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.
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.