healthy lawn needs four things -- fertilizer, weed
control, water, and proper mowing. The following
are tips to keep your Florida lawn looking its
your lawn needs to be aerated or dethatched,
do it before applying fertilizer and weed
control. Aeration helps water and nutrients to
penetrate compacted lawns. Dethatching
removes the dead root and leaf layer that
accumulates with some turfs and allows more
moisture and nutrients to get to the soil to
help decrease diseases and insects.
soon as green is noticed in your Bermuda,
Centipede, Saint Augustine, or Zoysia grass, a
high nitrogen, slow-release fertilizer should
broadleaf weeds are a problem in your lawn use
a selective weed control. Non-selective weed
controls will kill both weeds and grass and
should only be used for walkways, patios,
mulched beds, or driveways.
type, soil type, rain frequency, and weather
conditions determine how much water should be
applied to your lawn. Too little water will
cause your lawn to wilt and turn brown. Too
much water can cause lawn diseases and in the
case of St. Augustine lawns, invasion by
type also determines mowing height. Proper
mowing results in a deeper root system which
makes the lawn easier to care for.
you notice yellow or dead patches in your St.
Augustine turf, treat it for chinch bugs.
Dursban or Diazinon insecticide may be applied
in either granules or liquid form. Be sure to
follow the label directions and keep pets and
children off the lawn until the sprays have
dried or the granules have been watered into
the lawn and allowed to dry.