Navarre Florida Based Commercial and Residential Landscaping Design, Installation and Maintenance
1801 Presidio Street, Navarre, FL 32566
02 Jun 2017

Your Lawn and Heavy Rains

It’s June and two things are certain – hurricane season is here and the next four months will bring us considerable rain. The 32566 zip code averages more than 27 inches of rainfall between June and September, more than 40% of our annual average total. Extended periods of heavy rain can stress your lawn and there are a few things you can do to help with recovery.

  •  Allow time after heavy rains for the water to fully absorb into the ground. Absorption will vary based on a number of factors, including rainfall totals.
  • During absorption, minimize foot traffic on your lawn as the turf is susceptible to damage.
  • Consider feeding your lawn. If the rainfall was high, it may have washed away much of the nutrients your lawn needs to thrive and fertilization can help with rebuilding strong roots.

Here are some of the things to look for following extended periods of heavy rain that might indicate lawn damage.

  • Thinning lawns
  • Dead patches
  • Discoloration
  • Noticeable wilting

If you are still not sure, call a professional for an analysis. Prestige Landscapes, LLC offers no obligation consultations and we’d love the opportunity to earn your business. Call us today (850) 393-1168

 

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!

22 Jun 2016
dead lawn

Reducing Lawn Stress in the Summer

Summer is officially here and with it comes heat, dry weather, increased foot traffic, bugs and weeds to stress our lawns. Here are a few simple steps you can take to help your lawn cope with the stress of summer.

1. Mow high with a sharp blade

Dull mower blades shred grass causing them to lose moisture. Shredded blades turn brown and make the lawn look unkempt. Taller grass grows deeper roots meaning better access to moisture and most varieties of grass prefers to be mowed high. Because of this, a good practice in the summer months is to set your sharp blade on one of the highest settings.

2. Water in the AM

The most efficient time to water a summer lawn is between 6-10 AM. Doing so will result in less water loss due to evaporation and leaves ample time for the lawn to dry before nightfall. Watering lawns at night invites disease and doing so in the heat of mid-day is a waste due to evaporation. If your sprinkler system is on a timer, adjust accordingly.

3. Reduce foot traffic

Grass stays beaten down and can be damaged when walking on a dry lawn. Heavy foot traffic can lead to compaction of the soil and limit air flow to the roots. The blades of a well-watered lawn will spring back when walked on.

4. Use drought tolerant grasses

If your lawn is prone to summer stress you might want to overseed in the fall with a drought tolerant variety. These grasses tend to stay greener, even in the heat of summer and will spread to fill in those annoying bare spots.

As with all our tips and recommendations, Prestige Landscapes is here to help. Our team of landscape professionals is here to help with any commercial and residential needs. Don’t let another summer of lawn stress keep your home or business from looking its best.