How to Care for a Warm-Season Lawn

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Warm-season lawn care requires infrequent but heavy watering and a low-nitrogen fertilizer. Care for a warm-season lawn with tips from a professional landscaper in this free video on lawns and gardening. View Video Transcript

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Bill Elzey

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I'm Bill Elzey with Showplace Lawns. Let's talk about how to care for warm season grass. First of all let's distinguish what a warm season grass is. Warm season grass is usually one that we have, is the one we have in the Spring and the Summer and cool season grass will be one for the late Fall and the Winter. Also it can be referred to as a cool season grass in other parts of the country, the North, the North East. We're in Texas so the cool season is the Fall and the Winter and the warm season is Spring and Summer. The best thing to do, number one, is be sure that you water and have a proper watering program for your lawn. Infrequent waterings but for long periods of time will serve you greatly in this. Secondly, be sure that your lawnmower blade is sharp, that it cuts really great because you don't want to rip that grass you want to cut it and as it cuts it will seal the blade. Cut the grass taller or higher for instance we cut St. Augustine grass at 3 and 1/2 to 3 and 3/4 inches and that is in cut height. We even cut Bermuda grass a little taller than what the recommended cutting height is. This will shade the root system and help to keep it from drying out very fast. Also you want to use a very low nitrogen fertilizer. The higher the nitrogen in your fertilizer, the more that is going to force you to water and by more watering you will develop a short root system a shallow root system in your grass. So the basics for maintaining a warm season or a Summer lawn, higher cutting heights, infrequent but long periods of water, sharper blade and low nitrogen use in your fertilizer.