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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.

10 Jun 2016

Landscape Preparation for Hurricane Season

Prestige-LandscapesThe unfortunate reality that is hurricane season is upon us and on the minds of many living along the Gulf Coast. While taking care of your gardens and landscape isn’t a top priority when a named storm is headed your way, there are things you can do to protect your home and garden before a hurricane hits.

Safeguarding your garden from these weather events involves both short-term and long-term planning. Common sense and good tree care are critical in your long-term plan. Much of the damage caused to homes comes from trees that are either break apart or are uprooted during storms. Making sure your landscape features trees proven to be more wind resistant, like live oak, magnolia and bald cypress will go a long way in helping to prevent storm related damage and these trees are native to the southeast and will grow well.

Location of trees is very important. You don’t want to plant trees too close to structures or under power lines. Once planted, make sure you keep an eye on them as they grow and mature. When starting with young trees you are in the driver’s seat to ensure proper maintenance resulting in trees developed to withstand some of the forces of nature. Regularly inspect trees with an emphasis on the mature ones for structure and general health. Weak or diseased trees come with increased risk of damaging your property in the event of a storm.

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When a storm is approaching and your find yourself boarding up the windows in preparation, be sure to look around your yard for any and all loose, lightweight objects small enough to be stored indoors. Pool owners should toss large objects like patio furniture in the water as it will help to keep these objects from being thrown around by the wind. If you don’t have a pool or a garage and have large objects of concern in the yard you can tie the items together and use a strong, heathy tree in the yard as an anchor.

Generally, flowers and shrubs don’t require storm prep. That said, be prepared to do some pruning and possibly replanting should you experience a storm. Small potted plants and hanging plants should be brought inside.

Following these suggestions will help prepare your garden and landscape for hurricane season and allow you to focus on what is most important – protecting your family and property. Here’s to a quite hurricane season.