Are you seeing a lot of winter weeds?
If you're seeing a lot of winter weeds this year it's because the high amount of rainfall has leached your fall application of pre-emergent herbicide from the area. Sometimes the weeds may be rather tall - the best solution for this situation is to get your mower out of winter storage and mow down the weeds. This technique applies to both actively growing tall fescue and dormant warm seasons lawns. Yes, mow your dormant lawn if it has weed problems.
Read all our March weeding tips & more . . .
- 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 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.
- 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 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.
- What are pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides? We explain it in our blog post, What's the Difference?
- 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.
- Better yet, get an Automower robotic lawn mower and let it mow your lawn instead.
Automower on a Dormant Warm Season Lawn
Nothing much to mow except the weeds. A robotic mower is clean and quiet weed control. Now's a great time to get one going on your lawn. We offer installation services.
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.
Warm Season Lawns
Still not much going on here, but did you know it's fine to lay dormant sod during winter?
- Do not fertilize or aerate warm-season lawns in the winter (March); wait until spring after the grass has greened up again.
- Avoid "weed and feed" and "winterizer" marketing. Whatever you do, don't apply nitrogen this time of year when your warm season lawn is dormant. We stock the proper pre-emergents for the "weed" part and come back in April for the "feed" part.
- Although it seems counter-intuitive, it's fine to install most dormant warm-season grasses at this time of year. Follow this link for more information or call us with any questions.
Tall Fescue Lawn Tips
Existing Elite Tall Fescue Lawn Tips
- Fertilize Existing Fescue Lawns: Stop in to pick up 16-4-8 fertilizer for spreading on established Elite Tall Fescue lawns through the cool growing season.
- Along with fertilization, you may need 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. Balanced soil pH is critical for your grass to be able to use the nutrients supplied by your fertilizer.
- 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, greener lawn. We'll deliver it in a 1 cubic yard BigYellowBag (on sale now!).
- We recommend renting our compost spreader to make the job easier. Rental options are listed below. Learn everything about topdressing with this video. (Aerating should have been done in the autumn, but the technique for topdressing still applies.)
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
- Mowing Tall Fescue Seedlings: The first time to mow your new lawn (at a 2.5-3" cut height) is when the seedlings reach 3-4" tall. In fact, mowing will promote growth! So don't be timid. Mow it!
- Automower: Automower robotic lawn mowers now come in a high cut version.
- Continue to mow your established Tall Fescue lawn as needed throughout the winter at 2.5-3" cut height.
The window has closed for seeding Elite Tall Fescue lawns, but it's still wide open for laying Elite Tall Fescue sod! Contact your local store for a quote.
Compost Topdressing Fescue with Soil³
Now's the time to topdress Fescue with compost. Our compost provides natural nutrients to your grass while improving the ground it grows in.
We rent two different types of spreader. Not sure which is for you? >> Choose a compost spreader
Call us at 888-360-1125 to reserve a spreader at your local Super-Sod.