|This October as your Zoysia, Bermuda, St. Augustine, or Centipede lawn goes dormant, follow these warm season lawn tips from Super-Sod.|
In October, plants are going dormant and it should be a quiet time, right? Well, just like there's a bounty of fall festivals and football games right now, fall holds a bounty of garden activities. It's a time of transition in the plant world and a few lawn projects need to be attended to and "best practices" kept in mind with these October warm season lawn tips.
For ALL lawns, continue to scout for Fall Armyworms until frost.
- If you haven't done so already, it's time to apply pre-emergent weed control on all established warm-season lawns.
- Winterizer is a no-no: Don't be seduced by the ads that use catchy advertising to pitch so-called "winterizer" products. Your warm season lawn is going dormant and doesn't need fertilizer - in fact, fertilizer can cause damage due to increased tender growth that is killed during the winter and it can increase fungal problems that show up in the spring. Wait until spring 2015 to fertilize Zoysia, Bermuda, Centipede, and St. Augustine.
- Fungicide: Zoysia, Bermuda, Centipede, & St. Augustine lawns get an application of fungicide in October (once soil temps are 70 degrees) to help reduce the possibility of Large Patch. Remember, an ounce of prevention in the fall is cheaper and easier than curing Large Patch in the spring!
- Do not aerate warm-season lawns in fall; wait until spring.
- Keep mowing your warm-season lawn until it goes dormant. It's best to keep your lawn at regular mow-height for winter, and not let it grow long. On the other hand, do not scalp! Keep it at normal height for your type of lawn.
- Your lawn is not yet dormant and can get smothered and damaged by a layer of leaves. Prevent lawn suffocation and rake or blow those pretty autumn leaves off your lawn!