How to Feed a Warm-Season Lawn

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Feeding a warm-season lawn requires fertilizing the grass three times a year after mowing, top dressing the lawn in the winter and spraying a natural soil activator. Be sure to winterize a warm-season lawn in mid-October with advice from a professional... View Video Transcript

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Bill Elzey

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I'm Bill Elzey with Show Place Lawns. How to feed a warm season grass. Well most of the time that will include or does include Saint Augustine grass, Bermuda grass, and the various strains of Bermuda grass also some Sougia and in our part of the world Buffalo grass and some other native type of turf varieties. Feeding it we fertilize three times a year. We would fertilizer in the spring in April, after the lawn has been mowed twice. When you get two mowings in before you fertilize it in the spring. Then the next fertilizer would be an option that would be roughly in June. If it needs it you know you kind of look at it and read the grass and see if it needs a fertilization then go ahead and fertilize it. Then fertilize it again in early to mid October. That would be your winterizer. Those are the three fertilizer times. In addition to putting out fertilizer, top dress that lawn, the best time to top dress it would be between thanksgiving and valentine's day. So you don't worry about suffocating the grass, you don't worry about the heat from the nitrogen and the compost and you can work it in to the grass in time to aerate it in early spring. The compost itself does not do much feeding but it works together with the fertilizers to break them down and help them to do their job more consistently. We also do some sprays of a soil activator with seaweed and molasses, horticultural molasses. That gives you a little bit of nitrogen from time to time as well throughout the growing year. But from a feeding stand point, the three fertilizers and the compost will serve you well.