Orlando, FL, February 26, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Prep The Lawn
As the warm weather approaches in March, it’s a good idea to start the lawn grooming process. First rake up tree leaves, twigs, and remove patches of dead grass. Then get a soil test to determine if the lawn needs lime. A county agricultural extension office can assist with sampling kits. The test results will report the exact amount of lime to apply. Generally, a 15-20 pound bag of lime per 100 square feet of lawn will do the trick. Try pelletized lime for a less messy application.
Make sure that the lawn mower blade is adjusted to the right height so it doesn’t cut too low, resulting in damage to the grass blades. Higher lawns promote deeper roots and longer grass blades to shade the soil and discourage weeds. A good tip is to remove only the top third of grass blades each cutting. During periods of fast growth, cut the lawn once a week.
Once the brown turf has fully turned green, it’s time to use fertilizers on a regular basis. Hybrid grasses Bermuda and Zoysia like high nitrogen-based lawn fertilizers. Centipede grass calls for little or no fertilizer. If one does decide to fertilize it, ensure the fertilizer contains minimal amounts of nitrogen.
Get to the Root of the Problem
Too much shade, poor drainage, lack of nutrients, and compacted soils can create weak lawns and healthy weeds. Instead of using chemicals to rid the lawn of weeds, correct the real problem.
Take the guess work out of residential and commercial lawn maintenance in Orlando, Volusia, and Seminole County by calling the experts at Pro-Staff Pest Control today at 407- 292-PEST.