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The Real Reason Your Pensacola Lawn Care isn’t Working

Posted by Jeff Williams

Oct 5, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The Real Reason Your Pensacola Lawn Care isn’t WorkingAt Lawn Master, we have handled Pensacola lawn care, learning and perfecting our craft, for over 30 years. Of course, we don’t claim to know everything.

In fact, our experienced team of technicians are learning new and valuable things all the time, as we work hard to keep this area as beautiful as possible.

But, we have learned many details over the years that the average homeowner may not realize.

One of the seemingly simple, but actually very challenging elements to maintaining a great looking lawn in this area is timing. And that may very well be why your lawn is struggling right now.

Timing is everything

If you want your lawn to not just survive, but thrive throughout the year here in Northwest Florida, you need to be sure it’s getting all its basic needs cared for at the right time and in the right balance. Just like you and I, your grass gets hungrier and thirstier at certain times more than others. And, it’s also important to remember that Mother Nature isn’t always as consistent and predictable as we sometimes hope.

In short, everything that happens to your lawn, from a 3-week heat wave to a 3-day hurricane, effects how it needs to be cared for, and one of the most important aspects of handling that is understanding timing.

Following is a list of items that require accurate timing to be effective caring for Florida lawns:

  • Weed control - For many weeds, treatment has to be handled with pre-emergent herbicides early in the Spring before germination begins. This helps manage the issue before it develops.
  • Insect control - Similarly, preventing pest infestations through appropriate preventive treatment with insecticides is often more successful than trying to eliminate an established population.
  • Watering - A number of factors can affect when and how much to water your lawn, not the least of which involves the amount and frequency of rain in your area. Additionally, it’s best to water your lawn when it’s not going to quickly evaporate. This could be different times of day depending on the time of year.
  • Mowing - While some people assume the best way to mow is to pick a day and time and do it consistently every week, that’s not always the case. It’s best to mow your grass to its optimal height at a time when you won’t be removing more than a third of the blade. Based on the type of grass, amount of water, amount of fertilizer, and time of year, that window of time could change weekly.
  • Fertilizing - From a timing perspective, most of the errors in fertilizing come from doing it too often, especially late in the year when excess fertilizer can prevent your lawn from going properly dormant during the colder season.

Other aspects of your routine Pensacola lawn care activities are highly dependent on proper timing to be successful as well, such as aeration, thatch removal, lawn disease treatment and prevention, tree and shrub pruning, and much more.

As they say in many areas of life, timing really is everything. If you’d like more tips on the best time to handle various lawn care activities, click below to download our free guide, “How to Care for Your Gulf Coast Lawn All Year Long.”

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