Much of Florida has experienced freezing temperatures a few times in the last month, and these low temps can affect your St. Augustine lawn. You may have noticed your lawn browning at least a little and reverting into a dormant state. This is all normal for this time of year and to be expected when experiencing the low temperatures we have had recently.
If you feel as though the frost has killed your sod at least in patches, you can either wait until Spring to see what parts of your lawn greens up, or check the stolons periodically throughout the Winter. The stolons are the long, vein-like parts of your grass that some people refer to as "runners". These runners should be at least a little green on the inside when you break them open. If you find the insides are rotten looking and brown, that area of your yard may have died. You then have a couple of options. The first option is that you can leave it the way it is and wait for the live patches to grow in. When going that route, be sure to leave the dead sod there to deter weeds from growing in. This may take a while, depending on the size of the dead patches, and if you would rather not wait, you can go with your second option: Re-sodding those areas. The new sod will blend quickly and have your entire lawn looking perfect by the time Spring rolls around.
You can also mow your lawn a little closer than you normally do during the winter to encourage new growth. This will have the browned blades disappearing a little quicker with each trim.
As we head into February, the worst of the Winter weather here in Florida is most likely over. Keep checking back with us to read up on how to prepare your lawn for Spring!
Are you interested in what's happening at the ranch? Feel free to visit our cattle ranch blog, www.willawaycattleandsod.com. Click the link below to the latest post about some recent cow work with great new photos!
Whew! We don't know about y'all, but we sure are tired of all this rain! As farmers, we are at the mercy of Mother Nature, and she isn't making it very easy to harvest sod right now. We are still rained out in our Argentine Bahia fields, but are hoping to be able to get in there to cut late next week.
The wet weather is causing a delay on harvesting in our Palmetto and Captiva St. Augustine fields as well, and we are hoping to be able to harvest those varieties in the middle part of October.
We are still able to get our Floratam St. Augustine harvested, as well as the Empire Zoysia, as long as those fields don't have standing water. Just give us a call to see what the field is looking like and to place your order!
For all previous customers, especially those with shade tolerant St. Augustine varieties, don't forget to apply fungicide to your lawns once this wet weather clears out.
Also, we are still running our free delivery special on two or more pallets to certain counties… We aren't sure how much longer that will be going on, so get the deal while you can!
Hope you are all having a wonderful beginning to Fall!
Here is a fresh new blog post from our cattle ranch, Willaway Cattle Co., Inc. We are trying to get into the habit of carrying our fancy cameras around with us, so there will be a lot more fun wildlife and cattle pictures on the site!
Just click the link below to check out some pictures of deer and cattle:
As we see light at the end of the tunnel from the dog days of Summer, we are eagerly anticipating Fall on the farm… It is such a beautiful time of year with cool breezes and lots of wildlife activity. Our cow work schedule is set for the coming months, and it's always much more pleasant to saddle up when it's a bit brisk out. We are really excited! In honor of that time of year when it's easier to spend the day outside without melting into a puddle, here is a blog post about our gorgeous sunsets on the property. We are really proud of them, and feel very blessed and thankful to be able to see them every morning here. After all these years, they have yet to lose their charm… They are just that beautiful! Click the link below to see for yourself.
Now, not only is the Fall a good time for being outside on the ranch, but it is also a wonderful time to lay new sod in your lawn. Not only is it easier for you when the heat breaks a bit, but it's also great timing for your new sod. Here in Florida, we have the luxury of never having a "bad" time to install new landscaping, but some are better than others for various reasons. For example, if you lay your new sod in the Fall, it will easily acclimate and put down roots throughout the cooler months with no stress on it, and then as soon as it begins to warm in the Spring, you will already have a head start on your neighbors with a gorgeous, super green lawn. Treat with some weed and feed fertilizer, sit back, relax, and enjoy it!
We hope you are all having a great end to your Summer and we would love to have an opportunity to send you some of our cut fresh, straight from the family farm sod!
Here is a photo taken in our Floratam St. Augustine fields recently. The rainy July here translated to some super green sod!
Our free delivery on two or more pallets to certain counties special is ending April 30th… Give us a call and take delivery by May 1st so you don't miss out! Our pricing will also be slightly higher due to rising costs in fertilizer, but as always, you are still getting a great deal at Southern Sod Services, LLC! Our turf is top quality, cut fresh daily, and there is no middleman. You are buying directly from the grower! Now is the perfect time of year to install new sod, and we make it easy for you by unloading as close to your work area as possible. interested in learning more? Give us a call or visit our Varieties page on the site!
Spring has sprung and we are so excited about it! Your lawn is gearing up for a long hot summer and I'm sure you're noticing the "green-up" taking place. Zoysia grasses will go dormant in the Winter time, and although we don't experience the cold weather down here in Florida as much as most of the country, you may still have noticed some browning of your lawn during the frosts we have had. Not to worry! This is all normal for Zoysia turf and a gorgeous lawn is around the corner! We have some helpful tips on how to go about maintaining your Zoysia turf in the early Spring, which will result in a healthy, quality, gorgeous lawn for years to come. Here are the guidelines we suggest following:
GIVE YOUR ZOYSIA LAWN A BUZZ CUT:
Once you're sure there will be no more frosts in your location, go ahead and mow your Zoysia lawn very short. The suggested mowing height is between 1"-2" for Empire and Jamur Zoysia, but a real scalping in early Spring can be beneficial to paving the way for a lush and healthy lawn. Just be sure to bag any clippings and remove them. Usually just adjusting your lawn mower down one setting will be enough to mow your turf tight enough to reap the rewards of this practice.
Zoysia turf is usually pretty resistant to fungus, but it is a possibility, especially when overwatered or in areas that aren't getting the suggested daily amount of sun. (Zoysia grasses like to have full sunlight all day) Applying fungicide topically to your lawn should alleviate the problem. Just be sure to read the instructions and maintain proper safety practices. Be careful not to overwater, as this may increase the probability of fungus.
You will want to apply a broad spectrum insecticide if you believe your Zoysia turf has been infected with bugs. A few examples of insects that could be feasting on your lawn are Bill Bugs, Army Worms, White Grubs, Web Worms, and even Chinch Bugs can affect Zoysia turf. Make sure you follow the directions on the label carefully, and be sure to water in any granular insecticide after application.
Spring is a great time of year to fertilize, and the recommended blend for Zoysia turf is 1-0-1. This means 1 part Nitrogen, 0 parts Phosphorus, 1 part Potassium. A typical formulation of that you may find is 15-0-15. Don't wait until the hot summer months to fertilize, as this will "burn up" your lawn and cause a lot of damage. Now is definitely the time to complete that task and you will reap the benefits all Summer long with a healthy, lush, and green oasis!
Spring time is also a good time to apply a pre-emergent Herbicide. This will ensure that the seeds of weeds just below the surface don't have a chance to germinate and wreak havoc in your lawn. If you have missed the window of opportunity and find that weeds are already popping up, you can apply a topical Herbicide to ensure the problem doesn't spread. Be sure to carefully follow the label's directions and always use proper safety precautions when handling chemicals.
If you aren't sure you're up to the task or simply don't have time in your ever increasingly busy schedule, a great option is to hire a professional lawn care company to complete the Spring maintenance for you. We recommend that any Zoysia lawn owner has a regularly scheduled spray program in place. This way, the professional can see a problem before it get's out of hand and nip it in the bud. This practice can result in an extremely healthy lawn that won't need replacing for many years. The cost is not terribly expensive compared to the alternative of replacing your lawn annually.
We hope these Spring time tips have helped! As always, please let us know if there is anything we can help you with your Southern Sod Services, LLC lawn!
Spring has sprung and it's time for some maintenance for your St. Augustine lawn to ensure you have it in it's peak of health! Here are our suggestions for what you can do to maintain the health and quality of your Southern Sod lawn so that you can reap the benefits all summer long.
Two diseases that you'll want to keep an eye out for are Grey Leaf Spot and Brown Spot Fungus. Both can make your lawn look pretty unattractive, so you'll want to follow the precautions to avoid them. One is to not overwater. Your St. Augustine lawn really only needs about an inch of precipitation per week, whether that comes from rainwater or irrigation systems. A good rule of thumb is to wait to water your lawn until it starts to wilt a bit. This will also "train" your lawn to be more drought tolerant. If you notice these diseases showing up in your lawn, simply apply a fungicide, being sure to follow the directions on package. Also remember that shaded areas of your lawn will require even less water and may break out in fungus all the more easily, so keep that in mind.
Brown Patch Fungus in a St. Augustine lawn. Photo credit: www.walterreeves.com
Grey Leaf Spot in a St. Augustine lawn. Photo credit: www.sodsolutions.com
The beginning of Spring is an excellent time to fertilize your St. Augustine lawn. A ratio of 2-0-1 is generally recommended, and this means 2 parts Nitrogen, 0 parts Phosphorus, and 1 part Potassium. This can be found in blends such as 25-0-12 or 12-0-6. Again, read the labels and instructions carefully. Also, this is a broad general recommendation and you may wish to check with your local extension office to ensure you are using precisely what your soil requires. Be sure to water the fertilizer in well and enjoy watching your lawn transform into a lush and green oasis!
Early Spring is also a good time to apply a pre-emergent herbicide. This ensures that any seeds for weeds below the surface are not given the chance to germinate and cause ugly patches in your lawn. If you have missed the window, and the weeds are already popping up, you can also apply a topical spray to each outbreak, being very careful to take safety precautions and follow the instructions.
Chinch bigs affect all St. Augustine varieties except for Captiva. This is generally not the time of year for a chinch bug infestation, as about three-quarters of all infestations occur in the Summer or early Fall. You will want to keep an eye out for them, however, as it is possible. If you are sure you have an infestation, a product containing Carbaryl will usually knock them out. It might be a good idea to contact a professional spray company, as they will completely demolish your lawn if the situation gets out of control.
If you are nervous to try your hand at lawn maintenance yourself, a great and easy option is to call a local lawn care company. There are a lot of different companies that will come when you need them, or you can set them up for a monthly service, which is even better. These professionals can spot problems in your lawn before they become issues and treat them right away.
We hope these Spring maintenance tips are helpful in keeping your Southern Sod lawn healthy and beautiful for many years to come!
As a sod farmer, you have to have a tiny bit of scientist in you. That excitement over producing a quality product and learning about new up-and-comers in the turf grass industry is what makes our family business fun and exciting. We don't wind up selling every single variety of sod that we experiment with growing. If we don't think it will work well for our customers, we move along to something that will. The owner, our Dad, has allowed us to experiment with his lawn, which is located on the farm and has a lot of Live Oak trees, resulting in quite a bit of shade. His yard can sometimes look like a patchwork quilt with the different varieties being tested out there (which our Mom just LOVES) but it has definitely allowed us to be able to find which variety works best in a partial shade environment.
That being said, we have definitely found a shade tolerant St. Augustine that we highly recommend. Palmetto St. Augustine is quickly becoming a favorite in the industry for not only it's shade tolerance, but for it's appearance as well. With deep emerald green color and shorter, soft to the touch blades than it's Floratam counterpart, Palmetto easily wins out on the manicured dream lawn appearance. Landscapers are now installing Palmetto in areas with no shade at all just based on the fact that it's curb appeal can't be beat. Our Mom is now campaigning to end our experiments with her yard and is adamant that Palmetto be installed throughout, saying that it is her favorite type that we grow.
Palmetto was also discovered as a native grass in South Florida, so it will be sure to thrive in your Florida lawn. Most shade tolerant St. Augustine's tend to fungus easily, resulting in a sickly, unhealthy lawn, but we have found that Palmetto is the least likely offender in this category. We still recommend a spray company to keep up with things like chinch bugs in any St. Augustine lawn, but the possibility of constantly fighting with fungus is less likely in Palmetto turf.
Please give us a call to get an over the phone quote on installing Palmetto St. Augustine turf in your next project or family's lawn… We promise you won't be disappointed!
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