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County, Florida since 1984.

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Monthly Tips & Advice
William Dickgraber Jr.
"Integrity is what
you do when
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William Dickgraber

(Water is a big issue
in Central Florida lawn care)
( Fall St. Augustine lawn care,
use of pre-emergents.)
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A manicured lawn and landscape in the Savannahs, Merritt Island, Florida
A meticulously manicured lawn and landscaped property we
maintain in The Savannah's Development,  Merritt Island, Florida

The advice in this column applies to St.
Augustine lawns.

We are now in the fall!

The temperature has begun to drop.
Not much, but to the well tuned individual and plant life, the
difference is very noticeable.  Plant  growth has slowed slightly and
your lawn needs to be treated with kid gloves going into the winter.

No longer trim your azaleas or spring blooming bushes.  They start
to form their blooms now for the spring and you will inadvertently
trim them off.  Also only trim plants as needed for appearance
purposes.  No hard pruning please.

Be careful trimming your palms.  Don't have the ball too closely
trimmed, this can cause the cold to enter the heart of the palm and
damage the tree during cold spells.

Cut the lawn tall to protect the turf and keep the thatch in place to
weather any freeze we may have.  Raise your mower settings to cut
1/4" higher than you mowed through the summer, this will prevent
you from removing the complete blade of grass down to the thatch
and help the grass with its photosynthesis. Scalping at this time of
year can be detrimental if we get a hard freeze during the winter.  Be
on the careful side of the weather.  Here in Florida cold can catch us
by surprise.

We can now start cutting back the watering of the landscape to once
a week.  Still ensure your lawn turf gets apprx. 1/2" of water a week
in one watering, not 2 (1/4")

As always, I am taking the steps needed on my
customers lawns to ensure the lawns enter the winter months the
healthiest  they can.  I am mowing only when necessary, 10-14 days
between cuttings, and am mowing at a very tall setting.  The less
stress I can put the lawn under,  the healthier your lawn will be.
Cutting back on how often you mow at this time of year will keep
your lawn its greenest for the longest time possible into the winter.
Cutting to often will cause your grass to have a lighter hazy shade of
green rather than dark green.