It is time to “take my grass down,” which simply means cutting my grass lower than usual.
- In my case, since I have Zoysia, I lowered the mower one notch on the wheels, cut the grass, and collected it with a grass catcher. It is amazing how much the turf, although brown, looks so clean.
- After this, I always take my mower in for a spring tuneup and blade sharpening.
- Once I finished taking the grass down, I looked for the few pieces of Poa annua in the turf and removed them by pulling or digging them out.
- With the grass this low, it is a good time to spray the weeds that become visible in the next week or so with a spring herbicide containing 2-4-D (simply look at the ingredient list), and apply according to label directions. Remember, spring herbicides will not kill Poa annua, so that is why I pulled these weeds.