Living in Orlando, we’re saddled with the job of year round lawn mowing. But, hey, this can be a good thing! Our warm climate makes it easy to spend time outdoors, playing lawn games and barbecuing well into winter. Obviously, you want an amazing lawn, but where do you start with lawn care in Orlando? Here, we lay out an easy-to-read article of all the basic features of Orlando lawn care. We focus on mowing practices, fertilization, and other important specialty services. If you’d rather not tussle with your lawn mower, give LawnStarter a call and we’ll hook you up with some Orlando lawn care. But if you’re a DIYer, we hope this will be a wonderful resource for you!
Proper Lawn Mowing in Orlando
First, make sure you’re mowing your lawn to the correct height. It depends on what type of grass you have, of course. The most common grass type in Orlando is St. Augustine, and for this grass type, you’ll want to cut it to about 2-4 inches. St. Augustine cultivars vary quite a bit, so you’ll want to consult a lawn care professional to see which cultivar you have and how long you should let it grow. Bermuda grass can be cut much shorter, around 1 inch high. Though beautiful, Bermuda grass can be a pain in managing, as it requires much more maintenance than St. Augustine or Bahiagrass.
Next, you’ll want to set up the right schedule for mowing. Depending on the grass type, fertilization, and weather patterns, this could vary from every couple days to every couple weeks. A good rule of thumb, according to the University of Florida, is to leave “twice as much leaf surface as you remove at any single mowing. In other words, if you want to maintain your lawn at 2 inches, cut your grass when it is 3 inches high.” For the most part, during heavy growing season, we recommend weekly, and we recommend turning down to bi-weekly when the grass growth slows a bit.
Orlando Lawn Mowing Tips
-Keep your blades sharp. Dull blades will make your lawn look choppy and can increase your risks of lawn disease.
-Mulch your clippings. Contrary to popular belief, grass clippings don’t contribute to thatch buildup. They can actually help recycle nutrients into the soil.
-Don’t let your mowing schedule slip. Keep on top of it, and you’ll avoid extra work and lawn disease.
Fertilization in Orlando
Fertilization is an important lawn care service in Orlando, because it can feed your lawn the nutrients that it may be lacking. Though it will depend a little bit on the type of grass you have, for the most part, you should fertilize 2-4 times per year. Let’s assume you have St. Augustine or Bahiagrass, then you should fertilize AT LEAST twice per year (fall and spring). Ideally, spring fertilization in Orlando will strengthen the roots of your lawn before warmer weather, and fall fertilization is important because fall lawn conditions are most conducive to fertilizer uptake. In addition fertilizing your lawn in late spring/early summer is great because your turf is bustling and hungry for nutrients. Finally, fertilizing your lawn in the later summer will help fight damage from heat, drought, foot traffic, and insects. It’s important to get on the fertilization schedule that is specific to your lawn, so don’t hesitate to reach out to your local lawn care professionals in Orlando.
Orlando Fertilization Tips
-Test your soil’s PH level and pick a fertilizer with the right nutrients to balance out your lawn’s deficiencies.
-Choose a slow-release, granular fertilizer so you don’t have to fertilize as often.
-The more you water your lawn, the more fertilization sessions you’ll need.
-Clean up well afterwards. Don’t let fertilized water run into other sources. Take care of the environment!
Miscellaneous Lawn Services in Orlando
Watering: Watering should supplement natural irrigation, and you should never drench a lawn. However, in periods of drought in the summer, you might want to give your lawn a drink now and then. Also, the winter tends to be a time when lawns may need a bit more manual irrigation as well.
Aeration: Core aeration is the process of pulling up little dirt plugs out of your lawn to relieve pressure in your lawn. This allows your lawn to breathe and accept nutrients easier. Core aeration should be done AT LEAST once per year. We recommend twice, once in the spring and once in the fall. If you only do it once, do it in the fall. According to our Burke lawn care partners, you shouldn’t use those spike shoe things, because they actually increase compaction in your lawn. Oh, and always overseed when you aerate (the two go together like salt and pepper).
Overseeding: Overseeding is especially important for winter lawn care in Orlando. Because we have warm weather grasses types, if it dips in temperature a little bit during the winter, you’re going to risk that beautiful green lawn. If you want your lawn to be green all year, overseeding with a cool weather grass (Ryegrass is the most popular here) will do the trick. You’ll want to mow before doing so, and make sure you water more frequently afterwards to the seeds germinate. According to our Woodbridge lawn care partners, you should do this once a year until your lawn is thick and green, and then every few years after that. However, your specific lawn is unique, so always reach out to a local lawn care professional to get an expert opinion.
These are the very basics of what it takes to have a great lawn in Orlando. Of course, there are many other specialty lawn care services you can do, such as hedge trimming, mulching, cleanups, sodding, etc. The above tips will put you ahead of 80% of people.