August Mowing Advice
Summer rainstorms are still making it difficult to mow your lawn. Prioritize mowing when nature allows and mow your lawn as often as possible.
- Read this summer mowing blog for your warm season grass.
- If your grass is tall, mow higher than typical and gradually bring the height down - this will prevent scalping.
- Get an Automower robot lawn mower to do the job for you! It can still mow in the rain.
General August Lawn Tips
Yes, it's been raining. A lot. For the sake of your lawn, be consistent with watering during dry spells. Look at it today - how's it doing? Ponder about the last time it's rained. Do you need to make sure it gets some water today?
- Watering Established Warm-Season Lawns: Make sure your lawn gets at least 1" of water a week, unless you have TifTuf Bermuda, then water only when you observe stress.
- Watering Established Tall Fescue: Provide at least 1" of water a week, maybe up to 2".
Watering New Sod: Check your new sod for moisture multiple times a day. To keep new sod saturated, you may need to water daily (or twice daily) until the new sod is tacked down with new roots. More Tips on Watering New Sod >>
Start off right: water new sod as you lay it.
Tall Fescue Season is almost here!
- Prepare for overseeding Tall Fescue by cleaning up your lawn and spraying out weeds. This way, you'll have that task taken care of well before planting season and it won't be a last-minute problem to solve.
- Continue to hold off fertilizing Tall Fescue until September. Because of the ubiquitous nature of Brown Patch, we recommend holding off fertilizing Tall Fescue all summer, through August. Fertilization increases the likelihood of a Brown Patch infestation. Learn about the best time to fertilize your lawn >>
- Aerating & Compost Topdressing Tall Fescue lawns is not recommended during the summer. Do not aerate or compost topdress Tall Fescue lawns until September.
Summer Fertilization for Bermuda, Zoysia, and Centipede
- Aerating & Compost Topdressing for Fertilization of warm-season lawns: Now's still a good time to aerate and provide nutrition with our OMRI Listed Soil3 Compost.
Learn about this process >>
- It's time for the last round of fertilizer on warm season lawns. If you don't aerate and compost-topdress with Soil3 organic compost, then use one of our fertilizer blends.
Learn about our fertilizer >>
Ongoing Disease Alert
Did you know this is the third wettest season on record? We're seeing some disease pressure (as the pros say) due to all this wetness.
For best diagnosis, we recommend you submit a sample through the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service.
- Bipolaris is disease triggered by constant moisture on leaves and high nitrogen fertilization. Bermuda, Zoysia, and Centipede are subject to this disease. Learn more in this Bipolaris blog post.
- Dollar Spot on Bermuda and Zoysia lawns is a disease caused by low fertility. Thankfully this is easy to treat with an application of nitrogen. We have 16-4-8 + Iron in stock, but if you have something with Nitrogen go ahead and apply that.
See Dollar Spot pictures here >>
- Brown patch is appearing on Tall Fescue and Zoysia, too. If you've had problems with this disease in the past, this wet year is certainly a year to commit to a habit of applying fungicide. Typically, preventative fungicide applications are made at 14 to 30 day intervals, depending upon the fungicide. Come by for fungicide products!
Conversely to Dollar Spot above, Brown Patch can be augmented by too much fertility, so back off on fertilizer if you're seeing it.
See Brown Patch pictures here >>
Summer Insect Control
- Do you need to control Grubs? Come by for products!
Look at grub ID pics >>
- Scout for Sod Webworms.
Educate yourself about them here >>
- Armyworm Alert: We have products in stock to treat this pest.
Read our blog on Identifying and Treating Fall Armyworms, plus there's a new article out from the NC turfgrass department, Fall Armyworm Alert!
- Centipede Pest Warning: Two-lined spittlebugs are appearing this year in Centipede lawns thanks to a summer of excessive moisture. The culprits are easy to spot due to the spittle on your lawn and the two lines on the back of the insect.
Be on the lookout for these pests and treat quickly before they damage your Centipede. Come by your local store for spittlebug products!
Late Summer Weed Control
- It's too early to apply your round of fall pre-emergent herbicides for winter weeds and too late for summer weeds. Weed and Feed products at this time are a waste of money. However . . .
- Summer is when post-emergent weed control comes into play. Come by for products!
- Like we mentioned above, keep lawns mowed. This prevents weeds from flowering, forming seeds, and germinating all over again. Regular mowing will help to stop the weed cycle.
- Mulch in flower/shrub beds and on bare earth is AMAZING at controlling weeds.
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