There is currently a state-wide issue with Sod Webworms in Florida. This is due to the amount of rain we have received this summer, as sod webworms live in wet conditions.
Here is some information about Tropical Sod Webworms:
Sod webworms are the larval stage of the moth. Sod webworms live in the thatch layer, spinning a light webbing and feeds on the undersides of grass blades. These pests usually feed at night and can cause extensive damage in a short amount of time, causing...[read more]
Evergreen Shade Tolerant St. Augustine sod is now available! Shade sod comes into season during the fall and often sells out by spring, so place your order today to make sure you have it when you need it!
This is a special order sod and takes 2-3 days to fulfill orders.
Also called turf grass, sod is grass that has been pre-planted into healthy soil. It's held together by either its own roots or some other type of thin material. Using sod to grow grass is the only reliable method for the Central Florida climate, but in order for the process to work, the sod has to be laid correctly. As an Orlando based business, we know the local climate and planting recommendations well.
Here are some basic steps on how to lay sod:
1.) Clear the...[read more]
Sod is palletized grass, ready for installation. Sod is simply "thrown" over a prepared area of ground. After that, it needs to be watered and should avoid being walked on for a few weeks until it's established. Our professionals at Landscape Supply, Co. cut fresh sod every day to our customer's specifications, and deliver it by the pallet. You can also buy FLoratam by the piece at our store. Our best sods include Floratam St. Augustine and Empire Zoysia. Here are some...[read more]
Whether you are looking to decorate a new lawn or renovate your old one, laying sod is a painstaking and long process. It has a high chance of becoming messy if not handled with utmost care.
We, at Landscape Supply Co. with over 20 years of experience in groundcare, are well-versed in the rules of sod-laying. Follow our list of do’s and don'ts to lay the perfect sod in your lawn -
DO Take Precise Measurements
Sod is pretty expensive, so...[read more]
Having a beautiful lawn takes work, not only from a professional lawn care service, but also the property owner. Some property owners are relieved when winter comes as lawns become dormant and don’t need much care. Before you pack it up for the season, be sure to review this list of items to keep your lawn looking great and to make it look even better next year.
1. Be sure all of your leaves are collected.
Trees will shed their foliage at various times throughout...[read more]
There are many reasons to hire a professional landscaping company to tackle that back-breaking lawn maintenance.
Around this time of year, Central Florida averages a temperature of roughly 85 degrees fahrenheit with 60% humidity. Oppressive! Wouldn’t you much rather be inside, you know, where the air conditioning is? I’m sure the lawn service guys would too, but it’s their job and you can pay them to do it instead.
The cost....[read more]
Dread mowing your lawn like most people do? Do you spend the entirety of the task wishing you were doing something else... anything else?! Well, maybe you’re simply spending too much time on this necessary evil. Ever thought about the pattern in which you mow, and how that may effect how long it takes you? Switching to one of these efficient patterns may drastically reduce the time spent doing something you loathe.
A concentric mowing pattern...[read more]
Lawn maintenance is a task that some homeowners choose to handle themselves. It seems simple enough. Anyone can mow the lawn, right? Unfortunately, it’s not quite that simple. Landscaping is a skill just like any other, requiring knowledge and specific techniques. Lack of such knowledge can lead to unhealthy lawns, dead spots, and sometimes permanent damage to a lawn.
Although anyone can technically care for their own lawn, many people still prefer to leave it up for a...[read more]
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As you know, here in Florida it rains, a lot. No matter what time of day you decide to mow, your yard could be wet from a recent rain or even just from the morning dew. This makes mowing your lawn a more difficult and messier task. But no fret, we are here to give you some tips on how to successfully mow your wet lawn without damaging it.
Raise The Mower Deck
Grasses in places like Florida and other...[read more]
Are you on your last straw with obnoxious weeds that just won’t go away? Have you tried everything from a soap and vinegar solution to wishing them away? Well there could be some critical mistakes that you or your lawn care company are making concerning weed management practices.
1. Resilient Weeds
Some varieties of weeds are just downright tough to get rid of. Such varieties can have features including waxy leaves, hairs, or extensive root systems when compared to...[read more]
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Mediocrity is not something that any lawn care company claims to be. They all claim to be top notch, reliable companies with the highest quality standards. Obviously, this is not the case. Loads of great landscaping contractors enter our stores ready to add your lawn to their schedule. Before hiring a lawn service to care for your lawn, there are some questions you should keep in mind.
1. What is included in...[read more]
15 Lawn Care Myths Dispelled 1. It’s perfectly fine to cut your grass short.
This is a major lawn care mistake. A lawn that’s too short is susceptible to weeds. We recommend that you never cut more than 1/3 of the grass blade during any mowing session. Keeping the grass between 3 and 3.5” inches long will help it maintain a deeper root system and become more drought-tolerant and weed-resistant. Cutting grass short causes the grass to grow more...[read more]
Your Soil’s pH
A great indicator for diagnosing the overall health of you lawn is your soil’s pH level. Don’t worry if you are unsure exactly what your soil’s pH level means, or what your soil’s pH can tell you about your lawn - we are here to help!
First off - what exactly is “pH”?
The pH level of your yard’s soil indicates whether your soil is primarily acidic or basic (alkaline). The alkalinity or acidity of...[read more]
Although we are a bit biased here at Landscape Supply (click here to check out our sod selection), here are some real advantages to choosing sod vs. seed when deciding how to go about establishing a new lawn.
- Immediate Satisfaction and Less Work
Rather than waiting for seed to grow in your lawn, sod gives you immediate results. Within just a few short weeks you will have a healthy and beautiful lawn without all of the care during the...[read more]
Weak, stressed lawns are more susceptible to the intrusion of pests and diseases than a healthy lawn. You can reduce your chances of insect infestation by mowing frequently and at least 3” to encourage a deep root system, by using fertilizers sparingly, and by watering appropriately.
Florida’s climate causes a year-round bug season. It is pertinent to monitor your lawn weekly throughout the summer for signs of insects. If your lawn is showing signs of damage from...[read more]
The first step to controlling those pesky weeds in your lawn is correctly identifying them. Here is a short guide to help you do that.
Broadleaf Plantain - Plantago rugelii and Plantago major
- Large, wavy-edged and rounded leaves
- Long tap root similar to Dandelion
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Bull Thistle - Cirsium vulgare
Brown Patch Fungus Disease - Brown patch disease is caused by a species of Rhizoctonia fungus. It usually occurs in St. Augustine, Bermuda, Bahia, and Centipede grasses. Brown patch fungus typically begins in a small area of the lawn, but can spread quickly. The initial sign of the disease is a yellowing of the foliage. Affected blades are easily pulled from the stolon because the fungus destroys the tissue at the leaf base. Infected areas will typically appear in a circular...[read more]
With today’s ecological concerns in mind, more people are considering the addition of turfgrass than ever before. The U.S. Congress has acknowledged these positive environmental benefits. “Turfgrass sod in urban areas and communities can aid in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, mitigating the "heat island" effect, reducing energy consumption and contributing to efforts to reduce global warming trends.”
Natural Filter – The runoff...[read more]
We all know that yard work can cause us to work up a mean sweat. But does that mean it’s good exercise? Let’s take a look at some common lawn care activities and roughly how many calories you can burn while doing them. While these amounts won't be as substantial as doing a highly aerobic exercise such as running, you can be certain you are going to burn much more calories doing yard work than sitting in front of the TV. All calorie amounts are for a...[read more]
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Many varieties of lawn grasses (such as Zoysia and St. Augustine) produce large quantities of roots, stems, rhizomes, and stolons that are resistant to decay. That layer of non-decayed organic matter that forms between the soil surface and green vegetation is called thatch. A moderate layer of thatch is a normal occurence in lawns; however, problems may arise when this layer becomes excessive. Thatch can lead to disease,...[read more]
With the recent news on the water crisis and looming restrictions in California, we thought we'd share what the current watering restrictions are like in Orange County.
With that in mind, here are some tips to make your lawn more drought-tolerant, thus requiring less water to flourish.
- Grass should be watered only 2-3 days (or less) a week or...[read more]
Summer is finally here, and it’s time to return your lawn back to its former glory. Here are some tips for the warm season to keep your lawn looking lush and healthy.
Remove any moss, leaves, or other debris that may have accumulated on your lawn over the winter/early Spring. Raking these areas will encourage airflow throughout the turf and prevent any insect infestation and disease. This process will also allow new blades of grass to grow without...[read more]