How to fertilize a Florida lawn

by BobVicars

How to fertilize a Florida lawn has been a mystery to most home owners for years. If you’re not careful you can kill you lawn dead in 14 days.

The tips I have developed over the years has served me well and I hope that they can be useful to you as well.
Since Florida weather is so warm most of the time you have to act in early spring. The sooner you get the fertilizer out the better off your Florida lawn will be. His also applies to early fall with winterizing your Florida lawn.
The application process I have always done over the years goes as follow:

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Early spring make sure the temperature is above 40 and below 80. You then start with a application of weed-n-feed and after a 14 day acclimating period you should test your soil for proper PH levels. Depending on what the test shows you should then add or reduce the PH level. This is done with Lime and Magnesium depending on what needs raising or lowering. After 8 weeks you then administer another application of weed-n-feed.

Then in early fall still making sure the temperature is between 40 and 80 you administer another application of weed-n-feed.  After 8 weeks you apply another (You should not apply weed-n-feed more than 4 times per year). So it’s twice in the fall with 8 week increments in between and same for the spring.

The above application should be done in a crises cross pattern making sure that an even application is applied (please make sure you read and follow the directions on each chemical you apply to your lawn). During the winter, fall, spring, and summer there may be a need for insect control also on your lawn.

There may also be certain weeds in your lawn that weed-n-feed cannot control. Therefore you might have to administer a specific type of weed control for that particular weed type. I have found it helpful to take a picture of the weed and take it to your local garden center for identification.

After you develop your own system of controlling weeds you should only have to water and you’re your lawn during the summer time. There may be instances where you may need to spot treat areas with a liquid weed killer during the summer. Please make sure you read and follow all state laws when disposing of lawn chemicals

Updated: 04/24/2015, BobVicars
 
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