GreenSource™ Landscape & Sports Turf Serving Broward, Miami Dade & Palm Beach Counties, FL
Does your athletic field still have brown patches after this winter? If you’re a school or retail center, how are your palms and landscape plants holding up?
The combination of an unseasonably heavy South Florida rainfall in December and January, as well as the colder than normal temperatures this past winter opened up landscape plants, palms and sports turf to cold injury. In a nutshell, your plants, palms and turf took a real beating this winter.
Granted, it’s frustrating to see brown when you want to see green. But rest assured, your plants and turf will bounce back with some help from Mother Nature and our professional staff at GreenSource™ Landscape and Sports Turf.
Sports Turf Rescue
It’s unusual for Bermuda, paspalum and zoysia grasses to go brown over the winter. But because of last year’s temperature extremes both grasses did go dormant.
In most cases, your zoysia and Bermuda grasses will bounce back. Matter of fact, with our warmer temperatures, you may have noticed that your athletic fields are slowly greening up. Yet, your paspalum turf may still be showing some brown.
If your paspalum sports turf hasn’t regained its green color, we’ll reduce the amount of nitrogen fertilizer applied to your fields to prevent fungal diseases. We also recommend that you limit your irrigation to prevent fungal growth. When we visit your athletic fields, we’ll apply fungicides as needed to protect your paspalum fields from a fungal outbreak.
When we visit your sports fields, we’ll help you get your turf back to a healthy, thriving condition. Here’s what you can expect from us at GreenSource™ when we evaluate your fields:
- We’ll analyze your soil by taking samples from various areas.
- We’ll evaluate the extent of winter injury to your sports turf.
- We’ll concentrate on turf that’s on slopes and facing north because those places typically suffer the most cold-season damage.
Some of our recommended approaches may be:
- Reseeding or adding sprigs or plugs
- Aerating to relieve compaction
- Verticutting to remove thatch
- Topdressing your fields for an extra boost of nutrition and a quick green up
- Universe Fraze™ mowing
- Providing other turf maintenance services to bring your Bermuda, paspalum or zoysia grass quickly back to a beautiful, lush condition.
Breathing Life Back Into Your Landscape Plants
Just like your sports turf, gardenias, orchids, crotons and other landscape plants may look droopy and brown as we move into spring. Soon, you should be seeing a rebound of life—even though there are still brown, dropping or even leafless landscape plants on your property.
Our commercial landscape maintenance department will send a crew to your office park, apartment community, HOA, corporate campus, or other commercial site to evaluate your plants for cold damage and how they’re recovering. This goes for your native trees and plants as well as any exotics and ornamental species.
After we finish our evaluation, we will:
- Supply you with our comprehensive Landscape Management Report (LMR). Our LMR provides you with a detailed analysis of your existing landscape and our experts’ recommendations to improve your property’s appearance. We create a landscape maintenance plan for your commercial property so your landscape investment looks professionally groomed while staying within your budget.
- Prune dead or brown branches, buds and leaves. This will allow more room for your plant’s springtime growth spurt. We will remove a plant if it has died due to too much precipitation and cold from this past winter.
- Fertilize your plants with the right amount of macronutrients and trace elements to help them rebound and surpass their former glory.
Like your turfgrass and landscape plants, your palms may look homely. However, they too have a good chance of returning to their former beauty with GreenSource’s™ horticulturally-sound treatment plans.
Palms are not trees and actually belong in the grass family. Unlike most of your landscape plants and trees, palms are generally slower-growing and will need more time to recuperate. With palms, you don’t have to do anything to recapture that vigor—including the removal of yellowing fronds. In fact, over-pruning palms is detrimental to the plant as the older, lower fronds on a palm are where the food is stored to support all new growth from the bud zone.
You need to make sure that your palms are adequately irrigated and that the water percolates down to the root zone while quickly draining away. Overwatering your palms or leaving them in standing water only exacerbates cold injuries and could lead to the plant’s death.
When we visit your commercial property, school or municipal park this spring, we’ll perform the following palm services:
- Complete a thorough evaluation on all of your palms. We’ll check to see if any disease, fungal or insect activity is occurring. We’ll also check specifically to see if the palm is infected with Ganoderma fungus. If we find evidence of this disease, we’ll remove the affected palm since it poses a threat to other palms on the site.
- Take off any damaged fronds once we confirm that the palm is putting out a new set of fronds from the bud zone.
- Check the bud zone and spear leaf to make sure that the heart of the palm didn’t freeze. If the spear leaf pulls out easily, that particular palm will probably not recover and will need to be removed or replaced. If there is no decay, we’ll apply a copper fungicide as a preventative measure against fungal infestation.
- Deep-root fertilize your palms to strengthen their “immune system” from disease and insect infestation. Also, the proper fertilization mixture can enable your palms to better withstand future cold snaps.
- Proactively apply copper fungicide to your remaining palms if we think they’re in danger of fungal development and growth.
If you’re a property manager, HOA or a sports turf manager in Broward, Miami Dade, or Palm Beach Counties, FL, call us at 954-385-0040 or fill out our contact form.