June 12th, 2022
8 Lawn Care Tips During Summer
Taking care of your lawn in the summer can be a lot of work. The lawn needs more water because of the hot weather, and pests may come in from all angles. Luckily, you can make your yard beautiful again with a little TLC and some well-placed lawn chemicals! Here are great tips on how to keep your lawn looking its best this summer.
- Inspect the Lawn
Before you do anything else, try to identify the problem areas in your lawn. This can be very easy if you have only one or two spots that need immediate attention. If you notice that a section of your lawn is dying, or is noticeably damaged, you can remedy this immediately. Simply use a garden rake or garden spade to remove the dead grass from the area and apply water. If you notice that a patch of your lawn looks brown or dead, prune it out to prevent further damage.
- Make Sure to Water Regularly
Watering your lawn regularly is crucial during the summer months. During this time, your yard will receive far more sun than during the winter, and it will dry out much more quickly. Water your yard immediately after raking or mowing it to help prevent any further damage. If you have a sprinkler system, make sure it is serviced when needed so It is ready to go.
Fertilize your lawn when it is actively growing. Knowing your grass type is essential so you can know the growth cycle. Once you know the grass type then you need to know what fertilizer is best for your type of grass and then follow the application instructions. Products made specifically for Bermuda grass will be best when used on Bermuda grass. Consider speaking to a professional, like the ones at Green Solutions, we can test your lawn and find out what it needs tol have it looking its best.
- Take Care of Pests
Pests are a problem during the summer because they are everywhere. Naturally, they will be looking for food to eat. They can take advantage of your open lawn and come in to eat the grass or feed on any other plants that may be living on your lawn. There are a lot of different types of bugs out there, but the best way to keep them under control is to get rid of their food supply: dead insects. You can do this with a pesticide.
- Prevent Diseases
If your lawn is suffering from one or more problems, you need to fix it quickly. This will prevent diseases from spreading, and it will increase the lifespan of your lawn! Diseases generally form when soil temperature levels are not correct for your lawn. Shake out the soil immediately and start your spring tilling. Follow these simple rules to keep your lawn in perfect condition.
- Mow Your Lawn Properly
Mowing is an essential part of keeping your lawn healthy, but there are little tricks you can use to get the best results possible. The right kind of mower will ensure that the height of the grass comes out correctly, and you won't find any unwanted clumps at the top of your lawn. Use a mower that is appropriate for your lawn type. For example, if you have a larger area of turf, go with a larger model.
- Keep the Grass Cut at the Recommended Height
This is especially easy if you use a sharp blade on your mower. If this is not happening, then there may be something wrong with the way your lawn mower cuts the grass. Grass clippings should always be collected for proper disposal so that plants do not get choked or sick from too many dead materials on top of them.
Green Solutions offers customized chemical lawncare programs to keep you grass green, healthy and pest free. We bring 80 years of combined expertise to every job! Give us a call today and let us create a solution for you that will make your grass look amazing.
May 25th, 2022
Summertime Yard Care Tips
If you just moved to Florida, you might be wondering what to do about maintaining your yard during the summer. The climate in Florida during the summer is very humid, but you can keep your yard healthy as long as you follow these summertime yard care tips.
Use a slow-releasing fertilizer early in the season.
You should fertilize your lawn early in the season with a 50 percent slow-releasing fertilizer. This gradually gives grass the nutrients before the fertilizer blackout kicks in. It is also best to find a fertilizer that does not contain nitrogen or phosphorus and use palm fertilizer instead when you have palm trees near your lawn.
Don't trim your plants just to look good. Pruning plants is similar to giving them a haircut. However, pruned plants may become stressed, leading to food loss or overgrowth. Choose plants with growth potential if you don't want to cut shrubs down to a height of two feet.
Insects and diseases are more likely to attack stressed plants, so only prune your trees to clear pathways. You should prune palm trees only when the fronds are entirely brown. Removing green fronds causes them to die faster.
Make sure you're watering enough.
This summertime yard care tip can make a big difference during a hot summer. Water your lawn between ½ inch to ¾ inches when you water. You can use a tuna or cat food can to do an irrigation check if you have sprinklers.
You want to apply 1/2" to 3/4" of water when you apply.Determine how long to run your irrigation zone by following these basic steps:
1)Place a rain gauge or a flat container (like a tuna can) in the zone you wish to test.
2)Run the irrigation zone for ½ hour.
3)Measure the amount of water that accumulated in the rain gauge or tuna can.
4)Adjust zone run time up or down in order to apply between ½ inch to ¾ inch of water.
Applying ½ inch to ¾ inch of water will wet the soil profile to a depth of approximately 8 inches. That will wet the bulk of the root zone.
You can calculate the amount of water used for hand-watering by measuring how long it takes to fill a bucket. A bucket that fills in two minutes uses 2.5 gallons per minute.
Search for plants that grow well in Florida.
Tropical plants are designed for Florida's hot climate and don't need much water. These plants are pest-resistant, low-maintenance, and can withstand direct sunlight. Plant nurseries and garden centers sell Florida-friendly plants. Check out this list of Florida-friendly plants.
Some plants you could plant include:
- Azaleas - These need partial shade and grow up to 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide.
- Black-eyed Susan's - These need full sun and grow up to 1-3 feet tall and 1-2 feet wide.
- American beautyberries - These need full sun or partial shade and can grow up to 3 to 8 feet tall and 4 to 8 feet wide.
Hold off on mowing.
Keep your lawn looking great with this summertime yard care tip. You’ll have a deeper, healthier root system if your grass blades are tall. If your homeowner's association doesn't like it, let it grow to its highest point before you mow. Short blades mean there’s green tissue available for food production, which means you have a weak root system.
As long as the roots are healthy, your grass should stay green throughout the summer.
Those are the summertime yard care tips you need to know for Florida. If you follow these tips, your yard will look good the whole summer and many summers to come.
February 20th, 2022
Floridians are no strangers to a wide variety of pests that love our subtropical climate, plentiful rainfall, and endless food supply. While you may believe that every creature has a place, even pests, you probably also think that place should be outside. So, if you notice pests in your home during the winter months, it’s crucial to contact a professional and reputable pest control company immediately to get ahead of the problem before it becomes a crisis.
People mostly think of checking for ticks during the warmer months, but here in sunny Florida, ticks can bite and spread disease all year long. Always diligently check yourself, children, and pets after visiting areas where ticks are likely to be, such as wooded areas. Read more
February 10th, 2022
When Cold Weather Damages Your St. Augustine Lawn: What To Do
St. Augustine is one of Florida’s most well-known, hardy grass varieties. Named for Florida’s oldest city, St. Augustine thrives here in our hot and humid climate.
Since St. Augustine is a warm-weather grass variety, it does not enjoy prolonged cold temperatures. When the temperature drops down close to freezing, St. Augustine grass responds by going dormant.
What is Dormant Grass?
Dormant grass is simply grass that is stressed due to some external cause, in this case, cold weather. When grass is stressed, it goes into resource conservation mode by focusing all of its energy on the roots. This causes the blades to turn brown and dry out, giving the appearance that the grass is dead. But, no worries! Dormant grass will bounce back pretty quickly once the weather warms back up. If the cold weather hangs around long enough though, the grass could be permanently damaged or killed. Most grasses, including St. Augustine, can withstand going dormant for about a month before permanent damage sets in. Read more
January 20th, 2022
Common Lawn Diseases
To maintain the maximum aesthetic and health of your lawn, it’s important to know what lawn diseases most commonly affect us here in sunny Tampa Bay. Early identification of problems can be the difference between a minor fix and needing a new lawn entirely. Below, we briefly discuss three of the most common lawn diseases that affect Florida lawns:
Brown Patch Fungus
Moderate heat paired with high moisture levels can lead to this common Florida lawn disease. Look out for yellowing grass that spreads in a circular pattern, often with a darker colored ring surrounding the circles. Brown patch fungus is easy to remedy if caught early by applying fungicide, limiting nitrogen, and reducing moisture in the area. Read more
January 10th, 2022
The best time to think about pest control is before an infestation ever occurs. The damage that a pest infestation can wreak on your home, and health, can be extensive. Establishing and maintaining a regular and effective pest control solution for your properties is essential because:
Pests will damage your home
There are many pests that can infest and damage your home’s structure and systems, but two specifically come to mind: termites and rodents.
Termites eat away at the wooden framework of your property, causing devastating damage that can cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair. Not to mention the cost of eliminating the infestation, and the possible reduction in your property value if the building is a total loss. Read more
December 20th, 2021
Your lawn is one of your property’s most valuable assets. A well-maintained lawn doesn’t just increase your home’s curb appeal… it can even give your home’s monetary value a boost! It’s no wonder so many homeowners spend time and money ensuring their lawn is in perfect condition.
So, when brown patches start to pop up, or the lawn begins to look thin and scarce, panic may start to set in. However, there are ways to restore your lawn’s luster without replacing or reseeding the entire thing. Read more
December 10th, 2021
Stop Pests From Seeking Shelter in Your Home
When the temperature begins to drop, it seems like everyone and everything spends more time inside… pests included. Winter will send bugs and insects that typically enjoy the outdoors running for warmer spaces, often inside of your home. This is why it’s so important to take these preventative measures to keep pests out of your home before the colder weather sets in: Read more
November 20th, 2021
Everyone has heard how devastating termites can be to the structure of a building, but what else do you know about these little destroyers? Most people can’t even identify a termite when they see one, making it very difficult to recognize an infestation early enough to prevent costly damage.
When you use a professional termite extermination company like Green Solutions, you’ll get the most advanced termite protection on the market. We monitor our termite bait stations at least quarterly and take care of all of the hassles for you, so you can just relax in your comfortable, termite-free home. Read more
November 10th, 2021
In The Fall: Why Is There an Increase of Spiders?
The leaves are turning beautiful shades of red and orange, the temperature is slowly dropping, and there’s the scent of bonfires and pumpkin spice in the air. This can only mean one thing: fall is finally here!
But, this also means that all of the pesky little insects that come along with fall are here too, including spiders. Every year, we get numerous calls from people desiring pest control for spiders as the weather cools. If you’ve ever wondered why spiders seem to pop up everywhere in the fall, we’ve got the answers for you. Read more