Hot Weather Mowing Tips
Put mowing on the top of your to-do list!
Grass is growing in full glory and the weekly rainstorms make 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 July Lawn Tips
It's high summer and high time to be enjoying that lawn. Here are your July tips to keep your lawn looking perfect.
It's HOT - Water your lawn!
- Watering Established 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 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.
Instructions on how to Water New Sod >>
- Watering Established Tall Fescue: Provide at least 1" of water a week, maybe up to 2".
- Watering New Tall Fescue Sod: We advise against laying Tall Fescue in the summer months. Wait until September to lay Tall Fescue sod.
- 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 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 >>
- Stop fertilizing Tall Fescue lawns for the summer; resume again in the fall. We'll let you know when.
Summer Disease Alert
- You received our weather change alert in June about prime conditions for Bipolaris, a lawn disease triggered by constant moisture on leaves and high nitrogen fertilization. If you're seeing signs of this disease in your lawn, learn more in this Bipolaris blog post.
- In rainy areas, we're getting calls about Dollar Spot on warm season lawns. Thankfully this is easy to treat with an application of fertilizer because Dollar Spot is a disease caused by low fertility. We have 16-4-8 + Iron in stock, but if you have something with Nitrogen (example: the first number in, say, a bag of 10-10-10) go ahead and apply that. Note: Dollar Spot is rarely ever seen on Centipede lawns.
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 monthly habit of applying fungicide throughout the growing season.
Conversely to Dollar Spot above, Brown Patch can be augmented by too much fertility, so back off on fertilizer if you're seeing it.
For Tall Fescue, it's best to take preventative action and apply fungus control for the duration of the summer months. The high temperatures and rainy weather can cause Fescue fungus issues - better treated now than later. Typically, preventative applications are made at 14 to 30 day intervals, depending upon the fungicide.We sell fungicide products.
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: Fall Armyworms (FAW) are back in full force this year. Though their name suggests they hold off until the fall, we're already seeing summer reports of FAW in newly installed lawns.
FAW can devastate your lawn. When you see them, treat your lawn immediately. They can cause devastating damage to new turf within 24 hours! Scout your lawn daily.
Keep an eye out for their eggs and if you start to see damage like a "front line," arm yourself with pesticides against these marching larvae/caterpillars/"worms."
We have products in stock to treat fall armyworms.
Read our blog on Identifying and Treating Fall Armyworms.
- 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!
Summer Weed Control
- It's too late to apply pre-emergent herbicides to stop spring and summer weeds from germinating. The weed seeds have already germinated, even if you can't see them. 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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