Florida homeowners are lucky—they get to enjoy their lush greenery almost year-round, including vibrant green lawns. But let's face it, keeping grass healthy and picture-perfect is no easy feat. It takes juggling a lot of moving parts like getting the right nutrients to the soil, keeping pesky pests at bay, and staying ahead of diseases that can threaten to ravage your lawn. Here are some of the most common mistakes we see when homeowners resort to DIY lawn care, and what you can do to avoid them.
Failing to Perform a Soil Test
If you want your grass to truly thrive, it's important to make sure your soil has the right pH level. But how can you tell if your soil is performing optimally? All it takes is a soil test—but doing it the right way is often trickier than you might think.
Evergreen Lawn and Pest Control can take the guesswork out of it and provide you with reliable information about your soil's nutrient levels, so you can tell what your lawn might be missing. Don't forget to do another soil test in the spring, as soil conditions will change over time.
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Following Poor Watering Practices
Most Florida homeowners give in to the temptation to overwater—and it can lead to more harm than good. Did you know that excessive watering can cause diseases and attract pests to your lawn? Typically, 2/3 to 3/4 of an inch of water per application can be enough to replenish your grass. Of course, it helps to consult your lawn care experts at Evergreen Lawn and Pest Control to determine the exact amount that’s appropriate to your soil and grass type.
Be sure not to saturate the soil too quickly, causing runoff to occur. And if you really want to maximize the benefits of your watering, try to water in the morning before the heat of the day sets in so that you'll minimize evaporation and keep your lawn in tip-top shape.
Using Fertilizer Incorrectly
If you want to keep your lawn looking lush and green, it's important to be mindful of the amount of fertilizer you use. The high levels of nitrogen found in lawn fertilizers can burn your grass, leaving brown and patchy spots behind while inviting pests, disease, and other problems.
Instead of DIY-ing fertilization, rely on the lawn care experts at Evergreen Lawn and Pest Control. We provide both liquid and granular fertilization to prime your grass for long-term healthy growth.
Failing to Aerate
Have you ever looked at your lawn and wondered why it just doesn't seem to be thriving? Well, the answer might be that you're missing a key step: aeration. It's a process that involves poking holes in your lawn so that it can more easily absorb water and nutrients.
Unfortunately, most homeowners don't have the tools or know-how to aerate their lawns effectively, but that's where Evergreen Lawn and Pest Control can help! Our team of experts knows just what your lawn needs to thrive, and we'll do the heavy lifting for you, priming your grass for healthy growth.
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Leave Lawn Care to the Experts—and Enjoy the Results!
Ready to get your lawn in tip-top shape? Don’t DIY lawn care and end up with a brown, patchy yard. Instead, rely on the lawn care experts at Evergreen Lawn and Pest Control—Leesburg. We know what it takes to transform even the patchiest lawn into the trophy lawn you’ve always dreamed of. Call us today at (407) 880-6655 for your free consultation!