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Naples Lawn Care- March Tips

Spring is coming and that means one thing. The dry season is here. This time of year we receive the least amount of rainfall until the summer rains begin. Now is the time to check your irrigation system to be sure your lawn is not over/under watered. Plants that are ready to bloom in spring need adequate irrigation to promote growth.
The first thing to do is turn on your system and make sure all the zones work. Many times home owners’ irrigation turns on at night and they are unaware of any malfunction. Each valve should turn on and off as you go through the zones using your irrigation timer. Next, walk through each zone as it runs and be certain there are no broken sprinklers or sprinklers that are clogged. Flag any malfunctioning sprinklers that can be repaired when the system is shut down. Adjust the minutes in the timer for each zone taking into consideration the sprinkler coverage, soil type, and shade.
Finally, be sure to have a rain sensor installed to conserve water as well as prevent from overwatering. Also always follow water management guidelines for Naples lawn care for scheduling of your irrigation. This extra effort will improve your lawn, save water, and save you money.

Naples Lawn Care – February Tips

By late winter in Naples, your lawn has gone through the stress of short days and cooler temperatures. This semi- dormant period is an excellent time to get ahead of the curve in regards to turf nutrition. It is important to have nutritionals in the soil when the grass is ready to grow in the spring. Properly fertilized grass will also be able to compete better with any weeds in the turf. A fertilizer with a 1-0-1 ratio or 2-0-1 will provide adequate nitrogen as well as potassium to stimulate root growth. Fertilizers are required to have 50% slow release fertilizer in the blend in many areas of Naples. Check with city/state guidelines before starting any fertilizer program.

Weeds are also an issue in early spring Naples lawn care. Many fertilizers have an added granular herbicide incorporated into the blend designed to kill any newly emerging weeds.These fertilizers are called “weed and feed”. Atrazine is the most common herbicide that is used in the fertilizer blend. It is relatively inexpensive and it is an effective one, two, punch to give the lawn a head start. It is important to apply atrazine products early in the spring. When the soil temperature increases in late spring, atrazine can burn the grass. Be sure to read label rates for proper application.

Excess leaf debris is often a lawn care problem in February. Oaks, mahogany, cypress, and many other trees shed their leaves this time of year. Too much leaf litter can choke out your lawn. In addition to much leaf litter composted in the soil can change the chemistry of the soil and affect the ph of the soil, hindering the lawns ability to absorb some nutrients. If possible take time to rake or blow these leaves out of the lawn to maximize the lawns’ health.

Rugose Spiraling Whitefly

Rugose Spiraling Whitefly is the newest pest to invade Naples’ landscapes. Unlike the ficus whitefly, which has a specific host, RSW will attack over 100 different plant species including palms, white bird of paradise, and oak trees. RSW is easy to identify because it creates a large white spiraling pattern on the underside of the leaf as it lays eggs. Although RSW is not believed to be a potential killer of many plant species, the honeydew secreted by the plant from RSW feeding will result in the formation of sooty mold, which can be quite messy.

Control of RSW for the homeowner consists of applying contact sprays such as horticultural oils or soap. Application of systemic insecticides by foliage spray or a ground drench offer longer lasting control and protect the plant from the inside out. Hopefully in the future better control will be accomplished with the help of beneficial biological predators such as parasitic wasps.

Overlooked Weed Control Tool In Turf

In Florida, there are many species of weeds that can compete with your lawn.Some weeds are easy to control, others such as crab grass and carpet-grass are more of a challenge.

One tool often overlooked as a preventative measure is proper turf fertilization. A healthy lawn will inhibit sunlight from reaching germinating weed seeds. Maintaining your grass’ dominance in the lawn with fertilizer will build a strong defense against weeds in the lawn. This is especially true in winter.

If you already have weeds in the lawn, turf friendly herbicide treatments may be needed. The old adage ” an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” certainly applies.

Chinch Bugs Love Hot Dry Weather

Chinch Bugs, Naples FL

Chinch Bugs, Naples FL

Chinch bug season is here in Naples. Look for brown dead patches in your lawn, especially near street curbs and in dry sunny areas of your lawn. Grass blades near the edges of the dead brown areas will have a yellowish color. Grass that is under watered is especially vulnerable to chinch bugs.

As rainy season approaches, be sure your irrigation rain sensors are working properly. This will prevent over watering in the summer which can contribute to a fungus problem in your grass. Eliminating unnecessary irrigation will also save you money on your water bill.

Summer rains often bring fungus to your grass. Be sure your mower blades are kept sharp ensuring a smooth cut aiding fungus prevention. Also do not let your grass get too tall between cuts as this also contributes to fungus development.