Lawn Maintenance Schedule


JANUARY: Optional Soil Test

FEBRUARY: Late in the month apply Dimension pre-emergent herbicide which will kill most broadleaf winter weeds (including crabgrass), and put down a chemical barrier to discourage weed seed germination.

MARCH: Spot spray as necessary with 2-4-D or TRIMEC for additional weed control. Apply F-STOP fungicide as a preventative application, especially in wet and/or shady areas and for St. Augustine lawns. For heavy clay soils, core aerate heavily and apply 35 lbs/1000 sf of Gypsum.

APRIL: Fertilize lawn with VERTAGRO 15-0-15 at a rate of a 10lb bag for 6- 12,000 sq. ft. Zoysia – 6000 sf/bag. St. Augustine – 8,000 sf/bag and Centipede – 12,000 sf/bag. Organic MILORGANITE is a good option and needs to be applied every few weeks between March and September. It contains iron and calcium which helps green up your lawn and creates a strong root system. Late in the month you may apply the grub control GRUB FREE ZONE III.

MAY: Apply GRUB FREE ZONE III in mid to late May, especially for St. Augustine lawns. Insects and disease are more likely to show up in St. Augustine lawns. These pests are brought on when night time temperatures are consistently between 60-70 degrees. You may need to apply F-STOP fungicide again especially in wet and/or shady areas and for St. Augustine lawns. Apply WEED OUT herbicide if necessary.

JUNE: At the end of the month fertilize lawn with VERTAGRO 15-0-15 at a rate of a 10lb bag for 6-12,000 sq. ft. Zoysia – 6000 sf/bag., St. Augustine – 8,000 sf/bag and Centipede – 12,000 sf/bag.

JULY: Optional for St. Augustine – Apply GRUB FREE ZONE III again. July and August are when chinch bugs, army worms, and webworms are most prevalent. Like mole crickets, chinch bug’s first sign of damage is small dead patches clustered in your lawn. Chinch bugs tend to be in hot, dry locations and where the grade is just a little bit higher. The small dead patches can rapidly become large dead areas if not promptly treated.

AUGUST: Treat insects and fungus as needed with GRUB FREE ZONE III. You may need to apply F-STOP fungicide again especially in wet and/or shady areas and for St. Augustine lawns.

SEPTEMBER: Apply a winterizer such as 0-0-20 potassium to promote and strengthen roots. For heavy clay soils, core aerate heavily and apply 35 lbs/1000 sf of Gypsum.

OCTOBER: You may need to apply F-STOP fungicide again especially in wet and/or shady areas and for St. Augustine lawns.

NOVEMBER: Apply ATRAZINE pre-emergent herbicide which will kill most broadleaf weeds and put down a chemical barrier to discourage weed seed germination.

DECEMBER: Take a breather.

 

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