What Causes Weeds In Your Yard and Can They Go Away Permanently?
As the daily high temperatures rise, several issues can arise with central Florida homeowners’ lawns. Creating an optimum environment for a healthy lawn in Florida requires quite a bit of maintenance. The best way to ensure weeds stay out of your yard is preemptive care. Once weeds become established, the process of hand removing or spraying herbicides takes more time and money, often requiring professional help.
In central Florida, we often see dandelion, crabgrass, dollarweed, goosegrass, along with many other weeds this time of year. As the temperatures rise, it’s vital to adjust your landscaping schedule to ensure your lawn and shrubs can endure hurricanes, extreme heat, and excessive rain. Adjusting fertilizers, cutting height, and water schedules are some of the most important considerations you can take to ensure your lawn stays healthy and weed-free!
Mowing and Watering
Grass that’s mowed too short or receives too little water can quickly burn up from the sun. Shrubs and trees act the same way. Generally, shorter grasses spend most of their energy generating new top growth, while taller plants spend more time developing their roots. As you can imagine, longer roots create a more drought-resistant plant. Raising your mower’s blade height in the summer can help encourage root development. You should also be monitoring how often you’re mowing your lawn. Too often or too little can cause stressed-out grass that allows for easier weed development. We recommend cutting your lawn every 5 to 6 days.
Another aspect of proper Florida summer lawn maintenance involves watering. Most central Florida homeowners understand the strict restrictions around lawn watering. Orange County limits lawn watering to twice a week during the summer months. Lawns that are ‘deep watered’ weekly can help build stronger roots and create a more resilient plant. Deep watering involves watering less often but with slightly more water. Instead of watering 3/4 inch of rainfall twice weekly, water 1 inch once weekly. Watering early in the mornings also gives plenty of time for the water to absorb into the soil before the heat causes it to evaporate.
Fertilizing
Our lawns are much more susceptible to fertilizer and sunburn in the summer. Overfertilization is common in the summer and can cause stressed-out grass. Generally, most lawn care companies will still fertilize warm-season grasses during the summer, but just less quantity, and usually not during the peak summer season when temperatures are over 95 degrees. The general rule of thumb is to fertilize your lawn only when it’s actively growing. So for central Florida warm-season grass, between March and October or November. It’s often less stressful to get professional help when fertilizing. Every species of grass and situation can be different. Having an expert opinion can save a lot of headaches and money in the future.
Spot Treatment
As with fertilizing, spot treating weeds is often less stressful to leave to professionals. Every weed is unique and can respond differently to herbicides. When pulling weeds becomes unmanageable, spot treating can help kill the weed first, making removal easier.
Regular aeration, fertilization, and routine mowing can all help create a beautiful, healthy lawn come summertime. If you need any additional help maintaining any weeds this summer, give us a call.

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