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Fall in Florida is a little different than it has been any where else I've lived... it's basically an extended summer, with some cooler days. Most days it's a tad bit warm, perfect for sun-bathing and absolutely amazing for outdoor activities.
We've enjoyed every other fall in Florida, but now that we live in a home with a huge, gorgeously landscaped yard we're learning about how to maintain our lawn and landscaping and this fall has been the best one yet. It's been amazing watching our yard transform.
With trees blossoming full fruits over our fence line and yellow flowers sprouting out of a tree that was formerly all green. We've learned a lot about botany within a short amount of time, so when TruGreen asked me to share some Florida Fall Lawn Care Tips with you, I figured I might as well help spread some knowledge and hopefully learn something myself!
As I mentioned before, Florida fall is fairly mild but the few days when the temperature does decrease happens to mean that our lawns actually call for more care than they do in the summer. The transition from summer to winter growth is usually marked by a distinctive decrease in leaf growth, which means you'll be mowing less. I've actually noticed this small adjustment over the last month, as hubby has only had to mow once in the past few weeks vs. every week (like he did in the summer).
While the mowing slows down, the lawn maintenance and the landscaping are still a priority in our home! TruGreen says that we should be sure to make sure our lawn is getting enough water, so that's something we are trying to work on. You would think with the annual rainfall at about 50 inches that our lawn would be wet enough, but with torrential down pours one week and a drought the next - it's obvious that our rainfall is consistent. Therefore, us Florida folk have to make sure our turf isn't thirsty during the fall and winter months! An irrigation system is the best way to deal with watering your lawn and while our yard actually has a pretty spiffy sprinkler system, our county won't allow it to be put in use any more... so I must mention, you have to be mindful of city and county ordinances. My advice is to also try to use captured rain water, if possible!
TruGreen also suggests not letting weeds take over your lawn... which is something we definitely need to work on. Dollar weed and oxtails are the most commonly found in our Florida turf grass, especially if it is over-watered! Using regular maintenance for weed control and putting an irrigation system to work or watering your lawn on a tight schedule are the best ways to avoid weeds in your yard!
Since your mower won't be getting as much use, you might as well take it in to get it's blades sharpened so it's good to go when weekly mowing is necessary again. Until then, plan on only having to mow once every two to three weeks!
The last little tidbit of advice I received from TruGreen was to help the lawn recuperate over the next few months. This time of the year is actually the best time to perform core aeration and overseeding. Plus, well fertilized grass is more likely to last through the winter and look healthy next year!
After educating ourselves about lawn care this year, I've decided I want to plant a tree as well. Luckily, TruGreen even had answers when I asked if I should plant a tree this fall - click here to find out!
We've decided that while our yard is kind of pretty now, we know with the help of TruGreen our HUGE yard can be even prettier. So tell me, are you a fellow Floridian? Do you love your lawn as much as we love ours? I'd love to hear how you keep your house looking spiffy during the winter months in the comments below! Plus, don't miss your chance to win the giveaway below: