William "Bill" Doty

November signals the beginning of Florida’s winter

IT’S TIME FOR the most important fertilization of the year. For a green lawn this winter and quick takeoff next spring, feed it now. A combination of weed and feed may be advisable, especially if your lawn is weedy. Winterizer fertilizer would follow two to four weeks later.

During this time, it’s important to help keep our lawns as strong as possible. A good tip is to overseed poor lawns with rye grass; however, if weed and feed has been used on your lawn, you will need to wait at least another 30 days to put out your rye grass or other overseeding. Remember to feed and water consistently — i.e., fertilize every six to eight weeks.

Also, remember to spray petunias and other annuals every week or two with a combination fungicide and insecticide to avoid damage from “damping off” blights and insects.

Another tip to keep in mind is to bank young and tender plants. Plants that are underfertilized, lacking in essential minor elements, weedy or weakened by disease or insects are more susceptible to cold damage.

With the cold months upon us, our lawns and garden need immediate attention. With these great tips, you are sure to have a great-looking lawn waiting for you in the spring.


column by WILLIAM R. “BILL” DOTY

BIO: William R. “Bill” Doty is owner of Doty Farm and Garden Supply, Inc., founded in Winter Haven in 1954. Bill graduated from Winter Haven High School and Florida State University. Growing up, he learned valuable lessons in listening and asking questions and was a student of the family business. Bill shares his knowledge with his customers daily and with readers of Central Florida Ag News monthly.

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