Newbie with a Florida lawn...help?
My husband and I recently took a relocation to Florida from British Columbia and needless to say, the learning curve for gardening and lawn care has been steep! I've been reading through the forums here and found almost an overabundance of info and now I've found myself a little overwhelmed! One thing I know for sure is that I'd prefer to stay away from the slippery slope of chemicals.
Our lot is 1 acre and just by guessing, I'd say that our lawn takes up at least 1/2 if not 2/3 of the acre. It's a pretty good looking lawn so far. Besides watering and mowing, we haven't made any steps to maintain it's health. I'm most certain that it was maintained chemically before we moved in.
Here's a little more info...
St. Augustine in the back
Zoysia in the front
Watering 45 mins, 2 times per week plus the rains (probably too much)
Mowing once a week but I'm wondering if we're mowing too short because there is quite a "blanket" of cut grass that's left behind. Is this okay?
There are a few weeds popping up and some dry thatched spots that need help. I've raked up the thatch and pulled some of the weeds and I'm hoping that the grass will soon take over.
The soil smells good, it's sandy with dirt mixed in.
I'd like to use either Milorganite or alfalfa pellets on Labor Day weekend. Which route would be my best bet to keep our lawn healthy? Is there anything else I should consider to maintain a lush lawn?
We have quite a nice exposure to the rest of the neighborhood and I'd like to keep the grass looking good.
Any suggestions are more than welcome!
Thank you so much.