Spring Transition

Warm season lawns are greening up, while cool season lawns like Tall Fescue are transitioning to summer growing conditions too. That means it's time for some lawn care again!

Read all our April weeding tips & more . . .

KEEP Weeding

Are you seeing a lot of spring weeds?

If you're seeing a lot of spring weeds this year it's because the high amount of rainfall has leached your winter 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 warm seasons lawns; even if your warm season lawn is just greening up and doesn't need mowing yet - yes, mow those weeds anyway!

  • 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.
  • Hand Weeding: Are you quarantined and need an excuse to get exercise? Try hand weeding for therapy and exercise - take your frustrations out on those weeds!
  • 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? 

 

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

Mower Tips

  • 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.

Featuring the All Wheel Drive Automower

This beauty is for tough terrain and slopes up to 35 degrees. We are able to install Automowers from a socially safe distance.

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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.

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Warm Season Lawns

  • Prepare to fertilize your warm season lawn (Zoysia, Bermuda, Centipede) after it has fully greened up. In many areas, soil temperatures are warm enough to fertilize the warm-season grasses (soil temps should be above 65 degrees).
  • 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 

Tall Fescue Lawn Tips

Existing Elite Tall Fescue Lawn Tips 
  • Stop Fertilizing Fescue lawns for summer.
  • With warmer weather approaching, it's time to stock up on fungicide for your tall fescue lawns. We carry fungicide in our stores.
    >> Read about fungicide on Tall Fescue
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 for a couple more weeks! Contact your local store for a quote.

 

Featuring the High Cut Automower

It's made for the tall cut height of Tall Fescue. This enthusiastic owner has two robotic lawn mowers to take care of their large Tall Fescue lawn. See the other one in the background?

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Topics: Elite Tall Fescue, Monthly Lawn Care Tips, Topdressing, Warm Season Turfgrass, weed prevention

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