Brush Up On Your Lawn Knowledge
At Evergreen Lawn Care, we want you to love your grass, whether it's cushioning your kids' playtime in the backyard or lining your storefront and complementing your landscaping. Understanding the type of grass the comprises your residential and commercial landscaping and lawn can lead to improved appearances and fewer brown spots.
St. Augustine Grass
In the southern region of the United States, St. Augustine grass is the most popular choice for residential lawns and commercial landscaping. St. Augustine grass prefers subtropical climates and therefore prospers in warm regions, but is also tolerant to some amounts of shade. Most of the time, St. Augustine grass is established using sodding or plugs. Seeds are almost never an option and are very difficult to find. It has a blue-green color and a fairly thick turf.
St. Augustine grass does require a fair amount of water and grows best in moist and semi fertile soil. This grass is moderately good under foot traffic and is made of mostly above ground runners or stolons. However, it produces more thatch than any other kind of grass and is susceptible to fungal disease.
This grass prefers full sunlight but is considered tolerant of moderate shade. When kept well maintained, it is capable of forming a thick, appealing and weed-free lawn. It can originate from either sprigs or seeds. However, centipede grass grows very slowly, so it can be easily damaged by excessive activity.
Centipede grass is the ideal choice for those living in the southeast because it cannot withstand the continual temperature changes of other regions. Due to the fact it only produces surface runners as opposed to deep roots, it can be effortlessly removed from flower beds or walkways. At the same time, it is also extremely susceptible to nematodes which have the potential to thin the grass and may even cause portions of it to wither and die.
Bermuda grass is found in tropical and subtropical climates as well as the transition zones. It is resistant to drought and is able to grow in various soils. Because of this, it is a very popular choice for lawns, sports arenas, golf courses and coastal areas. Bermuda grass grows easily from a seed and spreads quickly. Unfortunately, this means if left unchecked, it will overrun your flowerbeds and it is also very difficult to remove completely.
Because of its ability to withstand a large amount of activity and its preference to sunlight, Bermuda grass is the preferred choice for sports fields. However, it also becomes brown at the first drop in temperature which is unappealing to the eye. Bermuda grass produces many seed heads which may also be considered unattractive.
Zoysia grass is considered extremely invasive. It has the potential to overrun any other species that may be in your lawn as well as overrunning your flowerbeds and possibly even your neighbor’s lawn. It is also nearly impossible to remove, so if you plant zoysia grass, plan on having it for a long time! Though it is invasive, it is grows very slowly. Therefore, you do not have to mow it as frequently but it also has a harder time recovering from damage. Zoysia grass is inclined to have thatch problems.
Because this grass enjoys the heat, it quickly changes to brown if the temperature drops. Zoysia grass is also susceptible to zoysia patch disease which has the potential to kill grass and turn it to a rust color as it dies.
Bahia grass loves the sun; it prefers warm temperatures and daylong sunlight. Because of its complex root system, it is resistant to drought. Bahia grass does not spread rapidly so it is less likely to invade your flowerbeds or landscaping. However, it does form a thick carpet of grass, which makes it more difficult to mow, but also more tolerant of frequent foot traffic.
Bahia grass requires minimal fertilization with iron. Therefore, it can tolerate inadequate soil fairly well. Bahia grass is ideal for areas that do not receive proper irrigation. Unlike most warm season grasses, it is for the most part immune to most pests and diseases other than the mole cricket.
How To Water Your Grass
Rain is normally sufficient for providing your lawn with the water it needs. However, during droughts or periods of prolonged heat, you may need to water your grass. It is essential to water your lawn at the correct time of day for optimal results. Do not irrigate your grass between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. as it is the hottest time of the day. The sun’s heat can cause rapid evaporation which can damage your lawn as well as removing any benefit of watering. Also, avoid watering at night because the water can pool and become unsanitary.
It is also imperative to determine the correct amount of water. If you apply small amounts of water frequently, your grass will develop short roots and will therefore be weak when hot weather arrives. Instead, try to deeply water your lawn 2–3 times a week with about 1 inch to 1.5 inches of water.
Thatch is known as the section of dense roots and decaying matter located beneath your grass. It is important in protecting the crown of the grass and preventing the soil from becoming compacted. At the same time, if the thatch layer becomes too thick, it prohibits water and fertilizer from reaching the soil. In order to check the amount of thatch you have, you can cut out a section of your grass. If there is more than a quarter-inch or half-inch present, your thatch is too thick.
Proper lawn care helps to prevent thatch buildup. This includes annual aeration and deep watering. If you need to remove thatch, raking is the most effective solution. A traditional rake is only useful in smaller areas. However, if the problem covers a larger area, you will need to use a power rake to solve the issue.
Bulbs & Seasonal Planting
Planting Seasonal Plants in Jonesville & Gainesville, FL
Though seasonal plants do not have flowers throughout the entire year, there are still many benefits of planting them in your garden or using them in the landscaping around your home or business. Bulbs are more adaptable and are therefore more useful within your landscaping. Seasonal plants often have the opportunity to grow at times when trees are not full of leaves, allowing more sun to reach the plants.
Additionally, there is nothing better than walking outside of your home or office one morning and discovering that your bulbs have sprouted flowers. As these flowers die and other flowers come into season, you will have ever-changing colors in your garden. With seasonal bulbs, you may not have flowers that are in bloom all year, but you will have a rotation of species and color.
Gladiola thrive in particularly warm weather and in summer months. They enjoy the sun and dry, well-drained soil. When you decide to plant them, be sure you anchor them by planting them deeper than other bulbs.
Amaryllis in Florida blooms in springtime before large trees acquire their leaves. Their blooms feature colors such as pink, orange, red and white. With amaryllis, you have the option to plant it outdoors or keep it in a potted plant which you can place outside or inside depending on the weather.
Agapanthus flowers bloom throughout the summer with large clusters of purple, white and blue. This plant is made to withstand the Florida sun but prefers a bit of shade. It also thrives with water but is resistant to drought. Agapanthus can grow up to 3 feet tall and functions well in a flower bed. As an added benefit, this plant attracts hummingbirds.
Shrubs to Learn About
This plant features beautiful flowers with colors of apricot, yellow, white, red, purple and salmon. Oleander blooms throughout the summer and fall, preferring dry climates and the sun, which makes them suitable for Florida. They are also capable of adapting to other climates such as marshy and sandy soil. Though they may smell good, all parts of the plant are extremely poisonous. They also may cause skin irritations if your skin comes into contact with them. Therefore, oleander is not ideal if you have pets or small children.
Oakleaf Hydrangeas have white blooms that are present from spring until early summer. They can be either single-blossom or double-blossom. These shrubs can grow anywhere from 6 feet to 10 feet in height unless pruned. Oakleaf Hydrangeas thrive in dry climates and require little attention. Though they prefer the sun, Florida’s sun is so harsh that they will need a little bit of shade. In order to prevent root rot, you will need to ensure your hydrangeas have proper drainage.
Firethorn feature white flowers in the early summer and then striking red/orange berries cover it and remain until the summer. This plant can grow to be any where from 6 feet to 16 feet tall. Firethorn are perfect for sunny, partially shady or shady locations and can have either moist or dry soil. It’s best to choose a location carefully because the prickly leaves are not ideal near walkways or doorways. However, Firethorns are often a birdwatcher’s dream as their vibrant colors attract many species of birds.
Bougainvillea are a popular form of shrub. They are perfect for Florida because they thrive in the sun and heat. At first, bougainvillea will require a plenty of water and are very sensitive, however, once they are established they toughen and can withstand droughts. Bougainvillea often have thorns so make sure you wear gloves when you are pruning them. You can plant them as a hedge which requires less training, but they will feature less blooms. However, you can also train them to climb a fence or wall. Their beautiful flowers range in color from white to purple and also have various sizes.
The Tea Olive is perfect for hedges and acts as a backdrop for more colorful plants. They grow 10 feet to 20 feet high but they are often pruned to remain smaller. Tea Olives bloom throughout the year but most flowers appear in the fall. Though tiny and cream in appearance, they are known for their pleasing and distinctive aroma. This plant can survive in both partial shade and the sun. Because they are durable, their soil does not particularly matter.
Florida Friendly Landscaping
Even if a residential landscape is already lush and green, there’s a chance it could be even more so if it’s a Florida-friendly landscape. Native and Florida-friendly plants are better able to support area wildlife, withstand weather changes throughout the year, and provide years of enjoyment. Evergreen Lawn Care excels in residential landscaping services, including creating or switching to Florida-friendly landscaping for homes and businesses.