Caring For Your Turf Now

This is what good cared for zoysia turf should look like now

This is what well cared for zoysia turf should look like now.

The next couple of days are the perfect time to get your lawn ready for a good fall, and hopefully weed free spring. First, if you have not cut your lawn recently, do that first, and make sure you also get all the leaves off the turf area in your yard. If you have not been using a bagger and have one, use it now. Once the grass is cut, it is time to apply either a weed and feed, if you did not fertilize your turf this summer, or just a pre-emergent if you did. Since I fertilized my zoysia, I applied Dimension granular herbicide with my fertilizer spreader. I especially need to control Poa annua, and this is a good one to do that, as well as many of the other common spring and summer weeds. If you need a weed and feed, check the bags and make sure it is specific for your kind of turf. Also, make sure it controls the weeds that are common in your yard. If you had very bad weed infestations in you yard last spring and summer, a second application of a pre-emergent is advised (you don’t need to pay the cost of a weed and feed). My mother-in-law had a severe infestation of Poa annua, and while I reduced the amount in her yard last year, I am going to apply another application around mid-October to help prevent the infestation. One of the main reasons I suggest that the next couple of days is a good time to do this, is that we are expecting rain on Tuesday. A grandular pre-emergent herbicide must be watered in to be effective. So, if it doesn’t rain Tuesday, get the sprinklers running. Hopefully, by doing this now, spring will see a beautiful green lawn that is weed free.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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