Photo by Tom MacCubbin
Dark days of summer are over for local residents. What do you mean, you say? It has been sunny with occasional rains and the days have been bright. Well, many residents have been in a ‘Black Out’ period for lawn care. They could not legally fertilize their lawns June through September. But brighter days are ahead.
All local residents can feed their lawns and the turf is very appreciative. Now is the time for the fall feeding. Use a quality fertilizer and you might consider one with a weed or insect control product too. These get rid of unwanted vegetation and can help keep chinch bugs and fire ants under control.
If you don’t want to use a combination product, consider spot treating for the lawn weeds. Use a product labeled for your lawn type. Read the fine print. Note some exclude certain varieties of St. Augustine. All are made for use with specific turf varieties. Spot treatment is often all you need to do which avoids spraying the entire lawn.
Insects can still be a problem during the fall. Until it gets really cool, sod webworms and chinch bugs can be active. If you did not use a combination product, use a separate insecticide if these pests are expected. Most can also give control of fire ants that are starting to be noticed. Check the label of the product you select and be sure to follow the instructions.
Fall is often the last feeding of the year for lawns. If your lawn is growing well and is the green you like, additional feedings may not be needed.
Some lawns may have brown patch, also called large patch, a fungal disease problem. If you have a zoysia lawn, you may want to make a preventive treatment with a fungicide for this disease. Or you could wait for the first symptoms, the more or less circular yellowing and decline of the grass.
Fall lawn care is not difficult but it’s needed.