Landscape Advice For May

Feeding your lawn is very important.

If your lawn was not fertilized in April it is time to do so. You want to put down a Lesco brand that can be purchased at Home Depot. If you are having a problem with weeds the Lesco Weed and Feed will be helpful. Please water after the application to activate the fertilizer.

Lawn Fertilizers applied this time of year should have low Nitrogen levels to avoid feeding fungal problems such as brown patch and grey leaf spot. Look for lower Nitrogen, but higher Iron levels. (I recommend a 24-5-11 With 6% iron) Avoid any fertilizer ratios higher than 27% nitrogen. example: 27-5-11 or 29-5-11.

Check for chinch bugs.

If your St. Augustine lawn was diagnosed correctly with chinch bugs last summer or it had developed mysterious brown, dead spots in full sun areas, check lawn for chinch bugs regularly. Water the area first. When looking for chinch bugs, concentrate on the green areas next to the damaged areas. (They’ve already finished feeding in those dead areas, and are moving on to greener pastures!) Chinch bugs are mostly black (young ones can be tan) with a white bar across their back. Treat all of the lawn in the vicinity of the yellowing or browning lawn that is in full sun.

Adjust your watering schedule.

You want to be applying an inch of water in all areas of your lawn twice a week. Water in the early mornings (4am) so the excess water will be evaporated and reduce the risk of fungal growth.

  • Pop-ups – 20 minutes
  • Rotating Heads – 25 minutes
  • Flower beds – 15 minutes

Top-dress lawn and landscape with compost, if you haven’t done so already.

No more than a half-inch over the lawn, and a half-inch to two inches in flower beds and around shrubs and trees. This gives plants the nutrients, organic matter, and microorganisms they need, and helps soil to hold water this summer. Water afterwards to settle in the compost and prevent potential burning in the heat, especially on the lawn.

Mulch all bare soil areas.

Use three inches wherever possible to get the benefits of weed suppression and moisture retention. In areas where there are stubborn weeds, get control first by pulling them. Then cover with mulch. Understand that the most invasive weeds – Bermuda grass, Johnson grass, and nut grass or nut sedge – may still require even further pulling and spraying to maintain control.

Landscape improvements.

This is a great time of year to allow us to design and install your dream landscape. We currently have a landscape architect and a landscape designer eager to assist you in creating a beautiful design. We provide free consultations to all of our mowing clients. Please take advantage of this service, you will not be disappointed.

If you would like Top Choice to help you with any of these above services please feel free to call or email to let us know.