Step #5: Over Seed, Starter Fertilizer, & Solu-Cal Lime (Apply Sept. 1st - November 1st)
24-05-11 50%SCU w/5% Iron Lawn Fertilizer (if not planting grass seed) & Solu-Cal Lime
* Covers 10-12k sq ft per 50lb bag
* Grass seed (3-5lbs per 1k sq ft rate over-seed,8-10lbs per 1k sq ft rate from bare dirt), starter fertilizer, and SoluCal Lime
* Core aerate before seeding to loosen soil, ensure seed stabilization, and deeper root growth
* For BEST results, water every day until germination (5-14 days) do not let seed dry out for too long, treat it like a baby.. baby roots
Deep, regular watering - If you want a green lawn all summer long you must water consistently (unless it's raining a lot). Rather than shallow watering every day, water your lawn deeply once or twice a week. One to one-and-a-half inches of water a week will keep your lawn green. Most home irrigation systems can be pre-programmed to take care of the watering for you, or just throw some sprinklers on for 30-60 mins per zone
Water early in the day - Five o’clock in the morning is the perfect time for watering your lawn. Program your irrigation systems to water early in the morning so your lawn will have enough time to dry out during the day, thereby preventing fungal diseases. Watering at night with high humidity results in fungus and insect issues.
Mower maintenance - A poorly maintained mower will only harm your turf. Good mower maintenance includes sharpening the blades and changing the oil, filter and spark plugs. Dull mower blades will tear not cut your lawn, leaving brown tips on the grass blades. These are services landscaping contractors may be able to provide, or come on in and we'll give you any advice you need.
Repair dead spots and/or fungus/pest problems - During this time of year you may need to apply a fungus control product to prevent or kill humidity and moisture damage, especially with bluegrass lawns. If you apply a preventative early it's usually half the amount. If you apply it to kill an already damaged fungus lawn its double the application. We carry industry leading products that will take care of any fungus or insect problems.
Apply fertilizer - The general rule of thumb landscaping contractors recommend is to fertilize your lawn every six weeks. However, you may find that this causes your lawn to grow too quickly, when using traditional fertilizers. A lower nitrogen content fertilizer between 10 and 14 will keep your lawn green while eliminating the fast growth. Using a mulching mower also helps to naturally fertilize the lawn by recycling the nutrients in the grass clippings back into the soil, unless we're very wet with lots of moisture and humidity, then it's better to bag so your lawn is free of wet clippings holding moisture in the lawn, creating fungus and/or insect problems. Be sure you apply the fertilizer evenly and judiciously. Too much fertilizer can turn the turf brown. We recommend our Iron fertilizers, they're very mild to prevent burning out your lawn, and they have 5% Iron for a deep green low-stress green up, great for anytime of year.
Reviving a brown lawn is one of the most commonly requested services landscaping contractors receive. Unfortunately, if your lawn is already looking like coconut matting, there’s not much you can do to bring the green back before fall other than keeping it clean of leaves, thatch and debris. If you have brown spot(s) it's most likely a fungus so apply a fungicide immediately. Also be careful not to over water, over watering will only stress out the turf more.