Learning how to spot Armyworms will help you solve a lot of problems with your plants (your lawn is a plant too). A customer pointed out they saw them in their trees! I have too, but was in denial about it. Please scout daily and don't ignore them. Sometimes you can even hear them chewing. Read about the other signs to look for in our Fall Armyworm article.
- Pre-emergent weed control will start next month. Hold off until we give you the green light in September. However, it's not a bad idea to put it on your shopping list to have this product on hand. We have it in stock.
- Mowing is a no-brainer for suppressing weeds. 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 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!
- Now is still the time for post-emergent weed control. We stock Trimec post-emergent herbicides to apply directly to weeds that you see now. Come by your local Super-Sod for products.
- Spray crabgrass when it is young because it's hard to kill when it is mature.
- Spray Trimec only on established turf that is rooted and has been mowed a minimum of three times.
- Mulch is a time-tested trick for suppressing weeds in flower beds. Spread it 2-4" thick and keep it 1-2" away from touching the trunks or stems of your plants.
- Hand weeding while chatting with a friend or family member is relaxing and pulling weeds up by their roots is satisfying. Hand weeding is therapy!
Tall Fescue Lawns
- Hold off fertilizing Tall Fescue until September. Because of the ubiquitous nature of Brown Patch, we recommend that you do not fertilize Tall Fescue all summer, through August. Fertilization increases the likelihood of a Brown Patch infestation.
>> Learn about the best time to fertilize your lawn.
- Continue to apply fungicide to your Tall Fescue lawn all through summer. We carry fungicide in our stores.
>> Read up on applying preventative fungicide on Tall Fescue.
- Water! Be sure to adequately water Tall Fescue throughout these hot months, and remember to always water in the morning. Watering late in the evenings or at night promotes disease because water stays on the leaves too long.
- 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.
- Aerating and compost topdressing Tall Fescue lawns is not recommended during the summer. Do not aerate or compost topdress Tall Fescue lawns until September. Stay tuned for overseeding packages that we'll announce next month.
Warm Season Lawns
- August is the month for final fertilization of your warm season lawn (Zoysia, Bermuda, Centipede).
- Our Total Lawn Food 16-4-8 + Iron is what you want for Zoysia lawns and Bermuda lawns.
>> 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.
>> Read Fertilizer Tips for Your Centipede Lawn
- All types of warm season lawns benefit from topdressing with Soil3. This rich compost will replace one fertilizer application and "counts" as organic lawn care. Read about it in the next section.
- If you need to apply Lime to raise the pH, we have conveniently packaged limestone in stock.
>> Read about the importance of soil pH in your lawn
- Soil Test Note: Always apply fertilizer and lime based on soil tests. You may need less than you assume! Testing is not expensive and we've even provided a tutorial for you.
>> Learn how to take a soil sample
Compost Topdressing your Lawn with Soil3
There's still time to roll out the compost spreaders and nourish your warm season lawn. Soil3 provides natural nutrients to your grass while improving the ground it grows in. We rent two different types. Not sure which one is for you? >> Read about the compost spreaders.
Automower = Lawn Perfection. No Sweat!
Here we are, in the "dog days" of Summer. These hot August days can be absolutely unbearable, especially when there is a lawn to be mowed. With an Automower robotic lawn mower, you don't have to dread mowing in this hot time of the year.
With a robotic mower, you can go on vacation and it will continue to mow every day, thereby keeping your lawn at the exact height you want it. That’s one less thing to do when you get home from your vacay.
Robotic lawn mowers can be controlled from the convenience of your home or the beach, all from a simple mobile app. No fuss. No sweat... just lawn perfection.
Beat the heat during these dog days. Stop by one of our locations to learn more today!
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