St Augustine Lawn

St. Augustine Lawn
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Living in Florida, our lawn goals are to have a beautiful St. Augustine lawn.  If you’re unfamiliar, this is a warm-season type of grass that is perfect for tropical & subtropical regions.  St. Augustine is dark green in color, with broad and flat blades, which forms a thick sod and is good at crowding out most weeds and other grasses.

Care for Your St. Augustine Lawn

When caring for your St. Augustine lawn, be sure to check frequently for signs of decline. You could have fungus, or turf destroying insects.

There are many different kinds of lawn insects, such as:

  • Chinch Bugs
  • Grubs
  • Sod-web worms
  • And many more

Lawn fungus can come in many different shapes or forms, as there are many different types. For example, there is what’s called “brown-patch disease”, which is more common during cooler temperatures; and “take-all root rot” which is seen more during warm and moist weather.  The key to dealing with fungus is preventative and is easiest to treat when caught early on.

Water: A Delicate Balance

Maintaining your lawn properly can help prevent chinch bugs or  fungus from destroying your St. Augustine lawn. Be sure to water early in the morning, this way as the sun rises the grass will have more time to dry before nightfall. You want to also be sure you are giving it just the right amount of water, and be careful not to drown your lawn! Ideally, you should apply 3/4″ of water to your lawn twice per week, or 1 1/2″ per week.

Fungus… What Do I Do?

When you think your lawn may have a disease, the safest bet is to call the professionals. Brown or yellow spots in your lawn might not always be fungus, as this could be caused by drought or cold weather. Assuming you have diagnosed the problem and treating it based off that assumption, you could just be damaging your lawn even further. You know what you get when you ass-u-me!

For example: do not feed the fungus! Fertilizing a fungus will cause it to explode and make the problem even harder to get rid of.  You want to avoid watering as well, as this will only give it strength. There are several steps to relieve your lawn but just remember: it will get worse before it gets better.

Leave It To The Pros!

It’s important to use the correct fungicide or insecticide when dealing with deficiencies in your lawn, as I said before there are so many different types of fungus and insects, and not all are treated the same. Treating your lawn is best left for the professionals, this way mistakes aren’t made and the problem is controlled the right way the first time around.  If you suspect trouble in your lawn, call us today for a free evaluation.

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Grass: Keeping It Hydrated

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                        Watering Your Grass

The best time to water your grass is in the morning, and there are a few reasons why. The first one being so that it has more time to dry throughout the day. A wet lawn at night can lead to fungus and other disease problems. Another great reason is it is cooler in the morning so you have less evaporation, meaning it won’t take as much water and could help save money on your water bill!

Remember your lawn needs about 1-1.5 inches of water weekly. Having an in-ground irrigation system is the best choice, it is the most efficient way to guarantee your lawn is getting the proper amount to drink. Specialized drip irrigation systems target the plants roots, which causes surrounding weed seeds to not be able to germinate, so you’ll have less weeding to do! Of course there are other options as well, such as hand-watering or sprinkler systems. There are many benefits to keeping your yard healthy and beautiful, but remember, it doesn’t happen by itself!

Outdoor Pest Control

Outdoor Pest Control

Enjoying the fresh air should be relaxing and worry-free, but having an infestation of pests can have the opposite effect. When trying to keep your outdoor living spaces pest-free, there are several preventative measures that you can take.

  1. Avoid putting trash receptacles near areas you plan on spending your time. If you do keep trash receptacles outside, be sure to empty and clean them often. Flies and other pests are attracted to garbage, so another idea would be to keep a lid or cover on any trash bin.
  2. Keep outdoor spaces meticulously clean. Be sure the ground and table tops are clear of food particles. Any spills should be cleaned right away, while also keeping cracks and crevices free of crumbs.
  3. Look out for any standing water – mosquitos are attracted to moisture. Keep gutters and downspouts clean while also emptying water from flower pot drain pans. Fountains, ponds, and other water features must be properly maintained.
  4. Any grass surrounding the home should be maintained and mowed regularly. You’ll want to keep tree branches and shrubs trimmed away from the house.

Having a pest control plan in place is recommended. There are steps you can take to rid your outdoor spaces of pesky insects and rodents, but for the best results: leave it to the professionals. After all, no one knows pests better than a company who specializes in pest control! Call 3 Seasons Lawn & Pest Control today for a FREE consultation!

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Should You Hire A Lawn Care Service?

 

Truthfully, if you compare DIY work vs. a Lawn Care company, it makes a whole lot more sense to hire a  professional to do it for you. Taking care of your lawn is a lot more than just mowing and watering. With different seasons bringing in different turf diseases, weeds popping up all over, and especially having bushes or trees in your yard, doing it yourself can be a bit challenging. Most people believe that it would be too expensive to hire someone, but with the knowledge and expertise the professionals have, it could also end up saving you money.

You Do It Yourself…..

Picture this: You look at your lawn and notice brown patches, so you do some research. This alone takes time. So, you go to the nearest home & garden store, purchase some weed-killer and lawn fertilizer. You take the time to apply it to your lawn, then more time to clean up. You wait a few days, but there’s no improvement. Back to researching. You followed the directions perfectly, so why did this not work? Well, there’s many different types of lawn diseases. What may work for one type, may not work for another. So, without having the proper knowledge to identify each disease, you waste your time and money trying different brands and types of lawn treatment.

You Hire A Professional….

Now, imagine you had contacted a professional lawn care company first, like 3 Seasons Lawn, Landscape, & Pest Control. We would have come out, examined the lawn and identified the issues, then treated and cared for your lawn for probably less than what you spent on equipment and treatments. Now we’re saving you time and money. We would come out on a scheduled basis so that your lawn is never neglected. 3 Seasons pays attention to the detail and would leave your lawn in tip-top shape every time.

Some people enjoy working on their own lawn though. And if that’s you, then keep up the good work! But if you’d rather save time, money, and stress, give 3 Seasons Lawn, Landscape, & Pest Control a call!

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Spring Is Coming!

Winter is leaving us, and you know what that means – Spring is almost here. The cold weather can leave your grass, trees, and shrubs weak and hungry; but with a little incentive and a plan of action, you can get your yard ready for the growing season ahead.

Spring Clean Up

The first thing you want to do is rake up any leaves, twigs, or other debris Winter may have left behind. Once your lawn is all cleaned up, the turf grass will be able to breathe better and prevent any disease or insect infestation.

Apply fertilizer and pre-emergent to feed your hungry grass and prevent crabgrass from popping up. Once crabgrass does show up, it can be a long-lasting battle trying to get rid of it again.

Mowing schedules will need to be changed to every week instead of every 2 weeks now that the grass is growing faster again. If you let the grass grow to high and then cut it, it will stunt the roots so they can’t reproduce properly.

We highly recommend mulching at this time. Not only will it give a polished look to your lawn, it will also help prevent weed growth. For more information on mulching, click here.

Taking care of your lawn during the spring and summer can be a real hassle due to Florida’s hot, summer heat and the amount of responsibility it takes to keep up with it. Hire a lawn care professional to take the sweat of your back!

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Mulching: The Benefits

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Mulching

Mulching is one of the best things you can do for your landscape to give your home a beautiful, finished appearance! In addition to decorative value, mulching offers many benefits to your soil and plants. Choosing a natural-based mulch rather than one made of rubber or gravel increases the advantages to mulching.

Protection

Mulching  protects against the changing temperatures. Mulch acts as in insulator, which helps to regulate soil temperature. During the hot, Florida summer the soil remains cool. The mulch acts as a blanket during the cooler temperatures, keeping soil nice and warm. Mulch conserves moisture as well, so you can spend less time watering. Mulch slows down moisture evaporation so more water remains in the soil and available to thirsty plant roots! BONUS: a 2-3 inch layer of mulch naturally helps prevent weeds from sprouting and taking over your landscape by blocking their growth and access to the sunlight.

Add Beauty!

Mulching instantly adds rich color and a manicured look to your landscape. Putting mulch in your landscape beds, around the foundation of your home, around trees and between garden beds gives a great curb appeal! Colored mulches compliment the hues of your home and flower beds. For example, Cypress mulch goes will with brick houses, and red mulch with light colored houses.

Organic Mulch

You want to use mulches made from organic materials, in order to improve the soil as the mulch breaks down. Insects in the soil naturally consume the mulch over time, and add the by-products back into the soil in the form of organic matter. Also, mulch keeps soil nutrients from being washed away with the rain, but it also can release nutrients into the soil if you are using an organic material. This happens as the organic material slowly decomposes on top of the soil.

Get Started Today!

There are so many benefits to adding mulch to your landscape, call 3 Seasons Lawn & Landscape today to get a free quote! Are you tired of looking out your window and seeing just a sea of green? We can add a pop of color and enhance curb appeal as well as property values!

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Crape Myrtles

 

What Are Crape Myrtles?

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Crape Myrtles are an ornamental Asian shrub or small tree with bright colored crinkled pedals. They typically grow in warmer climates of the world, so they are a common plant in Florida. Crape Myrtles provide a remarkable addition to your landscape and are bought frequently for their vibrant colors. They can grow anywhere from 1” to 100”!

Crape Murder

Crape Myrtles grow so easily and bloom so long that we love them like family members, except during the winter when they are chopped down to the stump. They bloom so beautifully during the summer but are leafless in the wintertime, revealing nothing but branches. Crape Myrtles grow so fast that it is a common assumption they will grow back as normal when spring comes back around. But STOP! Chopping them down will just leave you with spindly and unattractive growth from ugly stumps in the springtime. This method is commonly referred to as “Crape Murder”.

Prune Correctly – Or else!

The proper way to care for your Crape Murder during the winter, in order to achieve those bright blooming pedals in the summer, is to trim off the top 2-3 feet of your branches just before spring or in late winter. Pruning Crape Myrtles takes gentle care,  and is best done by a professional. You want to avoid using an electric hedge trimmer for this job and stick to using your standard pruners. If pruned incorrectly, you could be left with a lot of ugly! Trust 3 Seasons Lawn & Landscape to care for your Crape Myrtles and other ornamental plants in your landscape, call today for your free estimate!

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Lawn & Yard Allergies

Allergies

How unfortunate is it to have gardening as your favorite hobby, but your outdoor allergies get the best of you every time? Finding plant varieties that won’t trigger your immune system can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. The easiest way to create an allergy-friendly garden is to hire a professional landscape service to do it for you. With the knowledge and experience in selecting plants and plant maintenance, 3 Seasons Lawn & Landscape is who you should trust.

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What Causes These Allergies?

The most common yard allergies are caused by over-sensitivity to pollen. Most of the pollen that causes allergies come from trees, weeds, & different grasses. If you suffer from allergies, we advise you to check pollen counts daily. The term “pollen counts” refers to how many grains of pollen are active within a predefined volume of air. The Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America regularly releases environmental statistics.

Can I Avoid The Symptoms From My Allergies?

Most sufferers can’t really avoid the symptoms of an allergy while they work, as there is no way to eliminate irritants from the air. Though you can pick your moments of exposure carefully and take precautions. If you are one of the few that experience more severe physical reactions, it is best to leave the gardening and lawn maintenance to the professionals. You don’t have to settle for a poor quality or mediocre lawn, call 3 Seasons Lawn & Landscape to help avoid those allergic reactions!

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Lawn Maintenance During Winter

Caring For Your Lawn During Florida’s Winter

Though Florida may not really experience winter, Lawn Maintenance during winter months can be a challenge for the untrained homeowner.   Temperatures typically drop between the months of December through February  in Florida.  Here in New Port Richey, it can get even a few degrees lower than most southern areas, and those few degrees can make a difference.  Caring for your lawn during this time may not seem as important, but we assure you it is.

Have you ever noticed how your lawn turns brown in the winter? What’s happening is your lawn is going into shock due to the infrequent cold weather. As the cold months approach, your lawn begins to enter a state of dormancy.  This meaning that the grass will grow at a slower rate and not be as green naturally. For optimum health for your lawn during the winter, be sure to take proper care by calling a professional for help.  There are measures and options that can improve the look of your lawn overall and boost its health too!

Lawn Maintenance During Winter

When mowing your lawn, the recommended height is to be left taller than during spring and summer months in order to give protection to the roots from cooler weather. For St. Augustine grass, the recommended mow height is 3.5”-4’. Due to the lower growth rate in your grass, watering is not of high priority during the winter.  You actually want to cut back on your irrigation, especially in the morning when the grass is already wet and cold.  Though your lawn may look dead, there is no need for fertilizer. In fact, fertilizing your lawn during cooler weather could cause more harm than good.

The good thing about lawn care in winter, is there is minimum effort needed versus the steady maintenance required for spring and summer. But that doesn’t mean neglect it completely! Let 3 Season’s Lawn and Landscape Inc.  maintain your lawn all year round, our highly trained lawn care professionals are able to keep your lawn beautiful no matter what the weather is! Call today for your free quote!

(727)847-1553

Pest Control in Your Home

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Annual Indoor Pest Control Protection

Indoor pest control is necessary in Florida due to our tropical climate. We have  wide variety of insects, rodents, reptiles and many other nuisance pests.  Insects invade places in your home such as food pantry, toaster oven, coffee maker, refrigerator, pet bowls, toothbrush and many others. They can easily transfer germs and disease as well as leave behind their droppings….yuck!

Our annual program is convenient so you don’t have to be home one day every other month for a treatment. Our once per year indoor treatment is a very thorough process of baiting, dusting, identifying and correcting factors that contribute to entry and incubation that increases the chance of infestation.

Outside Perimeter Treatment

The outside perimeter of the home is also very important. We treat the foundation and all points of entry such as doorways, windows, vents, conduit and soffits. This service is performed at the time of the annual indoor and then quarterly after that until renewal time.