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Summer Lawns in Florida – Is the grass greener on the other side?

There are many factors that can affect our lawns and summertime is one of the most challenging for keeping lawns and shrubs healthy. Although most of us are more likely to seek the shelter of an air-conditioned easy chair during the summer, fresh air is always high on the priority list. How do you make sure that your outdoor space looks as beautiful as possible when there are plenty of forces going against it.

Lawns are growing faster than we can cut them

It’s currently the rainy season, which means our grass is growing faster than we can cut it. Consistently wet grass and thatch build-up create conditions ripe for fungus growth that should be treated quickly to avoid spreading. There are multiple kinds of fungi that grow in a variety of conditions. Usually, the fungus appears as discoloration, yellowing or browning. These issues could be caused by a number of different factors, Incorrect watering (over-or under-watering), commercial mowers cutting too low, and improper fertilization practices can all contribute to making grasses more susceptible to diseases.

Tempco Lawn Care Tech and Truck treating client's lawns

Which fungus has invaded your lawn?

It’s important to know which fungus (if it’s a fungus at all) has invaded your lawn. Fairy Ring, brown patch, and take-all root rot are some of the most common. Different methods of treating can be determined by one of our technicians. Our first step is to evaluate the problem and determine which fungicide to use. If the ground is saturated, a granular product is most effective and if the ground is dry, a spray treatment may do the trick. The product should stay in the damaged area for at least 24 hours with no cutting or rain. Based on the weather prediction and lawn conditions, we will determine if direct contact or systemic treatment is best. Contact works immediately and, like the name implies contacts the fungus directly. Systemic treats the roots which feed into the leaf of the grass where the fungus is residing. Our technicians automatically come back to check and re-treat fungus after 14 days.

Tempco Lawn Care Tech inspecting clients lawns in Florida

If the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, it might be time to contact Tempco by calling (855) 366-7378 for an evaluation to make sure your yard is ready for family get-togethers and cooler days ahead.

Michael Ryan

President Michael Ryan is the founder and co-owner of Tempco Pest Control, Inc. His primary responsibilities include financial oversight, strategic planning and operations. Michael earned a B.S. in marketing with a minor in political science from Florida Southern College in 1990. He has a banking and entrepreneurial background as well as over 20 years of pest control experience. Michael holds Florida Certified Operators Licenses in Pest Control, Rodent Control, Lawn Care and Termite Control and earned the designation of Associate Certified Entomologist. He is also a member of the Entomological Society of America as well as the Certified Pest Control Operators Association. A Florida resident since 1990, Michael’s interests include fishing, boating, ornamental horticulture and his 225-gallon salt water aquarium.