Fertilizing your lawn can be tricky in Florida’s subtropical climate. The weather is constantly changing, and you must pay close attention to have a healthy lawn. Homeowners should follow these easy tips to avoid problems.
The most important tip is to fertilize during the right seasons. You should also provide balanced feedings with a 16-4-8 fertilizer to have a healthy lawn. And, iron sulfate gives the grass a lush green color, if desired.
The grass in your lawn will determine the care your lawn needs. Below are instructions for common Florida lawn types:
Centipede Grass — This is a cover grass that is fast-growing. The best months to feed it is in March and July. It should remain at a height no taller than 2 inches.
Zoysia Grass — Meyer and Emerald are two types of zoysia grass in Florida. The best times to feed this grass are in March, April, June, September, and November. Be sure to follow this schedule.
Bermuda Grass — There are several kinds of Bermuda grass. Ormond, Tiflawn, and Tifway are found in Florida. The grass requires fertilization throughout the year, with focus months of January, March, April, June, July, September, October, and December. For clarity, the cycle is a one-month rest period per two-month fertilizer applications.
St. Augustine Grass — This is a popular grass in Florida, and paying attention to color rather than growth helps to prevent frequent mowing. Feed this type grass in March, May, July, and September. Use the fertilizer at a rate of 6 pounds per 1,000 square feet of lawn.
Bahia Grass — There are three types of bahia grass in Florida: Pensacola, Argentine, and Paraguay 22. These grasses are easy to maintain and should stay on the same schedule as St. Augustine grass. The height should remain under 4 inches.
Following these instructions should keep your lawn beautiful the entire year. Is your irrigation system ready for spring? Challenger Irrigation is at your service. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with an irrigation specialist.