Achieving a beautiful yard is all about taking the right steps to keep it healthy and prevent problems from arising wherever possible. Following a weed and feed schedule for your lawn will pay off down the line.
Following each step laid out at the appropriate time of year will help to remedy potential turf problems. Treating and preventing weeds and pests will keep your lawn looking its best by working on it all year round.
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 in the right amount. Otherwise, you could end up with a mediocre lawn that isn’t properly nourished.
Over-fertilization can cause random patches of long grass, giving your lawn an uneven look. Yet, Under-fertilization can result in a thin grass bed that’s vulnerable to weeds and diseases. Applying fertilizer in the right amount will keep your lawn healthy, lush, and resilient.
Using a soil analysis test kit, or taking a sample of your soil to your local lawn care professional, can be really helpful. The test will help determine what nutrients your soil is lacking. Based on this knowledge, you will know which mix of fertilizer to use for your yard.
The healthiest lawns are fertilized 2-4 times per year: fall, summer, early spring, and late spring. This schedule depends largely on your grass type and soil type, as the fertilizer application should match your lawn’s needs without providing an excess of nitrogen or other minerals.
Pre and Post-Emergents For Weed Control
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 plantains.
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, 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 to kill sprouted weeds. Note that some selective post-emergent will not harm foliage other than the target weed, while non-selective products 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.