The unusually chilly winter weather we’ve been having in Pensacola makes it difficult to think about springtime being around the corner. Still, the spring season will be here before we know it. And if you love those warmer days and take pride in a beautiful spring lawn, you’re probably already starting to think about what you can do now to set the stage for a lush and green spring lawn.
As a new temperatures draw nearer, it’s important to understand that proper lawn care in northern Florida includes ushering our lawns from one season into the next. That means that proper Pensacola lawn care is a year-round endeavor.
If you’re a Pensacola resident, you may be worried about how your lawn will bounce back from these colder fall and winter temperatures. But rest assured, with proper care it will come back.
Here are five vital steps to give your lawn every chance to thrive this spring:
1. Give it time! The first and perhaps most important step is not to rush things. While it’s typical in northern Florida to begin lawn care work as early as February, colder-than-normal fall and winter temperatures dictate a longer wait until the ground is completely thawed out. In fact, anything you’re doing to frozen ground will essentially be fruitless — and even potentially damaging — when it comes to improving the health and look of your lawn. A good rule of thumb this particular season is to hold off trying to green up your lawn until it’s time to drink a green beverage — aka, St. Patrick’s Day.
2. Make sure your sprinkler and irrigation systems are functioning optimally. Once the temperatures are warm enough that there is no more threat of freezing, you’ll want to make sure your watering and irrigation systems are in proper working order. Hot and dry weather can quickly damage your lawn if it’s not properly watered. Checking your sprinkler system and irrigation is also important to make sure there are no leaks, and that there are no areas where water is building up. Sprinkler system leaks can be costly, and standing water can cause mold and insect infestations in your lawn.
3. Rake and mulch your lawn. If trees are part of your landscaping, it’s imperative to rake up any fallen leaves that still remain prior to spring. Not only do they make great mulch for plants and flower beds, but standing or matted piles of leaves or old mulch will prevent water and nutrients from getting to the roots of your lawn. Fresh mulch, on the other hand, allows water and nutrients to get to the plants in your lawn, helping them to thrive.
4. Select products that are suitable for your Pensacola lawn. It’s important to understand that while every big-box home and garden center sells a “one-size-fits-all” fertilizer or weed and feed, those products could ultimately do more harm than good to your lawn. Do your research before you purchase weed-and-feed formulas to determine exactly what product will be best for your grass type and your lawn’s sun and shade conditions. Once you do settle on a product, make sure to read the instructions thoroughly and follow them exactly — and don’t skip over the safety instructions. They’re important in ensuring that the products you choose are properly and safely used and stored.
5. Decide if you’re a do-it-yourselfer or if you need professional help. While it’s easy to be gung-ho at the start of spring, your Pensacola lawn care needs will last for many months beyond spring. Consider the time commitment required to handle weed and insect control, feeding, fertilizing and mowing, and be realistic about whether you can devote the time and energy needed to achieve the lawn you desire.
If you decide you would like to enlist the help of a professional, or if you simply have questions about some of the best do-it-yourself options, our Pensacola lawn care company is here to help.