply to a homeowner watering with well water?
Yes. These restrictions are for everyone whether you are watering with well water or city water.