Many landscapers in Florida treat sod installation as a mindless process. They buy some grass, clear a lawn or median space, and stick the grass on top of loose dirt. Though many people believe that is all that is needed in order for sod to thrive, sod actually requires more attention during the installation process. Make sure your sod flourishes. Follow the tips outlined below, and contact us for more information.

 

Among all the concerns homeowners face, weed issues are by far the most prevalent.  Some people wait until weeds virtually take over their sod, which leaves them no choice but to tear up the existing grass and start anew.  Read below as we discuss the common weed issues one faces with sod, and learn what you can do to keep your sod free of these pesky intruders.

  • Weeds can actually be a bit picky when it comes to which type of grass they will overtake. However, the most common weeds (Dollar weed, crab grass and torpedo grass) have one thing in common: they need less care than your turf to grow. Therefore, do not assume that just because you water your lawn, you are keeping weeds at bay. 
  • Avoid weeds by keeping your grass healthy. Water and fertilize it correctly. Use a licensed pesticide service, and ask the technician if he or she notices any infestations. If you spread pesticide yourself, follow the directions on the bag exactly. Misuse of pesticides is bad for the environment and adds toxic chemicals to water runoff.
  • Recognize problems when they begin, and act quickly. When grass becomes ill and weak, parasitic weeds thrive.

It is possible to keep your sod green and lush year-round. To ensure you are fertilizing your landscape correctly, follow the advice listed below. Doing so will mean healthy, long-lasting sod that highlights your home or commercial property.

  • More is not always better. Spreading fertilizer liberally over an area might be a great idea, but before you go overboard, make sure you know what you are doing. Over-fertilizing yields problems just as under-fertilizing does. Maintain the delicate balance by only fertilizing when it is necessary, which is usually in the spring and the fall.
  • Remember that sod requires fertilizer for different reasons, depending on the time of year.  In the spring, fertilizer should break down slowly to steadily encourage growth.  In the fall, the fertilizer is meant for growing roots and should be spread accordingly.
  • Buy locally. Many local fertilizer companies specialize in blends that directly target local sod and its requirements. This fertilizer is tailor-made for specific needs. Purchase a bag of fertilizer at your big box hardware store, and there is no telling whether it will be right for your lawn and its challenges.

Mowing seems like it should be a straightforward process; after all, if a lawn grows too quickly, the practical next step is to cut it down. However, following the correct mowing method can do wonders for the growth and health of your grass. Here is how to go about it the right way.

  • Follow the clock. Start that mower out on the highest possible setting, and proceed clockwise.
  • Cutting grass too short is not wise. By doing so, you may end up with some dead spots as your blade hits the ground. Resist the urge to save yourself a few more days of growth.
  • Use an edger in narrow areas. This will give you a professional look.
  • Keep the mower blades sharp. When dulled, they tear at grass unevenly.
  • Try not to mow the lawn when your grass is wet. This will cause the grass to stick together, and that can make it difficult to achieve a consistent cut.
  • Do not forget the other facets of lawn care such as fertilization and weed prevention. When in doubt, hire a professional to take care of these issues. A perfectly mowed lawn means nothing if your grass is dying or diseased.

Those who hope for stellar performance form their sod selection must consider the irrigation system an important part of the maintenance process. Truly, one may lay the sturdiest Bahia available, fertilize it properly, and mow it regularly, and problems may still arise if the irrigation needs are not met. To ensure that your grass continues to thrive, follow the irrigation system tips outlined below.

  • Have a professional plan your irrigation layout. Your yard or commercial property likely features more than just grass. It is important that the shrubbery and flowers receive the correct amount of moisture as well – and that means correctly placed sprinkler heads.  Install too many or too few, and you will see problems arise.
  • Overwatering, though seemingly proactive, can be one of the worst things you can do for a lawn.
  • Under-watering is an understandable concern during the scorching Florida summer.
    Avoid crispy, dead grass. Pay attention to the daily needs of your sod, as well as the water restrictions that are currently in place. It is possible to maintain healthy sod during times of restriction, but you may need to be very exact with your watering strategy.

Call us at 727-845-6246 if you have questions about your irrigation needs.