Before we begin this blog, we want to note that we are devastated for all those affected by the damage caused by Hurricane Ian. Although our area was not among those most impacted by the storm, our hearts are with those attempting to rebuild and salvage their personal property. While there are many things you can do to recover, none will be better than following the guidelines provided by the local authorities, and your University of Florida extension. In terms of your landscape, try to clear it of saltwater, add fertilizer, add fresh water, and get rid of as much debris as possible. In an effort to keep your landscape looking good post-recovery, we are going to go over how you can ensure a thriving landscape during the winter months.   

Make Sure Your Landscape Will Thrive This Winter: Knowing Local Weather

Know the Local Climate

Because of the demographic makeup of Florida residents, and the recent trend of people moving in, we cannot assume everyone is a seasoned citizen of our area. The climate in South Florida differs greatly from that in North Florida, where temperature changes are more extreme from summer to winter. We experience very little and have a relatively warm winter. This means that the most you need to look out for is a winter frost. This happens when air and soil temperatures drop to around 40 degrees, and combined with wind chill, can close in on freezing. While this is rare, you should take proper precautions. Use weather data to stay on top of the potential for a frost, and reduce lawn traffic during that time. If blades become brittle from the cold, the last thing you want is for them to be stepped on and perhaps break. Also keep debris off your lawn during this time, as heavy objects can imprint into the lawn. Last but not least, on the off chance a real freeze is impending, turn off your irrigation system.

Fertilize to Sustain Turf During Colder Temperatures

As South Florida experiences year-round greenery growth, you need not worry about applying fertilizer and inspiring growth at the wrong time. Feel free to engage in fertilization and add nutrients at any time throughout the year, especially in the fall. Although there will be enough for the turf to survive, the cold will still bring in a lessened amount. Adding fertilizer means adding nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium which will each contribute to a deepening of the green color, and long-term root development. 

Make Sure Your Landscape Will Thrive This Winter With MulchReplace or Restore Mulch for Insulation

Another defense against potential cold temperatures is mulch. Along with the other benefits of preventing weed growth and soil erosion, mulch acts as insulation for your soil. It keeps the soil temperature regulated, with just the right amount of heat and moisture. You cannot forget how great it looks in your landscape, and should be used on all plant beds and at tree bases. If your mulch is disorderly, there is no need for a replacement, just restore it. However, reach out to our team at Alexander’s if your situation is more dire.

Alexander’s Property Maintenance is a full-service commercial landscape company serving commercial properties in West Central Florida. We focus on quality, consistency, and reliability for all our clients. We do it right the first time. Check out our website to see what we have to offer or contact us for an estimate. Give us a call at the number listed on our website most relevant to your location.


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