Hello gorgeous May days!
The weather has been amazing, but that has a slight downside. It has not rained much. Since it's been drier than it has at any point over the last several years, you need to get back in the habit of monitoring your lawn and garden for drought conditions.
💦 Since our passion is lawns, we're here to remind you to irrigate your lawn to provide 1" of water every week. We've written a bunch of articles on the topic of watering. Please skim them to brush up on the topic!
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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 16-4-8 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 >>
- If your lawn is greened up, then it's safe to aerate and topdress with Soil³ compost.
Read How to Aerate Your Lawn >>
Mower Tips for Warm Season Lawns
Mowing is the most important thing you can do for your lawn so we made an instructional video to drive (dare I say, mow?!) the point home. Last week we livestreamed the video release with live Q&A with André. If you're interested in learning André's 7 tips and in learning from other people's questions, here's the replay.
Here are your specific Bermuda, Zoysia, and Centipede mowing tips for May:
- 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
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: Is legit. Yes, you can get out there and hand weed. It won't kill you. It's actually nice arm exercise, it's cheaper than chemicals, and sometimes it's even quicker.
- 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 pollen.
- 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.
- Cudweed is everywhere I look. It's easy to pull up by hand and hosts a butterfly, but I am not fond of it: May Weed of the Month: Cudweed
Cudweed is a particularly ugly weed that is a host plant to the lovely American lady butterfly.
Come back next month for June's Lawn Tips for Warm Season lawns!