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Does your lawn need some TLC and you just can’t find the time for lawn care maintenance? Or maybe you just don’t have the energy and are looking for a professional lawn care company to come in and take over the task and turn your yard into a masterpiece.
With over 20 years of experience, Cape Coral Lawn Care will provide quality service for all your lawn and garden needs. We offer professional lawn care & gardening services to Cape Coral and the surrounding Fort Myers area.
It’s no secret that having a well manicured lawn can add value to your home. Having a lawn or garden that is full of weeds or overgrown shrubs can drop your property value by thousands.
Are you a frustrated home owner sick of fighting insects, grubs, weed infestations, heat and drought problems as well as poor soil conditions?
We all enjoy the hot weather in Southwest Florida but it can pose challenges to growing and maintaining a beautiful healthy lawn. Lawn care consists of many facets and it can be a daunting task to maintain a consistently healthy lawn.
Are there lawn care mistakes that you’re making that are causing your lawn to look less than healthy? There are many aspects that play a critical role in growing a lush green lawn such as:
• Overfeeding your lawn
• Using the wrong types of soil or grass fertilizers.
• Using the wrong grass seed for warmer climates
• Lack of lawn aeration
• Over seeding or lack of
• Watering and when is the best time?
• Best topsoil to use
• What pesticides to use and do you need a pet friendly pesticide?
• Proper Underground Sprinkler Systems
We will do our best to answer these questions and concerns and show you just how much better your lawn can look when it is mowed and treated by a professional lawn care company. When a lawn is mowed properly you will have a healthier lawn and fewer weeds. We will mow to the proper height using only the sharpest of blades so as not to ruin your grass.
Cape Coral Lawn Care will take care of your lawn and garden needs and you can simply sit back and enjoy your lawn.
We offer Free Estimates for the following services:
• Weekly or Bi-monthly Lawn Mowing – Our Specialty (no contracts)
• Trimming and Clean Up
• Planting and Design of Flower Beds and Shrubs
• Lawn Fertilizing
• Weed and Grub Control
• Lawn Seeding
If you are looking for a reliable lawn care company give Ami a call today for your free no obligation estimate 239.217.1438 or Send us an Email
At Cape Coral Lawn care our main goal for your lawns are to produce attractive turf that is not only healthy but strong, giving your lawn the ability to withstand the rigors of use. Lawn fertilization is not only the most basic but by far the most important program to maintain for the care of your lawn.
The main benefits of fertilization are not only growing a beautiful green lush lawn but you will also obtain strong density, growth and uniformity. Once on a fertilization program you can keep the weeds at bay and also have more of a chance from recovering from damage due to the environment.
Home Depot is always a great place to go for learning how to do home projects and Lawn Fertilization is no exception.
I came across this article on Lawn Fertilization that I found very well written and informative. I hope you will agree
Why do you need to fertilize? By Terry Blackburn
Your lawn takes nutrients out of the soil and uses them to aid growth. If your soil lacks adequate lawn nutrients your lawn will suffer. First, as you probably know, fertilizing makes your lawn greener. Most people fertilize to green up the lawn but they don’t know much more than that about why to fertilize.
Fertilizers can include chemicals to inhibit or kill weeds. However, a healthy lawn can actually can keep weeds at bay on its own. A healthy lawn competes with weeds to grow and will win when it has the right conditions.
Another reason to fertilize is that when the nutrients are available, the lawn develops healthier roots. Healthy lawn roots grow deeper. Deep roots can better draw upon water and nutrients in the soil. Furthermore, deep roots reduce thatch and browning. Finally, fertilizer contains nutrients that grass needs to resist disease and drought.
Why are there so many different fertilizers?
The three primary nutrients in a fertilizer are Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium. Each element has its own affect upon grass. Nitrogen stimulates grass growth and greening. Phosphorous stimulates the development of roots and seedlings. Potassium promotes disease and drought resistance.
As the weather changes, your lawn has changing needs. In the heat of the summer, your lawn needs water and little else. In order to survive the cold weather, your lawn needs to have healthy roots and so a fertilizer to promote root growth should be applied before the cold weather sets in. At other times of year your lawn needs nutrients to enable growth and greening. Finally, various weeds have their own growing seasons. In order to give your lawn the edge over weeds, you should fertilize at the beginning of the various weed growth seasons.
Where you live, the type of grass you have, the condition of your soil and the weather all affect your choice of fertilizer and when it should be applied. You also have a choice of organic fertilizer, liquid fertilizer, which is sprayed on, or time released granules which are distributed with a spreader. All of these factors result in the many choices of fertilizer.
What do those numbers on the package mean?
Fertilizer is comprised of three primary nutrients; Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium. The symbols for these nutrients, respectively, are N – P – K. The numbers on fertilizer packages represent the ratio of the nutrient to the total weight of the package. So a 50 lb. bag labeled as 25-5-10 is 25% nitrogen, 5% phosphorous, 10% potassium. By multiplying the weight of the package, by the percentage of the nutrient, you can determine the number of pounds of each nutrient. So in the example above, .25 * 50 lbs = 12.5 lbs. of nitrogen, 2.5 lbs. phosphorous and 5 lbs. potassium.
So what is the rest of the bag contain? Mostly inert fillers. Why not make the bay lighter and leave those fillers out? Those fillers help with even distribution of the nutrients and in the slow-release of nutrients over time.
When should you fertilize?
The weather is the chief influence on when to apply nutrients. The beginning and end of the growing season are the two most important times to fertilize the lawn. These two applications will be adequate to sustain a healthy lawn. However, also preparing for the winter and fertilizing prior to the appearance of weeds will give you the best results.
Where you live influences the timing for each of these applications. If you live in a warmer climate, then the early and late summer are ideal for pre and post growth season applications. In colder climates, spring and fall are the best times to apply nutrients. Early summer is the time to apply nutrients to aid in the prevention of weeds.
For winter protection you should apply fertilizer prior to the first frost or in warmer climates, when the grass stops growing.
Which fertilizer should you use?
You should have your soil tested every 3-4 years to determine what nutrients may be needed. You can purchase a soil test kit, or take a sample to a local nursery. Some counties have agencies that can also test soil for a nominal fee.
The result of your soil test will be a factor in your choice of fertilizer. Generally, the proper ratio of primary nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorous and Potassium.) is influenced by the season. The selection of secondary nutrients is influenced by the condition of your soil.
You have three choices when it comes to form of fertilizer; organic, liquid or timed release. Organic fertilizer is your classic food or animal waste that has been composted. The benefit of organics is that you really can’t damage your lawn by over-fertilizing. You may also have a ready supply of composted material. The down side is that it won’t contain the balance that your lawn needs, it is heavy, requires large quantities and is relatively difficult to apply. Liquid fertilizer can be convenient to apply because it is sprayed, usually with an attachment to your hose. However, it doesn’t last as long and so it must be applied much more often. Slow release fertilizer comes in granules which are spread with a hand spreader or larger push spreader.
Also, don’t underestimate the value of leaving the lawn clippings when you mow. These clippings break down quickly and return vital nutrients to the soil. The rumors you have heard about lawn clippings leading to thatch are untrue. The USDA has tested and determined that thatch does not result from lawn clippings being left on the lawn. The key is that you don’t wait until the lawn is too tall and that you mow only when the grass is dry. Otherwise, you will end up with clumps of clippings that turn brown and are unsightly as well as may block sunlight from the grass underneath.
Because of all the factors that influence the selection of fertilizer, you should take advantage of the knowledge of the staff at your local nursery or home center. First of all, they are generally going to stock the appropriate fertilizer for the current season and the unique considerations for your region. Furthermore, their staff can help you to identify your variety of grass (bring a sample with you), answer your questions and help you select the appropriate fertilizer for your needs.
How much Fertilizer should you use?
Over fertilizing can lead to chemical burn, excessive top growth and weakens your lawn. Under fertilizing results in a lawn that lacks color & lushness, increases risk of disease and results in more weed growth. Clearly, getting the right balance is important.
This is also where the local nursery staff is invaluable.
The type of grass will affect the quantity of nutrients needed. Ask the staff to help you select the right product for your type of grass (remember, bring a sample of your grass). If you know your variety of grass, you can also just read the packages as they will include detail of how much of their product to use for your variety of grass.
Always follow all of the directions for the use, application and cautions listed on the package. Use of protective clothing, gloves, eye-wear and breathing masks is recommended when working with chemical fertilizers.
In this section of Cape Coral Lawn Care we are going to learn how to have a healthy lush lawn in Southwest Florida
Florida lawns are constantly under stress and trying to grow a lawn and have it survive in heat and humidity as well as weeds, poor water retention, nasty insects and fungus can challenge even the most knowledgeable green thumb. Constant lawn maintenance is required and you need to have the proper ph balances to control weeds and keep those insects from intruding.
Florida soil has a very unique nutritional requirement then those in other parts of the country. Most common store bought fertilizers adds phosphorus that we actually have plenty of and can do more damage.
It’s not impossible to have a beautiful lawn but there are some things we need to be aware of in this sunny climate.
1. The kind of turf grass you want to grow and the kind of grass that actually will do well here may be 2 different things. The most durable and easiest types of grass to grow here are Floratam and St. Augustine. Many try and use Bermuda grass which is pretty and you will find it on some golf courses but it is very difficult to maintain as a lawn.
2. Installing an underground irrigation system is imperative. You may think you will water as needed but because of the dry spells your chances of keeping up with it at the times that are important are probably slim to none. When installing your system make sure that all of your lawn will be watered when the sprinklers come on.
3. It is important to kill and weeds and grass that maybe lurking on your lawn currently before you add any new seed. Once you spread weed killer it can take about a week before it will die and you need to rake up all of the dead grass to prepare to lay your new sod.
4. Determine how much grass seed you will need of either the Floratam or St. Augustine grass so you are prepared when you go to order. If you bring in the measurements of your lawn to your local garden center then they can tell you the amount of grass seed you will need. You can get this by simply multiplying the width by the length of your yard to obtain the square footage
5. It is imperative to keep your lawn watered especially for the first couple of weeks after the sod is laid. Make sure you water generously every day. Once the 2 weeks has past then your looking at about 3 x’s a week for at least 30 minutes per day
6. Fertilizing your lawn is very important in Florida. In Florida the lawn has a hard time absorbing nutrients due to the sand so proper nutrition in imperative. The best times to fertilize here are January, March and October and then again in May and August. Check with your local garden center on the strength to use at these times. Crabgrass will also come into play unfortunately so the best time to spread crabgrass killer on your lawn would be in February and September.
7. You want to be aware of Disease and Pests as well.. These little pests will invade the stems and roots of your grass and will affect the overall health of your plants and lawns very quickly.