Common Florida Lawn Problems and Treatment

Common Florida Lawn Problems and Treatment

Growing a healthy lawn requires care and precision. Sometimes, though, despite your best efforts, you may still encounter problems with your grass. Some of these issues have easy solutions, while others require more complex approaches. Here’s a look at some of the most common lawn problems and what you can do about them.

Incorrect Watering

The Florida climate is relatively warm and humid when compared to other environments across the country, making it a great place to grow grass. Rain is plentiful, which can reduce the amount you’ll need to water your lawn with sprinklers. However, you’ll still need to maintain the appropriate moisture level in your lawn’s soil, as too much or too little water can both cause problems.

With too little water, your grass will begin to dry out, especially in the heat. You may notice dry or bare patches in sunny areas of your yard, even if shaded areas still appear healthy. Fortunately, this is an easy problem to fix. Water dry areas with a hose to increase moisture levels, or adjust your sprinkler schedule to give your lawn more water. Be sure to stay in line with local watering restrictions and requirements so you don’t get hit with a fine or citation.

During rainy periods, it is also possible for your lawn to get too much water. This can potentially lead to mold, rot and other issues, and it can make your lawn area soggy and prone to damage as well. Keep an eye on the weather forecast so you know when to expect rain. You can then turn off your sprinklers on rainy days to avoid doubling up on watering.

Control Common Rodents and Bugs

Insects, rodents and other lawn pests can damage your grass and inhibit its growth as well. Some pests tunnel under your lawn, making it more difficult for the roots to gain access to the water and nutrients the grass needs. Other pests eat the grass blades or root structure, effectively killing the lawn itself.

The right treatment approach will depend on the specific pest you are dealing with and how it damages the grass. Your local landscaping expert can guide you in addressing common pest problems, or you can refer to our past posts for specific advice about pests that are prevalent in the Florida region.

Once you have gotten rid of your pest problem, you can then take steps to prevent them from coming back. When your yard is fortified against future pest infestations, you’ll be ready to restore your lawn and bring it back to full health.

Lawn Diseases and Fungus

From time to time, your lawn can also acquire diseases. In many cases, the symptoms of these diseases can be similar to pest damage, making them challenging to identify accurately. A lawn care professional can help specify the problem so you know how to treat it. They can also advise you on future steps to take to keep the disease at bay.

Fertilizers, soil treatments and other measures can help eradicate disease from your yard, and you can often use similar methods to prevent disease from coming back. Once you know that your lawn is prone to a particular disease, you’ll know the early signs to watch out for, making it easier to prevent disease damage in the future.

Repair the damage with Fresh Sod and Soil

While you may be able to restore your lawn with proper care in some cases, in others, you’ll have to replace some or all of the grass to bring back that lush appearance you love so much. At Duda Sod, we are proud to provide fresh sod in many varieties that are well-suited to the climate here in Florida. St. Augustine, Floratam, Zoysia and Bahia sod, among others, all grow well here and will look great on your property.

Our team is always here to answer all of your questions and help you choose the best sod to meet your needs and preferences. You can count on us for expert advice for caring for your yard and preventing damage. We invite you to reach out to our team today to learn more about our sod services in Florida. We are standing by to assist you so don’t delay in getting in touch.