Tag Archive: Lawns

Winterizer for North Florida Lawns?

Proper maintenance all year long is the best way to achieve a healthy lawn. Credit: Jim Stevenson If you’ve been to a local garden center lately, there’s a good chance you’ve seen some displays marketing winterizer fertilizer for your lawn. Many of these displays are quite shiny and state all sorts of reasons why you …

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Frequent Rains Induce Slime Mold in Panhandle Lawns

Slime Mold Sporangia. Image Courtesy Matthew Orwat Although black or white streaks are shocking when they appear on an otherwise healthy lawn,  slime molds are rarely harmful. Slime mold is actually caused by the small round fruiting bodies of a special type of fungal-like organisms called Myxomycetes. While regularly present in the soil, they usually make a visual appearance on …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/06/16/frequent-rains-induce-slime-mold-in-panhandle-lawns/

Ground Pearls, The Peril of Local Lawns

Typical ground pearl damage to lawn. Photo Credit: Larry Williams There are numerous reasons why maintaining a North Florida lawn is challenging and ultimately frustrating. One such reason is ground pearls. Ground pearls, small-scale insects that bother turfgrass roots, are soil dwelling pests that are not much of a problem in northern lawns. But they …

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Why Do People Apply Sand Over Their Lawns?

Topdressing material should be weed and nematode-free. Photo Credit: Bryan Unruh, UF/IFAS Turfgrass Specialist. Q. I see some folks putting a layer of lawn dressing (usually sand) on their lawns in the spring. What’s the purpose for this and is it a good practice? A. Routinely applying a layer of soil or sand to a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/03/11/why-do-people-apply-sand-over-their-lawns/

February is not “Fertilizer Time” for Lawns

It Image courtesy UF / IFAS Florida Friendly Landscaping It’s too early to fertilize our warm-season lawn grasses now. This includes the use of fertilizers contained in weed-and-feed products. There are a number of reasons why it’s best to wait to fertilize your lawn. First, the soil temperature is too cool for grass roots to …

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Wait Until Mid April to Fertilize North Florida Lawns

Cold injury to lawn from too early fertilizer application. Credit: Larry Williams It’s too early to fertilize our warm-season lawn grasses now. This includes the use of fertilizers contained in weed-and-feed products. There are a number of reasons why it’s best to wait to fertilize your lawn. First, the soil temperature is too cool for …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/03/17/wait-until-mid-april-to-fertilize-north-florida-lawns/

Prepare Lawns Now For Growing Season To Come

While the azaleas may be blooming, most north Florida Lawns still need some work to be ready for the growing season. Spring is officially here, so this means it is time to get the lawn in shape for another growing season in north Florida. The first step is to develop an action plan which sets …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/04/08/prepare-lawns-now-for-growing-season-to-come/