Navarre Florida Based Commercial and Residential Landscaping Design, Installation and Maintenance
1801 Presidio Street, Navarre, FL 32566
13 Sep 2016
winterizing lawn

Winterizing Northwest Florida Lawns

Clients often ask us if they really need to winterize their northwest Florida lawn. We are not surprised by the question. Most people see plants growing year-round and only an occasional hard freeze. There are certainly different views on winterizing your northwest Florida lawn – the better question to ask is probably “What does winterizing do for my lawn”.

Why is it important?

Winterizing your lawn helps the grass through the cold winter season so it can make it to spring without disease or damage. If you want that pest free, lush green lawn come spring, you need to start with a healthy root system and soil structure.

What does winterizing involve?

Most think winterizing your lawn is just about fertilization and that’s simply not the case. In addition to the application of herbicides to prevent pest development we need to look at fertilization, irrigation cycles and mowing schedules.

 Why fertilize?

Most in northwest Florida use variants of grass suited to warmer weather like Centipede, St. Augustine and Zosya. While these grasses turn dormant in winter months a fertilization program tailored to your particular variety is still recommended.

What about timing?

Generally, fertilization should be done in October. You don’t want to continue feeding your lawn when it stops growing for the season. Remember to winterize any irrigation equipment before the weather reaches the point the equipment may freeze.

Why hire a Prestige Landscapes?

We know best when to complete all the winterizing steps, what fertilizers to apply to your lawn and how much of it to use. Choosing the wrong fertilizer and applying too little or too much is one of the most common DIY mistakes made.

Prestige Landscapes offers competitive and convenient annual landscape maintenance plans. Let us handle the work and leave you to enjoy the space. Click here to set up an appointment or feel free to give us a call today.

26 Aug 2016

National Dog Day – Let’s Talk Urine Spots

It’s National Dog Day. Let’s talk about keeping your lawn free from those pesky urine spots!

A common misconception is that acid in dogs urine is what causes brown spots to appear on our lawns. In reality, the culprit is actually high nitrogen content of the urine. Nitrogen is the byproduct of protein breakdown through normal body processes. Our dogs have diets high in protein leading to high levels of nitrogen in the urine.

The most effective way to prevent these brown spots, while not all that practical, is to water the area where your dog urinates right after they finish. If you don’t feel like getting the garden hose out several times a day you might consider keeping a watering can nearby and fill it as needed for use.

Grass variety is also a factor in urine tolerance. Fescue and perennial ryegrass are the most resistant. If you practice watering your dog’s urine, as mentioned above, with these varieties, the urine can even act as a fertilizer. Some of the least tolerant varieties are Bermuda and Kentucky Bluegrass with Bermuda being the least tolerant of any.

It’s important to also remember dogs are very smart and can be trained to urinate in specific areas of the yard. You might consider creating a dedicated space using a gravel bed or even some artificial turf and work to train your pooch to do the business in the same location. K9 handlers have long trained dogs to “take a break” on command – food for thought!

Before you consider any of the over-the-counter supplements claiming to eliminate this problem we encourage you to consult with your veterinarian. Remember, nitrogen is naturally occurring in the body and the use of supplements will potentially alter these natural processes.

Remember, our four legged babies are family too and you should never scold them for making you have to work a little harder to keep that lawn healthy and green. Extra treats from everyone today – It’s National Dog Day!