October's Lawn Tips Live was filmed at our Super-Sod of South Carolina store in Orangeburg. Our store manager, Webb Porter, shares how to care for your warm season lawns, and sod expert Greg Nichols talks about making cool season lawns look great. Super-Sod's Marketing Director, Hillary Thompson then shares her knowledge about our October weed of the month, nutsedge.
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Let's Prevent Weeds, Y'all! 🌱
The Pre-emergent Window is OPEN! Would you like a weed-free lawn this winter? We bet you would, so here's your go-ahead to spread pre-emergent herbicide to kill winter weeds before they germinate. The window for spreading pre-emergent is open until October 15th.
More About Weeds
- Apply post-emergent herbicides directly to existing, visible weeds to kill them once they have already sprouted.
- Right now the best method to combat weeds is to mow them before they go to seed.
- What are pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides anyway? We explain it in our blog post, What's the Difference?
- Thick Mulch suppresses weeds in flower beds. Spread mulch 2-4" thick and keep it 1-2" away from touching the trunks or stems of your plants.
- Hand Weeding - You could even tune into some of the Saturday football games to enjoy the festivities during your gardening productivity.
It's Tall Fescue Time!
- Prepare for overseeding Tall Fescue by cleaning up your lawn and spraying out weeds with post-emergent herbicide.
- Caution: If you plan to plant Tall Fescue seed, don't apply a pre-emergent herbicide in the autumn.
- Mowing Tall Fescue Seedlings: The first time to mow your lawn (at a 2.5-3" cut height) is when the seedlings reach 3-4" tall. In fact, mowing will promote growth! Don't be timid. Mow it!
- Get instant impact with Elite Tall Fescue sod, available as a single roll or in full pallets. You can order Tall Fescue sod online!
- Dig into why we recommend Soil³ for sod and seed by reading these short articles:
- We have overseeding package deals on our Elite Tall Fescue seed blends, available for pickup or delivery. Click below:
Fall is for Planting
It's time to get your cool season crops in the ground, plus ornamental plants prefer to be planted this time of year so the roots establish before their spring flush. Order Soil³ compost online or pick up at our stores for all your fall plantings:
- Cool season vegetables
- Planting Tall Fescue lawns
- Seasonal color such as pansies and snapdragons
- Planting new perennials, shrubs, and trees
Warm Season Lawns
- Do not fertilize or aerate warm-season lawns in autumn; wait until spring.
- Apply pre-emergent herbicide now! For warm season lawns, avoid pre-emergents with nitrogen so you don't push extra growth when it should be going dormant. We sell the right type here in our store.
- Fungicide: Zoysia, Bermuda, and Centipede lawns get an application of Headway G in October (once soil temps lower to 70 degrees) to 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!
We recommend Headway G because:
- Systemic protection of the whole plant: Both modes of action are systemic, meaning they work from the inside of the plant to protect the whole plant. What's found at most big box stores is contact only.
- It goes further: One bag will cover multiple applications for the average size lawn.
- Pro-grade: Used by golf courses and we use it in our sod production.
Fall Armyworm Alert 🐛
They are STILL on the march and will be until frost! Learn the signs, scout daily, and act quickly if you see them. Read what to look for in our Fall Armyworm article.
We stock 5-10-30 + Acelepryn insecticide, for preventative control of fall armyworms and grubs. We also have insecticide to treat current infestations.
Continue to mow warm season lawns at the recommended height until they go dormant, probably next month.
Now is the time to lower the mowing blade for your established Tall Fescue lawn. Continue to mow as needed throughout the winter at a 2.5-3" cut height. Next summer we'll remind you to raise it up again.
Mowing Height: There is a healthy range for each type of lawn.
>> Look up the mowing height for your grass here
Mowing cuts off flower/seed heads and that stops weeds from making more weeds, thus breaking the life cycle. Mow on a weekly 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.
Nutsedge: The Weed of the Month
Head over to our Weed of the Month blog post for more information about the invasive October weed of the month - nutsedge. There's a good chance you've seen this weed popping up through lawns a few days after mowing. Here's how to treat it and beat it.
>> Learn about nutsedge here