The heat is on! June is the month to start aerating warm season lawns. Use a core aerator, then topdress with Soil³ compost to add nutrition and improve the soil.
Do you have a bumpy lawn and are looking for a way to fix that? We recommend topdressing with our Level Mix, a blend of sand and Soil³ to fill in the small holes, divots, and depressed areas.
💦 How to Care for Your Lawn When it's Hot
Warm season grasses are made for hot summers! These grasses, such as Bermuda, Centipede, and Zoysia, are from hot climates in Asia and Africa. They can withstand the baking heat of the Deep South, no problem.
It’s not soaring heat that causes warm season lawns to struggle, it’s lack of water. In fact, if you’re watering correctly, you shouldn’t see any signs of heat stress in your warm season lawn.
Armed with the tips in the link below, we encourage you to become a student of your lawn and learn the way of the sprinkler.
🌳 How to Lay Sod Around Trees
Shannon Hathaway, one of our installation consultants, is a pro at determining if sod will work in any given situation. A question she often gets is, "How close to the trees can we plant grass?" The answer is complicated and technical, so she breaks it down in her latest blog post.
Fertilizing Tips for Warm Season Lawns
- Our Total Lawn Food 16-4-8 + Iron is what you want for Zoysia lawns and Bermuda lawns. Order fertilizer for pick up or delivery 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. Order 5-10-30 for pick up or delivery or check out our Lawn Coach subscription.
Read Fertilizer Tips for Your Centipede Lawn >>
- Topdressing with Soil³ can take the place of one fertilizer application. We recommend you aerate at the same time. If you have a new lawn, don't aerate until it's fully rooted - we recommend waiting until it's had one growing season to establish.
Read How to Aerate Your Lawn >>
Mower Tips for Warm Season Lawns
Here are your specific Bermuda, Zoysia, and Centipede mowing tips for June:
- Mowing New Sod: Did you lay new sod? Our saying is to "mow as soon as there is something to mow." In fact, mowing will promote growth! So don't be timid. Mow it! Read: How Soon Should I Cut My Grass?
- Mowing Height: There is a healthy range for each type of lawn. Do you know the best height for your lawn? Look them up at: Summer Mowing for Warm Season Grasses
- You'll see Automower robotic mowers working behind André in his video because they make such a big difference in lawn quality and in personal lifestyle (more free time!). Read more of the reasons why we love Automowers.
Getting Rid of Weeds in Warm Season Lawns
- The window for pre-emergent herbicide has closed and we're now in the season of post-emergent herbicide in warm season lawns: You can apply post-emergent liquid herbicides like Quincept and 3-Way Max for weeds you can see now in established lawns. Read the label and follow instructions.
👍 Rule of Thumb: It's okay to apply a post-emergent liquid herbicide labeled for warm season lawns (Quincept and 3-Way Max) after you've mowed your new lawn 3 to 4 times.
- Pulling by Hand: When you see a few weeds, just pull them up. Sometimes a hand trowel is helpful to get them up by their roots.
- Mowing: Mow those weeds down before they go to seed. Most winter weeds are going to seed & summer weeds are sprouting so get out there with your mower today! Mowing is an effective way to suppress weeds because it cuts off flower/seed heads and that stops weeds from making more weeds, thus breaking the life cycle. If you have bad weeds, mow on a weekly routine and don't let the weeds get ahead of you.
- A robotic lawn mower will mow for you when you'd rather not be out in the heat.
- Mulch suppresses weed seeds in flower beds. Spread your favorite mulch 2-4" thick and keep it 1-2" away from touching the trunks or stems of your plants.
- White clover loves lawns more than any other type of clover - which isn't so bad because (did you know?) it fixes nitrogen! Read how to get rid of it if that's the route you want to take: June Weed of the Month: White Clover
There are many types of clover, but white clover is the common clover in lawns throughout the South.
Come back next month for July's Lawn Tips for Warm Season lawns!
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