Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Orlando Fall Lawncare Tips

Now that Orlando temperatures are finally starting to drop, fall lawn care is on the minds of many homeowners and commercial facilities. While most lawn types grow pretty well at this time of the year, only the Bahia grass start to go dormant and make limited growth.

Fall Lawn Fertilizer & Watering

St. Augustine, Zoysia, and Bermuda grasses are sending out new shoots, so now is the time to give your lawn a little extra care. Check for dry spots and give them a little extra water. Also, a late fall feeding with a winterizer type fertilizer can help as well. However, too much fertilizer can make grass more susceptible to diseases and brown during the cold months.

Miller Enviro-Care's late fall fertilizer promotes root growth important which is important for the grass to survive the winter and green-up early in the spring. Pre-emergent's are also used to control fall weed problems.

Fall fertilization can lead to:
  • Healthier grass not competing for nutrients
  •  A strong root system to survive the winter
  •  Green grass in the early spring.

Be sure to talk to your pest control and landscape experts at Miller Enviro-Care about the specific fall needs for your grass and shrubs. Our technicians will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Winter Ryegrass

By overseeding with annual winter ryegrass, homeowners can enjoy a green carpet during the winter, instead of having to look at a brown lawn. But when you buy the seed, be sure to ask for the annual, not the perennial. Annual winter ryegrass will die back when summer's heat returns, turning over the lawn once again to the warm season grasses. The problem with the perennial winter ryegrass is that it doesn't go away, competing with your warm season grasses for sunlight, water and nutrients.

The 2011-2012 winter months are predicted to be mild this year. While many Central Florida residents overseed with ryegrass to maintain a green lawn, this year it may not be necessary. Many lawns may not turn brown during this winter, so we recommend waiting to see if the cold turns the lawn brown and then make that decision. However, if your lawn has bare spots and don’t plan to fill them in until spring, ryegrass might be a good choice.

Miller Enviro-Care has over 30 years of combined experience in Pest Prevention, Termite Protection and Lawn Care Solutions. We are in business to protect the health, food, property and quality of our environment for customers throughout the Orlando area.

No comments: