September Lawn Tips

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Zoysia, Bermuda, and Centipede Tips

  • We're sure you want a weed-free lawn this winter so we're writing to remind you it's time to apply pre-emergent weed control to your established warm-season lawn. We recommend pre-emergent with no nitrogen for warm season lawns at this time of year. Stop in for a bag of pre-emergent.
  • Fungicide: Zoysia, Bermuda, and Centipede lawns get an application of fungicide in October (once soil temps lower to 70 degrees) to help reduce the possibility of Large Patch. Remember an ounce of prevention in the fall is cheaper and easier than curing Large Patch in the spring! Come by the store for fungicide! 
  • Do not fertilize or aerate warm-season lawns in the fall; wait until spring.
  • Let your Automower Robotic Lawn Mower do the work for you AND maintain a better lawn than you or I possibly could using any other mower. This little robot is a game changer, read why.

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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 send pictures to the NC State Turf Pathology Lab.

  • 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. We have 5-10-30 fertilizer that will help clear up Bipolaris, so stop in for a bag.
  • 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 >>

  

Fall Insect Control 

  • 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. Come by your local store for spittlebug products! Treat for this damaging insect immediately after seeing them.

  

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Elite Tall Fescue Tips 

As temperatures drop, it's time for Fescue (a cool-season grass) to thrive and get some attention.

  • Overseed with our Elite Tall Fescue blend of dark green, disease-resistant, and drought-tolerant Tall Fescue varieties. 
  • Aerate & Topdress Fescue Lawns with Soil3. Why Soil3? It's organic humus compost that qualifies for certified organic lawn care, plus it adds nutrients and beneficial microorganisms for a stronger, healthier lawn. We'll deliver it in a 1 cubic yard BigYellowBag. We recommend renting our compost spreader to make the job easier.
    Learn everything about aerating & topdressing with this video >>
  • Get instant impact with Elite Tall Fescue sod, available as a single roll or in full pallets. Request a free sod quote here.
  • Caution: if you're overseeding Tall Fescue or starting a new Tall Fescue lawn from seed, don't apply fall pre-emergent herbicide.

 

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