Last Updated on July 31, 2019 by Gardens Home Management Services

The Florida sun is starting to set a little earlier and rise a little later. And, you know what that means… Fall is here! One thing is for sure; your garden has already noticed the change in season and you can now expect for your lawn to transition from a growth phase to a dormancy phase. If you own a property in South Florida and if you are not always around to take care of it, you might be concerned about how to prepare it so that it is able to survive the fall.

Preparing your lawn for fall in South Florida does not have to a be a tricky task. If you are away or do not have the time, the services or a professional estate management or landscape maintenance team can make things easier for you.

Why Does Lawn Need to be Prepped for Fall in South Florida?

While October in South Florida brings typically warm temperatures, there are many unexpected cold days that find their way into those warm stretches. It is these cold days that can do the most damage to a healthy lawn. While grass requires specific care, there are a few general things you can do to start preparing your lawn for fall in South Florida.

How to Prepare Lawn for Fall

Below are 4 tips for preparing your lawn for fall in South Florida.

  1. Get Rid of Those Leaves
    Some might think that leaves insulate the lawn. However, in reality, leaves hinder photosynthesis. Rake or leaf-blow those leaves off your lawn.
  2. Get Out the Garden Hose
    When the rain is not regular in South Florida, your watering regime should be. Now, you don’t have to go overboard and water as much as you would in Summer, just make sure that the ground is dampened each day, so it doesn’t dry out.
  3. Go Easy on The Fertilizer
    When the fall starts or approaches, your lawn will look sad and like it is dying. Do not be tempted to fertilize it though. Fertilizer has a high nitrogen content that spurs on growth. A growth spike now will mean the lawn will be easily damaged at the first sign of cold weather.
  4. Don’t Give Your Trust Away to All Winterizes
    Some fertilizer companies offer winterized formulas for lawns. Not all of these are made equal. While they can be good, it is best to discuss the quality and quantity with a professional garden maintenance company first.

When preparing your lawn for fall in South Florida, we strongly recommend that you get in touch with our garden management team. You can give us a call or send us an email to discuss the care and maintenance of your lawn and garden today.