preparing your lawn for south florida fall

Preparing Your Lawn for South Florida Fall

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Even if fall in South Florida might not be as cold compared to other states, the weather still shifts to a cooler temperature. During the colder season, expect some chilly days and even a slight morning frost. For plants and grass that are accustom to the warm and sunny weather, the change in climate can bring lasting damage if you don’t prepare for it in advance.

Before the weather somewhat transitions to fall, it is imperative to keep your lawn in top condition and ready it for the seasonal change.

The simple tips below will ensure that your lawn is healthy and can stand the fall season in Florida.

  • Fertilization – By fall, your lawn has probably used up the nutrients from the spring and summer treatments. This time of the year, you should be replenishing all the used nutrients in the form of soil fertilization. This will help the grass to maintain its deep green color and withstand the change in temperature.
  • Weed control – In Florida, cold evenings are the perfect setting for lawn diseases such as Brown Patch Fungus to flare up and this can happen almost overnight. If your lawn has been treated for weed control, this will prevent weeds to germinate or settle their seeds.
  • Install new sods – While you might experience some lawn problems when autumn kicks in, it’s not all bad news. Fall will be the perfect time for you to install plants and new sods. This is because plants will not lose water so quickly compared to when the weather is hot and sunny. Additionally, plant roots tend to grow very quickly during this season. But before you install new sods, inspect it carefully to make sure there are no insects of fungus. Because new sods are usually subject to little to no light, it becomes a perfect breeding ground for fungus and other diseases. For this reason, make sure that your sods are given lawn care treatment from professionals just after you install them.
  • Keep mowing – Grass is usually dormant during autumn which means that it has a much slower growth rate. However, this does not mean that you should lock the mower and save it when fall is over. Keep your grass short – but at a manageable level – to take the weight off from the top heavy grass blades. This also makes sure that your lawn is healthy and restoring it will be easier when the temperature is back up.
  • Get ready for the frost or not – If you experience morning frost in your area, you need to know that certain types of plants are immediately damaged if you don’t prepare. If you have young trees, shrubs, and other outdoor plants, you can cover them with frost blankets. If you have plants in pots, you can move them indoors until the temperature is warm enough to bring them back out.

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