There are several common misunderstandings about taking care of a lawn. Getting to the bottom of what is important in Florida lawn care will help ensure that everyone uses the best practices to keep their lawn looking green, beautiful and healthy.
To help get started, here are some often misrepresented lawn care facts that will get you back on track for a better looking yard all year-round.
- 4 hours – on average, people spend 4 hours per week on a typical city-sized property in maintaining their lawn. As this is year-round in Florida, that means about 8 days a year are spent just in mowing alone.
- Fertilizers and chemicals – in the United States, approximately thirty billion dollars a year is spent on chemicals for lawns. This includes fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. For many lawns, the use of natural organic materials such as using grass clippings to build organic material in the soil can be just as beneficial and is absolutely free.
- Water requirements – during the peak growing season about a half to ¾ of an inch of water is all that is required for healthy grass to grow. At the hottest time of the year, this may need to go up to an inch, but no more than that is needed by the grass. Ideally, soak the surface of the soil just to the root level.
- Off season – during the months of October through February most lawns will not require additional irrigation. Dry patches that occur may be signs of disease and may not be problems with moisture if the surrounding areas are healthy.
Finally, it is important in lawn care to avoid cutting the lawn too short. This is a common mistake, and it can result in brown or dead spots and a lawn that is prone to an invasion by weeds.