April's Lawn Tips Live was filmed at Super-Sod of Cartersville, Georgia. Join our turfgrass experts Scott McElyea and Andre Martineau as they share how to care for your warm and cool season lawns. Toward the end Super-Sod's Marketing Director, Hillary Thompson, shares her knowledge about April's twin weeds of the month, dead nettle & henbit.
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Tall Fescue's Time to Shine
Tall Fescue is looking AMAZING during these perfect spring days.
- It's still a great time to lay Tall Fescue sod. Get instant impact with Elite Tall Fescue sod, available as a single roll or in full pallets. You can order sod online. However, this window will close when it warms up, so if you're needing Tall Fescue sod, now's the last chance until autumn.
- Overseeding Tall Fescue - This window has closed. To successfully seed Tall Fescue wait until autumn.
- Continue to mow as needed throughout the spring at a 2.5-3" cut height. In summer we'll remind you to raise it up again.
- Stop fertilizing Tall Fescue lawns for spring and summer (this, too, will resume in autumn).
- However, it's still okay to apply lime to neutralize the pH of your soil. Always take a soil test to confirm if you need to apply lime or fertilizer.
- With warmer weather approaching, it's time to stock up on fungicide for your tall fescue lawns. We carry fungicide in our stores or sign up for Lawn Coach and we'll stick it in the mail.
>> Read about fungicide on Tall Fescue
Warm Season Lawns
Spring is upon us, but your Bermuda, Zoysia, and Centipede lawns are probably mostly dormant. In the warmest regions of GA, NC, and SC, your lawns may have started waking up.
- Prepare to fertilize your warm season lawn (Zoysia, Bermuda, Centipede) after it has fully greened up.
- Our Total Lawn Food 16-4-8 + Iron is what you want for Zoysia lawns and Bermuda lawns. Come by for products or check out our Lawn Coach subscription.
Read the Best Times to Apply Fertilizer >>
- Your TifBlair Centipede should be fertilized with very little fertilizer. We have our own special formulation just for it with lower nitrogen: Centipede Formulation 5-10-30 + Iron. At this time we don't have a Lawn Coach subscription for Centipede because it has minimal needs.
Read Fertilizer Tips for Your Centipede Lawn >>
- Continue holding off aerating warm season lawns until they fully green up in the spring.
- Mow your weeds. If you didn't apply pre-emergent in September to stop the weeds you're seeing now, mow those weeds down. Or, turn on your Automower robotic mower to do the mowing/weeding for you.
- Gas Lawn Mower Tune-Up: Sharpen the blades, check the spark plug, clean the air filter, and check the oil and gas now so your mower is ready when you need it.
Mowing Height: There is a healthy range for each type of lawn. Do you know the best height for your lawn?
>> Read Summer Mowing for Warm Season Grasses
Better yet, get an Automower robotic lawn mower and let it mow your lawn instead.
We have an all wheel drive robot to handle the steepest slopes.
- POST-Emergent herbicide: Is an herbicide applied directly to existing, visible weeds to kill them once they have already sprouted. We stock post-emergent herbicides to apply directly to weeds that you can see now, such as henbit, dead nettle, chickweed, bittercress, and dandelions. At this time, the best method to combat weeds is to mow now and to plan ahead for winter by applying pre-emergents in September. Watch for this email at that time because we'll send a reminder.
- Mowing works well for suppressing weeds you see now. Mow to break the weed life cycle. Mowing cuts off flower/seed heads and that stops weed seeds from making more weeds. Get yourself on a weekly mowing routine and don't let the weeds get ahead of you. Better yet, a robotic lawn mower will quietly and constantly mow for you and keep the despised weeds from going to seed - It's a clean and green, weed-stopping machine!
- Mulch is a time-tested trick for suppressing weeds in flower beds. Spread bark or pine straw 2-4" thick and keep it 1-2" away from touching the trunks or stems of your plants. Rake/blow leaves off your lawn and into your beds and natural areas rather than bagging them.
- Hand Weeding - Plop yourself down on the ground and pull up some weeds. You'll feel the calming earth through your fingertips and get Vitamin D through your skin.
March's Weed of the Month
March's weed was hairy bittercress, Cardamine hirsuta. It, too, is still going strong, so learn how to ID it and pull it up fast!
February's weed of the month
February's weed was chickweed, Stellaria media. It's still going strong, so catch up on info about it while you're thinking about henbit & deadnettle.