Lawn Care

Tips for Maintaining St. Augustine Sod in Your Florida Lawn

St. Augustine grass is a common choice for lawns across the southern United States, especially in Florida. That is because it has an excellent ability to thrive in tropical and even sub-tropical climates as well as being an attractive bright green grass. While it grows easily in these climates, it does still require some maintenance to keep it healthy and looking its best. Here are some tips on maintaining your Florida St. Augustine grass: St. Augustine grass requires seasonal care to be a...

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Choosing Sod or Seed for Your Lawn

If you are debating whether to use seed or sod for your yard, you’re going to want to keep reading. In this post we’re going to give you the advantages and disadvantages to both seed and sod for your Central Florida lawn . Advantages of Sod in Florida One of the biggest advantages of sod is that it provides an instant lawn, with no wait time before your grass begins to grow. You’ll also be able to start utilizing your lawn faster with sod, since the grass establishes itself muc...

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Lake Jem Farms 1/27/2019 Comments(0)

Top 3 Lawn Problems and The Sod Solutions

Home improvement doesn’t only include your house. For many Floridians, having a beautiful, manicured lawn gives you the curb appeal that everyone desires. If you’ve invested in a nice, lush sod lawn, you want to keep it looking its best. In order to do that, you’ll need to watch out for these three problems: Brown or Yellow Spots There can be multiple reasons you have brown spots in your yard. One being that your sod needs more water. Another could be animal urine, especially i...

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Lake Jem Farms 8/19/2018 Comments(0)

How to Get a Lush, Green Lawn in the Shade

Not all turf is built to withstand the shade. For areas that don’t get at least six hours of direct sun a day, selecting the right type of sod variety is incredibly important in order for your lawn to thrive. Evaluate Your Sunlight A number of factors may affect the amount of sunlight that reaches your grass. Buildings and trees can block sunlight, while different seasons can also affect the amount of sunlight your lawn gets. If you’re not sure how much sunlight reaches your lawn thr...

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Staff 7/23/2018 Comments(0)

Spring Lawn Maintenance That Will Save You in the Summer Months

With spring here, now is the time to start preparing for those hot summer months. Have your guests impressed by your beautiful, lush lawn during your parties and family cookouts by starting your spring lawn maintenance . Clean it Up Winter is over! Be sure to rake up all those dead leaves and get them to the curb. Give your lawn a chance to breathe and get yourself a good view of what needs to be done before those scorching summer months. Don’t be Afraid to Get Dirty Soil preparation is an...

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Lake Jem Farms 5/22/2018 Comments(0)

Top 4 Summer Sod Tips for Central Florida Lawns

Summertime in Central Florida mean sunshine, barbecues and time spent outside with family and friends. But sudden summer downpours and powerful Florida humidity can cause summer landscapes to be especially susceptible to disease. To keep your lawn looking its best, here are our top four tips to keep your turfgrass healthy this summer. 1. Monitor Hydration It’s easy to think that the more water your grass has in our hot summers, the better off it is, but ove...

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Staff 5/18/2017 Comments(0)

St. Augustine Grass Maintenance In Central Florida

Irrigation The most efficient and least costly way to irrigate is to only do it when the grass requires it. Give enough water so that the soil is wet to about 4 inches deep. This encourages the roots to grow deeper, which helps the grass tolerate dry conditions better. You can tell by looking at the grass when it is time to water it again. The color will start to change to a blue-green. At this point, it’s time for another deep watering. You can also tell the grass needs watering wh...

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Lake Jem Farms 4/18/2017 Comments(0)

Why Sod Might be the Easiest Solution for a Lawn Overgrown with Weeds

It’s one thing when a yard requires some weed pulling, but it’s another case entirely when weeds overtake your entire yard. Hours of time spent in the heat and you might make it through only a portion of you yard. And depending on the extent of weed population, you might not have much actual grass left. A weed is a plant that is considered undesirable, unattractive, or troublesome, especially one that grows where it is not wanted and often grows or spreads fast or takes the place of ...

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Staff 2/16/2017 Comments(0)

When Should I Hire a Professional Orlando Sod Expert?

It may be tempting to trying sodding your own lawn, but be warned, it is harder than it looks. Sodding can help to establish a lawn, allowing it to integrate successfully. But when it’s not done correctly, you run the risk that your lawn simply won’t take, and all you’ll end up with is a lot of dead grass and wasted money. Soil Preparation Before you even begin to install sod, it’s wise for the underlying soil to be inspected. If it is lacking in essential nutrients, your...

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Lake Jem Farms 9/12/2016 Comments(0)

5 Best Reasons to Choose Sod Over Seed

Is your lawn looking thin or patchy? You may be searching for the solution that is best for you and your lawn. Many homeowners are in similar positions and face the same question; sod or natural grass seed? In this article, we’ll review some of the reasons you would choose sod over seed. 1. Less Labor Intensive One of the benefits of sod is that it is less labor intensive than seeding. Seeding can often take many attempts to get the seed to stick, and even then it could come through patchy...

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Lake Jem Farms 12/22/2015 Comments(0)

Herbicides and Pesticides - What to Use?

Most of us spend a lot of time and money getting our Central Florida lawns to look perfect only to wake up one morning and see weeds or large brown spots where insects have been dining! Fighting Mother Nature can sometimes feel like an uphill battle, however technology has developed things to help in the War on Weeds and Bugs. To rid your lawn of weeds there are two broad categories of herbicides: Pre-emergent herbicides can be used to stop weeds from sprouting and are manufactured under a varie...

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Lake Jem Farms 10/21/2015 Comments(0)

Reasons Professional Sodding Beats Out DIY

Is your lawn looking like it’s in dire need of some serious help? Are you thinking of putting down some new turf in your yard? Investing in professional sodding is money well spent. When done well, sodding can establish a lawn and allow it to integrate successfully. However, if done improperly, you run the risk that your lawn simply won’t take and all you’ll have to show for your efforts is a lot of dead, unattractive grass. So how do you ensure that your lawn grows full and be...

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Lake Jem Farms 8/13/2015 Comments(0)

Choosing the Best Florida Sod Farm for Commercial Properties

When choosing a commercial sod farm to supply turfgrass for your hotel, golf course, or other types of business, it is important to take into consideration several aspects of your needs when it comes to grass choices. The amount of foot traffic, expected lawn maintenance, and desired aesthetics are all things to consider when choosing the sod for your commercial property. A good Central Florida sod farm can help you make these important decisions for your commercial property. Here are some thing...

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Lake Jem Farms 2/6/2015 Comments(0)

How to Prep for Sod Installation

Creating a thick, lush lawn in Florida is easily achievable by installing sod onto your lawn. However, it’s not as easy as just rolling the sod out and adding water. There are a few things to check off your list before having sod installed by a Central Florida sod farm, such as choosing the right sod for your property, ensuring all weeds are killed, and that your lawn is graded and your soil is as healthy as possible. Choosing a Turfgrass Not all lawns are created equal. The amoun...

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Lake Jem Farms 12/19/2014 Comments(0)

Winter Lawn Care Tips

It may not feel like it now, but winter is coming to Central Florida eventually, and you will need to have your lawn prepared. There are some easy steps you can take starting now to keeping your lawn in good shape as the winter months reach us. First, make sure to clean up your lawn. Any leaves, debris, or even toys left out on the lawn too long can smother the grass, creating conditions where it is susceptible to disease, as well as inviting insects, mice, or other damaging pests to take up res...

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Lake Jem Farms 10/12/2012 Comments(0)

Overseeding Lawns for Cooler Months

In our previous blog, we mentioned overseeding grass during the winter to maintain a great looking lawn year round. But what is overseeding? Overseeding is just what it sounds like – adding seed over your warm season grass so that the lawn will remain full and green during the winter. It is especially useful if you have Bermuda grass , buffalo grass, Zoysia, St. Augustine or other warm season grasses, which go dormant in cooler weather and can lead to unappealing brown lawns for the winter...

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Lake Jem Farms 10/1/2012 Comments(1)

Fall Sod Tips

Fall is right around the corner! Even though we are in the Sunshine State, the weather in Florida eventually turns cool, and it is important to know how to care for grass during the Fall. Commonly, grasses made for cool seasons include bluegrass, bentgrass, fescues, and ryegrasses. Warm season turf grasses include Bermudagrass , Saint-Augustinegrass, zoysiagrass, and buffalograss. Regardless of whether you have cool season turf grass or warm season turf grass growing in your lawn, there are a co...

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Lake Jem Farms 9/18/2012 Comments(1)

Keeping Summer Grass Healthy

Are you worried about how your grass will react to the summer weather? Even though the summer months are coming to an end, the hot weather will be around for a little while longer at least, and it is important to keep some tips and tricks in mind. Or, if your lawn has failed this year, keep these things in mind as you prepare for next year’s yard. First and foremost, make sure to protect your lawn against insects and disease. Insects can lay thousands of eggs, overtaking your yard quickly....

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Lake Jem Farms 9/4/2012 Comments(0)

How to Care for Zoysia Grass

If you have added Zoysia grass to your Central Florida lawn, it is important that you know how to maintain it so it will remain beautiful for years to come. Some of the most important keys to proper Zoysia maintenance include the proper soil fertility, rainfall, and amount of sun. While Zoysia is popular because it can thrive in a variety of climates and weather conditions, it grows the best when it has good soil fertility, full sun, high rainfall, and is growing in the south. While it may seem ...

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J Ruebush 8/14/2012 Comments(0)

Ideal Length for Types of Grass

The ideal length for grass varies from type to type. Some grasses are made to be shorter, while others are made to be higher. Asking an expert at Lake Jem Farms about your specific type of sod is important, as the length the grass should be cut can even vary during its lifetime – for example, you may need to leave the grass longer while it is in its early stages and establishing roots, but it can be cut shorter in the future. The length for the different grass types also depends on what ty...

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J. Ruebush 7/9/2012 Comments(0)

Most Common Florida Grasses

When you think of grass in Florida, there are some typical types of grass you think about, but you might not realize their names or the benefits and downsides to each of these grasses. The most common type of turfgrass in Florida is St. Augustine Grass . Native to the Mediterranean coast and Gulf of Mexico, this grass is commonly used in Florida, Texas, and other areas of the southern United States as it is adaptable to warm and humid conditions, and can easily be established by planting sod. It...

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J. Ruebush 6/20/2012 Comments(0)

Keeping Up with your Sod for Summer

While sod is easy to install and looks great in your yard, you must remember that it is a perishable product, and still requires some maintenance after the initial installation. In the first few weeks after installing sod, make sure to use the area sparingly so that good root establishment can take place, avoiding concentrated activities, dog traffic, or rough usage for up to four weeks after installation in order to make sure enough time has passed to prevent unevenness and gaps. Also make sure...

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J. Ruebush 6/13/2012 Comments(0)

Adding Sod to Your Lawn this Summer

If you have decided to purchase new sod for your lawn this summer, congrats! You are on your way to a great and luscious yard that you will be able to enjoy for years to come. In order to make your lawn look good, though, there are some tips for taking care of new sod. It took a lot of time, energy, and money to install your sod, so you will want to treat it properly. The most important first element is watering. You should water your sod on a regular basis so that the roots can establish themse...

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J. Ruebush 5/24/2012 Comments(0)

Advantages of Sod Over Seeding Your Yard

As summer kicks into high gear, you want to spend more time outside. Therefore, you want your yard to be in tip-top shape so you can enjoy it - whether for an afternoon BBQ or for your children to run around and play games. Sod can be a great option to create a lush and quick option to get your yard ready for the outdoor season. There are some advantages and disadvantages to using sod instead of just seeding your yard. In general, sodding the yard is more expensive than seeding, but in the long ...

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J. Ruebush 5/18/2012 Comments(0)

Empire Turf Winter Care Maintenance

If you have decided to add Empire grass to your lawn, you have to make sure you understand the proper watering, mowing, and fertilizing techniques to keep your lawn fresh and green throughout the year. No matter what the season, water is needed whenever slight wilting is visible; usually one inch of water a week is sufficient during drought conditions to keep the grass looking healthy. You have to make sure not to overwater, though, as this can encourage the grass to experience excessive growth,...

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Julie Ruebush 3/28/2012 Comments(0)

Early Spring Lawn Care - Get a Jump Start

Wow time is flying by! It is time once again, at least in the south, to start looking to your lawn. Spring is just around the corner so getting a jump start on it can help give you a greener healthier lawn! Weeds! The bane of all lawn owners’ existence! This year get a jump on them by applying either an organic or synthetic herbicide. Remember, herbicides work by preventing weeds from germinating but doesn’t destroy weeds already up and growing. Even if you can’t see weeds righ...

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2/9/2012 Comments(0)

What is Eating My Lawn?

We all work hard on our lawns - mowing, watering, weeding, fertilizing and yet one day you look out over your yard and something is wrong! There is a brown spot in your yard and the next time you look there is another. What is eating your lawn? In Florida the more we work to get our yard green the more we invite pests in for a smorgasbord! Yes these bugs lie in wait until all our hard work has paid off so they can feast on the fruits of our labor. Pests, like chinch bugs , can seriously damage S...

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7/27/2011 Comments(1)

Set Your Mower Height for Your Specific Grass Type

Ok – you have had your new sod laid, it has taken root and it is time to mow. Simple right? Not necessarily. Each type of grass needs to have the mower set at a specific height in order to ensure it stays healthy. In the Florida heat, cutting your lawn grass too short can damage and even kill it. The following is a guide for grass types on when to mow and where to set your mower: Common Bermuda and Zoysia , set your mower at 1 ¼ and mow when the grass is 1 ¾ inch tall. Hybrid Ber...

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Staff 6/14/2011 Comments(0)