Following a weed and feed schedule for your lawn will pay off down the line. By following each step laid out at the appropriate time of year will help to remedy potential turf problems. Treating and preventing weeds, pests will keep your lawn looking its best by working on it all year round.
States With Warm Season Grasses.
Common Warm Season Grass Types: Bermudagrass, St. Augustinegrass, Zoysiagrass
Following a Lawn Care Schedule
It’s important to apply fertilizer at the right time of year and at the right amount, otherwise you will end up with a mediocre lawn. Over-fertilization can cause random patches of long grass, giving your lawn an uneven look. Fertilization helps to keep your lawn healthy and maintain that desired green color. Under-fertilization can result in less full looking lawns, as well as facilitate weeds and disease to take hold.
Using a soil analysis test kit or taking a sample of your soil to your local cooperative extension to be analyzed. Determine what nutrients your soil is lacking based of this test. The healthiest lawns are fertilized 2-4 times per year, fall, summer, early spring and late spring.
Ugly weeds can break up the color and texture of your lawn. Once weeds move in, they take nutrients and water away from your grass. This can result in a thinned out lawn. Weeds are generally split into two categories.
- Grassy Weeds – Perennial grassy weeds are considered to be the most difficult weed problems to deal with in lawns.
- Broadleaf Weeds – Broadleaf weeds are easily identified in the lawn because they do not resemble grass. Examples of broadleaf weeds include dandelions, chickweed, and plantain.
Pre and Post-Emergents For Weed Control
Pre-emergent products kill weeds before they are able to grow above the soil. Timing is very important! Apply pre-emergents just before the soil reaches 55+ degrees, just before the seeds begin to germinate in the soil. Please follow the product label for mowing restrictions prior to and after herbicide applications as mowing can negatively impact the efficacy of the herbicide.
You can choose many different types of post-emergent products kill already-growing weeds. Note that some selective post-emergent will not harm foliage other than the target weed. While non-selective will kill any plant it comes in contact with, including your grass. Please be refer to the product label for mowing restrictions prior to and after herbicide applications. Using a post emergent can be used as early as April in warm regions.