May's Lawn Tips Live was filmed at Super-Sod of Charlotte, NC store (located in Pineville). Join our turfgrass experts Paige Diamond and Greg Nichols as they share how to care for your warm and cool season lawns. Toward the end Super-Sod's Marketing Director, Hillary Thompson, shares her knowledge about May's weed of the month, shiny cudweed.
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Tall Fescue's Time to Shine
Tall Fescue is still looking AMAZING during these perfect spring days.
- With warmer weather ramping up, it's time to apply Headway G fungicide for your tall fescue lawns.
>> Read about fungicide on Tall Fescue
Order fungicide online for curbside pickup or direct shipment.
- Continue to mow as needed throughout the spring at a 2.5-3" cut height. In summer we'll remind you to raise it up again; if it gets much warmer before we send our June lawn tips, you may want to raise it before then.
- Stop fertilizing Tall Fescue lawns for spring and summer (this, too, will resume in autumn).
- However, it's still okay 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.
- The window has closed for planting Tall Fescue sod & seed. To successfully plant Tall Fescue, wait until autumn.
Warm Season Lawns
It's almost time for your Bermuda, Zoysia, and Centipede lawns to shine. In the warmest regions lawns are probably awake, but in cooler areas y'all may be wondering about the status of your lawn. Here's what's going on: Due to the up and down temperatures (it was in the low 30's for several nights a mere 10 days ago) many lawns have greened up then gone dormant again. Because of that incident, hang in there for 4-6 more weeks and give it time to fully green up. With that being said, here are a few tips to really help it pop out and be verdant in June.
- 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. Come by for products, check out our Lawn Coach subscription, or order online to schedule curbside pickup or direct delivery (click the Order Fertilizer button below).
Read the Best Times to Apply Fertilizer >>
- Your TifBlair Centipede should be fertilized with very little fertilizer and based only on soil test results. 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 >>
- Continue holding off aerating warm season lawns until they fully green up in the spring.
- Mow your weeds. If you didn't apply pre-emergent in September to stop the weeds you're seeing now, mow those weeds down. Or, turn on your Automower robotic mower to do the mowing/weeding for you.
Order fertilizer online for curbside pickup or direct shipment.
Mowing Height: There is a healthy range for each type of lawn. Do you know the best height for your lawn?
- 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.
- Automower Robotic Mower Tune-Up: Change blades, give it a clean, and update firmware/software. Our robotics technicians can service it for you or you can follow these video instructions.
The new 450X Automowers are in stock!
- 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, dead nettle, chickweed, bittercress, 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.
- Mowing works well for suppressing weeds you see now. 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 bark or pine straw 2-4" thick and keep it 1-2" away from touching the trunks or stems of your plants. Rake/blow leaves off your lawn and into your beds and natural areas rather than bagging them.
- Hand Weeding - Plop yourself down on the ground and pull up some weeds. You'll feel the calming earth through your fingertips and get Vitamin D through your skin.