If you’re a property owner or manager, maintaining a lawn can be a time-consuming (and often complicated) task. There is a lot to learn about taking care of a lawn properly and successfully, and there is a wealth of knowledge accessible on the subject.
Warm-season grass, such as Zoysiagrass, Bermudagrass, St. Augustine grass, or Eastern Gamagrass, may be found on many properties in Alabama and other regions of the southern United States. The major growth season for warm-season grasses is in the spring, followed by the summer and early fall months.
If the winter temperatures drop low enough in the year’s cooler months, the grass will become a pale brown tint.
We frequently hear from our clients that it’s difficult to remember when the best time of day or year is to perform certain lawn care tasks or projects, so we’d like to share the best time of day/year to water your grass, mow your grass, fertilize your grass, apply weed control, apply fungicide, and aerate your lawn.
Watering the lawn
In terms of the time of day, the best time to water your lawn is early in the morning before the sun rises to minimize water evaporation before the grass has a chance to absorb it completely. If your lawn is dormant or semi-dormant, as it may be in the winter, avoid entirely watering it. Once the growing season starts, you may resume watering the lawn on a regular basis.
Mowing the grass is a common action that takes place throughout the year, usually from mid-spring to late fall. The optimal time to mow is in the early evening when the colder temperatures allow the grass blades to recover overnight, but, occasionally, a person simply needs to mow when they have time and opportunity. If the grass is moist, you should avoid mowing it. Wet grass clippings will not only clog your lawnmower, but they will also fall in clumps across your yard, suffocate the grass, and leave brown stains.
Fungicide application to your lawn
Fertilizer and fungicide are frequently administered at the same time; therefore, the timetable for both products might be the same. Fungicides are used to prevent grass diseases like a brown patches from affecting your lawn.
Aeration of the lawn
Aeration is commonly used for warm-season grasses in late spring and early summer. Aeration lets water, nutrients, and air penetrate deep into the soil, giving your grass the optimum growth season and overall health.
Fertilizing the lawn:
Warm-season grasses benefit from 3-4 fertilizer treatments each year. Early spring, early summer, early autumn, and even late fall fertilization are all recommended by our lawn care specialists. The type of fertilizer you use will be determined by the kind of grass you have, and seasonal temperatures will determine the number of treatments. Fertilizer is often administered to lawns with 60 degrees or above soil temperatures. Late afternoon is the optimum time to fertilize since the sun is setting and the air temperature is cooling.