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Follow these suggestions for a healthy, happy lawn:
Mow at the highest height for your grass species. For St. Augustine grass and Bahia grass, this is 3.5–4 inches. If you have St. Augustine grass "dwarf" cultivars 'Delmar' or 'Seville', mow at 2–2.5 inches. Mow centipede grass at 1–2 inches.
Never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at any one time. Cutting too much of the leaf blade can stress your lawn and leave it susceptible to insect or disease invasion. If you miss a mowing session, raise the mower height and bring the grass back down to the recommended level gradually over the next few mowing sessions.
Leave grass clippings on the lawn. They do not contribute to thatch, and actually return a small amount of fertility and organic matter back to the lawn.
Keep your mower blades sharp. Dull mowers tear the leaf blades. This makes the lawn look bad and leaves it susceptible to insect or disease invasion.
Do not mow your lawn when it is wet. This is dangerous for you, tough on the mower, and bad for the grass.
Irrigate less frequently. Each time you water, water for a slightly longer time. This will help train your roots to grow deeper in the soil, which will in turn make your lawn more drought tolerant. Grasses irrigated in this manner will have a better chance of surviving watering restrictions.
Turn your automatic sprinkler system to the "off" position, and turn it on when your lawn shows signs of needing irrigation. Adjust your timer seasonally. Irrigation frequency will vary depending on where you are in the state, as well as the amount of shade in the landscape, soil type, etc. For more information, please refer to How to Calibrate Your Sprinkler System. Remember that functional rain shut-off sensors are required by Florida law on all irrigation systems installed since 1991.
Irrigate your lawn as-needed, rather than on a schedule. A lawn is ready for watering when the leaf blades show at least one of the three wilt signs: when leaf blades start to fold in half lengthwise, when the grass takes on a bluish cast, or when footprints remain visible in the lawn long after being made. Irrigate when about 50 percent of the lawn shows one of these signs, unless rain is forecast in the next 24 hrs.
A healthy lawn that is properly fertilized, mowed, and irrigated will typically out compete most weeds. However, some degree of weed control is often required to supplement even the best cultural practices.
Some weeds can be chemically controlled after they have emerged. Others, particularly grassy weeds, are better controlled pre emergence. To control the weeds in your lawn before they emerge, you need to know where they are and what they are. You then need to select the right product and to apply it at the right time.
For St. Augustine grass lawns, atrazine is a commonly used herbicide for control of many broadleaf weeds. Be careful not to apply atrazine when temperatures are high (greater than 85º) because it may injure the grass.