Spring is a time of rebirth all over the United States, including sunny south Florida, but getting your lawn ready for warmer weather is a bit different for Miami residents who want to vamp their lawns. You have to consider shade, soil, and sunshine as you plan out your landscaping and haul out the lawn mower. Each yard is unique, and every lawn may need its own unique touches, but by and large, the following tips can help you to get your Miami lawn and greenery in stellar shape for spring.
1. Create a Careful Watering Schedule
Springtime in Miami is a bit like summer in other parts of the country. You don’t get those three-figure temperatures in April or May, but the mercury climbs relatively high. Because of that, it’s imperative to water your lawn, shrubs, and landscaping carefully.
Obviously, you have to hydrate the burgeoning flowers and plants struggling to come back after winter. Not for nothing do the old-timers say that April showers bring May flowers. However, watering your lawn and garden when the sun is at its hottest is just asking for disaster. The water burns off beneath those blinding rays, which can result in brown, scorched grass. Aim to do your watering before 10 o’clock in the morning and after 4 o’clock in the evening.
2. Fill In All the Bald Spots
Every lawn gets patchy. In the north, the melting snow reveals bald patches throughout the yard. Miami only has to deal with snow once in a blue moon, but the city’s fall and winter weather patterns also result in the splotchy grass and bare spaces. Come spring, it’s simplicity itself to ensure a lush, thick lawn.
You have the option of using grass seeds to fill out your lawn, or you can use sod. Seeds take a while to sprout, so it will take a bit longer before you get to enjoy your new lawn. However, in the balmy heat and humidity of Miami, the blades shouldn’t take long to sprout. Sod offers instant gratification, but don’t forget to cut each piece so that it fits your sparse patches.
As for that tip about watering, it doesn’t really apply to new grass. Whether you plant seeds or put down sod, you need to water your grass thoroughly. The seeds have the remain moist during their early days until they successfully germinate. In general, watering once a day is sufficient, but if the late spring temperatures soar toward the top of the thermometer, then a twice-daily watering schedule is better.
3. Just Weed It
Everything blooms in spring—including weeds. To ensure that your leaves the best first impression, weed it early and don’t let the dandelions and crabgrass overwhelm you. Leave the job too long, and troublesome plants will choke your entire yard. Healthy lawns are typically resistant to weeds, but you have to reach that point first by yanking them out early and often.
4. Don’t Mow Too Soon
You want your lawn to be perfect. Miami, after all, is the closest you can get to heaven in the United States. To keep up with your neighbors, it’s tempting to mow the yard the minute spring unpacks its bags to stay a while. Resist the temptation. Mowing too soon can damage new, fragile blades of grass, and no one wants brutally short sod, anyway. Give it time to grow. It’s all right to wait until it’s a bit shaggy before giving it the first trim of the season.
As long as you pay attention to the temperature and pick out a grass type in Miami for your home that tolerates the infamous weather patterns, your spring lawn care is both easy and enjoyable. What do you enjoy planting in spring?
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