EVERY YEAR, it seems to take longer and longer for the parched months of March, April, and May to pass before the rain we need finally arrives. Now that we are still in the thick of the dry season, we have some tips to help keep your yard and plants looking the way they should.
One of the first things you may want to do is check the sprinkler heads around the lawn. It is essential to have all of your irrigation equipment operating as it should during this time period. If you have a malfunctioning sprinkler head or a broken pipe, your entire watering zone may be affected.
Also, it’s important to pay attention to what your lawn is telling you. If you have your watering times set and managed, yet there are still patches of brown or discolored grass, it’s time to water more. Around ninety percent of all turf, plant, and ag issues that you may be experiencing are related to drought conditions.
Another quick tip is to hold off on calling the pest control service because of brown spots during this time of year. It is a better idea to wait for the rain to return and rule out the dry environment as the culprit.
column by EVAN QUINN
BIO: Evan Quinn is a native Floridian who went to Winter Haven High School. While growing up, he learned hard work and customer service from his labor on the family’s poultry operation. He has operated Quinn and Company Land Services, Citrus Nursery Management, and Central Florida Pest Management for the past 11 years.