William "Bill" Doty

Prepare Your Lawn and Gardens for the Winter

Florida’s winter officially begins in November.

During this time it’s important to help keep our lawns as strong as possible.  A good tip is to overseed poor lawns with ryegrass. 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 ryegrass or other overseeding.  Remember to feed and water consistently – i.e. fertilize every 6 to 8 weeks. 

It’s time for the most important fertilization of the year. For a green lawn this winter and quick take-off next spring, feed it now.  A combination of weed and feed may be advisable, especially if your lawn is weedy. Winterizer fertilizer would follow 2to 4 weeks later.

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 gardens need immediate attention.  With these great tips, you are sure to have a great looking lawn waiting for you in the spring.   


Bio: William R. (Bill) Doty, is the owner of Doty’s Farm and Garden Supply Inc. Founded in 1954, Doty Farm and Garden Supply, Inc. has been there for every one of their loyal customer’s budding needs.  Bill Graduated from Winter Haven H.S. and then Florida State University, Bill learned invaluable lessons in listening, asking questions, and reading anything related to the family business and shares his knowledge with his customers daily and our readers each month.

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