Although we are all eagerly anticipating the change of seasons, it is definitely still summer! Read our late summer tips for your warm season and Tall Fescue lawns as well as an alert about fall armyworms...

Warm Season Lawns

(Zoysia, Bermuda, Centipede)
  • This is the last month to apply fertilizer to your warm season lawn.
  • 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
  • We now have 5-10-30 + Iron + Acelepryn for control of fall armyworms and grubs. With the low nitrogen (the 5 in 5-10-30), this fertilizer is safe for all warm seasons lawns and even Tall Fescue this time of year. More about fall armyworms in our alert below.
  • 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 

How High Should You Mow Your Lawn?

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


Fall Armyworm Alert

They are on the march now! Learn the signs, scout daily, and act quickly if you see them. Read what to look for in our Fall Armyworm article.

Are you like us and would rather go the preventative route? We now stock 5-10-30 fertilizer, plus Acelepryn insecticide, for preventative control of fall armyworms and grubs. Come by for 50 pound bags.

5-10-30 Acelepryn fertilizer bag

Watering Tip for All Lawns 💦

There have been a lot of afternoon and evening thunderstorms that contribute to disease due to water on the leaf blades throughout the night. If we go into a dry spell and you need to water your lawn, be sure to water it in the morning (not the evening), to help mitigate diseases.

>> Read How and When to Water Your Lawn

All Wheel Drive Robotic Lawn Mowers 🗻

This cool robotic lawn mower tackles 35 degree slopes and tough terrain.

>>Research Automower and Schedule an Installation


KEEP Weeding

Same tips as last month. Next month, in mid-September, is when pre-emergent herbicide is applied.

  • 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 it 2-4" thick and keep it 1-2" away from touching the trunks or stems of your plants.
  • Hand Weeding. Try hand weeding for therapy and exercise - take your frustrations out on those weeds! Don't forget to bring your favorite beverage. It can sit on the lawn right beside you. Listening to podcasts is good weeding companionship too.
  • 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. 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.
  • Pre-emergent Herbicide Next Month: In mid-September it will be time for pre-emergent herbicides to kill winter weeds before they germinate. It's not time yet. 
  • What are pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides? We explain it in our blog post, What's the Difference? 
  • Pro Tip for All Herbicides: Don’t apply during the heat of the day. Apply in the morning before temperatures rise above 80 degrees.


Yellow Spreader

This high quality spreader can be picked up at our store for $129.99.

It's for spreading granular products like fertilizer, lime, and herbicides.

We have developed a settings guide for our yellow spreader.

spreader on grass

Tall Fescue Lawn Tips

This is a cool season lawn so gets its own section. Next month is September and that's when changes happen to the Tall Fescue routine.

Existing Elite Tall Fescue Lawn Tips 
  • Stop Fertilizing Fescue lawns for summer.
  • The above point is typically true, but we now have 5-10-30 + Iron + Acelepryn for control of fall armyworms and grubs. With the low nitrogen (the 5 in 5-10-30), this fertilizer is safe for Tall Fescue this time of year. In case you missed it, scroll back up to read our alert about fall armyworms.
  • During the warm months, such as this month, it's time to apply fungicide for your Tall Fescue lawns. We carry fungicide in our stores.
    >> Read about fungicide on Tall Fescue
  • Overseeding Tall Fescue lawns begins again next month. We'll send info in our September tips.
    • 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.
    • If you plan to plant Tall Fescue seed, don't apply a pre-emergent herbicide.
New & Overseeded Elite Tall Fescue Lawn Tips
  • POST-Emergent Herbicide on NEW Fescue: If you planted a brand new Fescue lawn from seed and in the process tilled up existing soil, you've probably kicked up weed seeds and exposed them to the light. As a result, the seeds are probably now germinating alongside your Fescue seedlings. We have herbicides in stock.
  • Here's a rule of thumb: It's okay to apply a post-emergent herbicide labeled for use on Tall Fescue lawns after you've mowed your lawn 3 to 4 times. Come by for products!

Mowing Tall Fescue

  • It's still summer, so we recommend setting your Tall Fescue mow height taller, at 3 to 3.5" tall. When it cools off in the autumn, you can set your mow height back down at 2.5 to 3" tall.


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Topics: Elite Tall Fescue, fall armyworms, Monthly Lawn Care Tips, Warm Season Turfgrass

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