Here are a few things you can do this spring that will help give you a better-looking warm season lawn now and all summer long.
Test your soil. Spring is a great time to have your soil tested and make any adjustments in pH or nutrient content. Your State Cooperative Extension Service can usually perform low cost soil tests or can tell you who does. Soil test results usually come with recommendations of what to apply to adjust pH and nutrient deficiencies or excesses.
Fertilize. A spring feeding is one of the most important of the year, just don’t do it too early. Make sure the lawn has come out of dormancy and is growing vigorously before fertilizing. Wait until the grass has “greened-up” and you have had to mow it twice. Fertilizing too early can damage the lawn and invite disease. To feed your lawn for up to 3 months with one application, use BioAdvanced Triple Action Lawn Fertilizer Plus, which contains 50 percent slow-release nitrogen.
Mow Properly. Before you begin mowing, walk over the lawn and pick up any debris that may have accumulated over winter. Start the mowing season with a sharp mower blade. Dull mower blades tear the grass, resulting in a lawn that can have a dry, off-color look even though there is plenty of moisture. You can buy a new blade, sharpen your own (check the internet for instructions) or have lawn mower repair shop sharpen it for you.
Make sure to mow at the proper height. If you over-seeded your warm season lawn with a cool season grass, such as ryegrass, begin the season by mowing slightly lower than the usual recommended height. This will slow the growth of the cool season grass and favor the warm season turf to take over.
Water. Lawns will need less water in the cooler months of spring than they will in the coming heat of summer. But keep an eye on your lawn anyway. If the weather has been warm and dry, you may have to irrigate. Apply water deeply (6 to 8 inches) but infrequently. For more on lawn watering, check our Lawn Watering Guide.
To save money and time, use BioAdvanced 3-in-1 Weed & Feed for Southern Lawns to control weeds and feed your lawn. It kills broadleaf weeds including Dandelions, Dollarweed and Clover and prevents grassy and broadleaf weeds, including crabgrass, for up to 6 months (check the label for a complete list of weeds). And last, but not least, it feeds and strengthens the lawn with slow release fertilizer for long-lasting feeding. Always read and followed label instructions.