This week we are talking more about the high heat but more so things that you can do to help protect your lawn.
At the beginning of the year as soon as the lawn starts to grow it is important to mow at the proper height. Common Bermuda grass should be cut at about 1 to 2 inches, hybrid Bermuda at about ½ to 1 ½ inches and St. Augustine at about 1 ½ to 3 inches. Regular mowing typically shouldn’t expose the stolons or shoots and really shouldn’t cut more than 1/3 of the entire grass blade during one mowing. Some people prefer to “scalp” the grass at the first mowing which is not essential but does help cut down on thatch as long as you remove the clippings when you scalp the lawn. Scalping is cutting the lawn to about ½ inch or lower to expose the dirt layer and clear out any thatch which inhibits the effectiveness of watering and fertilizers.
Ok, back to mowing. When the temperatures get to a consistent 95 degrees and higher, we raise our mowers one setting in order to allow the grass roots to stretch deeper accessing more nutrients and water during higher temps. We continue to mow at the higher setting until the grass starts to go dormant, at which point we go back down to the normal setting for the lawn. In our experience, this helps keep the lawn looking green and healthy and won’t burn it up during extreme heat.
We’ve always told our customers that the best weed prevention is a thick, lush, actively growing lawn. The Texas Agricultural Extension Service echoes this saying so I think we are on the same track. However, sometimes it is necessary to use pesticides to reduce weed growth. For the control of broadleaf weeds and some grassy weeds some of the best herbicides to use should contain 2,4-D, MCPP or Dicamba. For nutsedge, we recommend something with Imazaquin in it. Although still effective any time they are applied, these products are best if applied in the early morning or late evening. When temperatures are at 95 degrees or higher, it is best not to use any 2,4-D products to prevent temporary damage to the grass.
Keep in mind that the best way to keep a weed-free lawn is to mow on a regular weekly basis, keeping the grass well watered and fertilized so that the grass stays dense and actively growing.
It’s hard work keeping that lawn looking good and we know it. If you have any questions about lawn care please feel free to comment below, visit our website: www.kingreencompany.com , or give us a call and we will point you in the right direction.