🌞 Hello summer! The heat is on and the lure of backyard pools is strong.
Don't Let Fun Times Fizzle Your Lawn
There's nothing like an inflatable water slide or pool to keep the kids happy most of the day (or yourself after gardening in this heat!). And yet . . . you want to keep that lawn of yours in tip-top shape. We've got your back with pro tips in our article about how to care for your lawn during summertime fun.
Read Tips on Inflatables, Fireworks, & Tents During Summer >>
Time to Topdress Warm Season Lawns
It's still a great time to aerate warm season lawns. Use a core aerator, then topdress with Soil³ compost to add nutrition and improve the soil.
Do you have a bumpy lawn and are looking for a way to fix that? We recommend topdressing with our Level Mix, a blend of sand and Soil³ to fill in the small holes, divots, and depressed areas.
Insecticide & Fertilizer Tips
- 🐛 Fall armyworms are a pervasive insect threat to lawns every summer, starting in July. We recommend our 5-10-30 + Acelepryn insecticide for Zoysia and Bermuda lawns. Order 5-10-30 + Acelepryn for pick up or delivery or check out our Lawn Coach subscription.
- 🐛 These fall armyworms adore tender, new sod that has recently been installed. Hey, we like it too! 🌱 But we don't eat it up. If you've recently laid sod, we especially recommend spreading 5-10-30 + Acelepryn as insurance. It lasts 30-45 days, depending on weather conditions so keep in mind that you will need to reapply it at least once more this summer.
- If you don't feel the need to apply insurance, I mean fertilizer, that includes Acelepryn insecticide, then we recommend regular 5-10-30 or topdressing with Soil³ compost to replace July's fertilizer application.
Read the Best Times to Apply Fertilizer >>
- Your TifBlair Centipede should be fertilized with very little nitrogen fertilizer. We have our own special formulation just for it with lower nitrogen: Centipede Formulation 5-10-30 + Iron. You can skip it this month and wait to apply it in August - pick one month or the other. That's all it will need. Order 5-10-30 for pick up or delivery or check out our Lawn Coach subscription.
Read Fertilizer Tips for Your Centipede Lawn >>
- Topdressing with Soil³ can take the place of one fertilizer application. We recommend you aerate at the same time. If you have a new lawn, don't aerate until it's fully rooted - we recommend waiting until it's had one growing season to establish and the seams are filled in.
Read How to Aerate Your Lawn >>
- The window for pre-emergent herbicide has closed until September and we're now in the season of post-emergent herbicide in warm season lawns: You can apply post-emergent liquid herbicides like Quincept and 3-Way Max for weeds you can see now in established lawns. Read the label and follow instructions.
👍 Rule of Thumb: It's okay to apply a post-emergent liquid herbicide labeled for warm season lawns (Quincept and 3-Way Max) after you've mowed your new lawn 3 to 4 times.
- Pulling by Hand: When you see a few weeds, just pull them up. Sometimes a hand trowel is helpful to get them up by their roots.
- Mowing: Mow those weeds down before they go to seed. Mowing is an effective way to suppress weeds because it cuts off flower/seed heads and that stops weeds from making more weeds, thus breaking the life cycle. If you have bad weeds, mow on a weekly routine and don't let the weeds get ahead of you.
- Mulch suppresses weed seeds in flower beds. Spread your favorite mulch 2-4" thick and keep it 1-2" away from touching the trunks or stems of your plants.
- Crabgrass is in season! It's crawling all over the place. Read how to get rid of it in your lawn and flower beds: July Weed of the Month: Crabgrass
Everybody knows the name crabgrass, but many don't know what to do about it. Walk with us through the weed patch to discuss crabgrass and what to do about this common weed.
Regular mowing is making a difference in lawns throughout the land. For some types of lawns, regular mowing means once a week rather than every other week. A customer told me that their lawn guy mowed their Bermuda grass only twice a month, so they took matters into their own hands and started mowing in the off weeks. I got a call saying, "Our lawn has never looked this good!" All it took was plenty of water and regular mowing.
Read André's blog where he'll teach you the 7 Tips to Mow Your Lawn Like a Super-Sod Boss.
Here are your specific Bermuda, Zoysia, and Centipede mowing tips for June:
- Mowing New Sod: Did you lay new sod? Our saying is to "mow as soon as there is something to mow." In fact, mowing will promote growth! So don't be timid. Mow it! Read: How Soon Should I Cut My Grass?
- Mowing Height: There is a healthy range for each type of lawn. Do you know the best height for your lawn? Look them up at: Summer Mowing for Warm Season Grasses
- Robotic mowers will mow 24/7 if you want them to. Read more of the reasons why we love them.
Come back next month for August's Lawn Tips for Warm Season lawns!
If you have a Tall Fescue lawn (the best cool season lawn for the Southeast), here are our July Lawn Tips for Tall Fescue.
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