Fall Yard Maintenance Guide

Lawn Maintenance Gainesville FL

 

In the Gainesville area of Florida, it may not feel like it, but September and October are the time to start preparing your lawn and garden for fall which officially began on Sunday, September 22nd. Here are some tips to take advantage of this month in order to ensure the overall health and beauty of your landscaping as we enter a new season.

What To Plant

Bedding Plants: If summer beds need refreshing, try ageratum, celosia, zinnia, and wax begonia for color long into the fall season.

Bulbs: Add color, texture, and pattern to the garden with the many varieties of Elephant’s Ear (Alocasia) available now. Others to plant now include calla, narcissus, and zephyr lily.

Herbs: Plant herbs that tolerate the warm temperatures of early fall, such as Mexican tarragon, mint, rosemary, and basil.

Vegetables: Plant cool season vegetable crops such as radish, carrot, cabbage, and lettuce.

What To Do

Lawn problems: Continue to monitor the lawn for signs of insect damage. Fall armyworms, chinch bugs, mole crickets, and sod webworms are still active this month.

Divide perennials and bulbs: Divide and replant perennials and bulbs that have grown too large or need rejuvenation. Add organic matter to new planting areas and monitor water needs during establishment.

Fertilize lawns: Bahia, Bermudagrass, Zoysia, and St, Augustine lawns should be fertilized this month. Choose one with no or very little phosphorus unless a soil test indicates a need for it. A fertilizer containing controlled-release nitrogen will give longer lasting results.

Lawn Weeds: Healthy grass is the best defense against weeds. Avoid “weed and feed” products; only apply herbicides to areas with weed infestations.

Flowering perennials: Firebush, firespike, russelia, and other perennials supply nectar for visiting hummingbirds.

At Mr. Tree and Lawn Service in Gainesville, our goal is to help you have the most beautiful landscape possible for the enjoyment of yourself, friends and families.  We are available for an estimate of our services at ph. 352-682-4444 or via the Contact Us feature on our website.

 

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