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Things are heating up for Southeastern lawn owners, and we're here to help provide some insight on the best practices for your lawn during this season of spring-to-summer transition. 

It's May and that means it's time to roll out the compost spreaders.

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Compost Topdressing Your Lawn

This warmer month is when we begin to think about fertilizing warm season lawns. Now is the time to compost topdress your Bermuda, Zoysia, or Centipede lawn with our Soil3 organic compost sold in a BigYellowBag.

This will count as one fertilizer application for the year. And it's organic lawn care! Read all about the biological benefits of compost topdressing.

Besides delivering Soil3 in a BigYellowBag, we rent out compost spreaders. 

Not sure if you need a spreader? Watch our video to determine which compost spreading option is best for topdressing your lawn.

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May Lawn Tips

Fertilizer Tips for Warm Season Lawns

  • Fertilize Zoysia, Bermuda, or Centipede lawns after they have fully greened up. 
  • Our Total Lawn Food 16-4-8 + Iron is what you want for Zenith/Leisure Time/Emerald/Zeon Zoysia lawns and TifTuf/TifGrand/Tifway Bermuda lawns.
    Read 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 Tricks for Your Centipede Lawn >>
  • For an organic lawn fertilizer solution, consider topdressing with Soil3 compost. Read about it above in the compost spreader section.

Fertilizer Tips for Elite Tall Fescue Lawns

  • Stop fertilizing Fescue for the 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 >>

Lime - it's like fertilizer, but it's not. It raises the soil pH so plant roots can better take up available nutrients.

  • If you need to apply Lime to raise the pH, we have conveniently packaged limestone in stock.
  • Soil Test Note: Always apply fertilizer and lime based on soil tests. You may need less than you assume or you may not need it at all!

Spring & Summer Weed Control

  • It's too late to apply pre-emergent herbicides to stop spring and summer weeds from germinating. The weed seeds have already germinated, even if you can't see them. Weed and Feed products at this time are a waste of money. 
  • Spring and summer are the seasons when post-emergent weed control comes into play. Come by for products!
  • Keep your lawn mowed to prevent weeds from flowering, forming seeds, and germinating all over again. Regular mowing will help to stop the weed cycle. Keep Tall Fescue tall, but mow warm season grasses short.
    Learn how Husqvarna Automower® can help you achieve a perfect lawn >>
  • Try hand weeding - a safe/organic option that will burn some calories.
  • Mulch is amazing at controlling weeds in flower/shrub beds.

More Lawn Care Tips

  • Do you have a bumpy, uneven lawn? Use our Level Mix to create a smooth lawn without dips and bumps. Applying sand/compost is often necessary to smooth newly established lawns, especially to help prevent scalping of higher sections. For this purpose we created Level Mix and deliver 1 cubic yards of it in the familiar BigYellowBag.
    See how to level create an even lawn with Level Mix >>
  • For a better looking lawn, we have Husqvarna Automower® robotic mowers. Now you can spend your time on other outdoor projects while the robot takes care of the lawn.
    Read how Automower® can prevent lawn scalping this growing season >>


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Calculating Fertilizer Rates

Calculating fertilizer application rates is just math, a simple formula. Here's a link to an explanation for you to reference when you need it.

How to Calculate Fertilizer Rates

If you are compost topdressing with Soil3 to build better soil structure and practice organic fertilization, then topdress for your first fertilizer application instead of spreading fertilizer.


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May Lawn Tips

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