Keep Your Lawn Looking Great!
Proper fertilizer coverage will prevent growth of weeds in bare spots. A good rule to remember is to fertilize in March and October.
What Your New Lawn Will Need
You must water for 35 minutes - 1 hour each day, depending on your sprinkler system. Between May and September, you need to treat for sod web worms, chinch bugs, and fungus right away. You can call a pesticide company or do it yourself.
Please do not fertilize in the summer months.
For insecticide applications:
Treat for insecticides accordingly based on the preexisting issues with the area where the new sod was installed. When buying an insecticide read the labels carefully and make sure to follow the instructions precisely. You can find insecticides online or at your nearest big box store.
Continuous Care Will Give You A Healthy Lawn!
At first, there will be very few weeds in your new lawn. Over time, weeds will sprout, making fertilizer coverage paramount. if you see weeds in just a couple of areas, regular mowing can take care of your issue. A strong, sharp mower used on well-fed lawns will keep most weeds under control.
Rotary mowers can handle tall grass with ease, but if it is not kept sharp, you will run into problems. Sharpening the blades before each usage is critical. Reel mowers are another type of mower used, and have several blades and can reduce the appearance of fungus.
Always Make Sure To Remove All Clippings After Mowing.
Chinch bugs are another problem that must be dealt with. Chinch bugs are found on St. Augustine sod, and occasionally Bahia. You may also have to contend with mole crickets, which attack Bahia sod, and army worms. There are insecticides that can be used to bring things under control.
If you have shady areas, fertilizing more often with smaller doses and mowing at a higher setting are the best protection.
In summary, water regularly, mow with a very sharp mower, fertilize often (March and October), and watch out for any insects and treat that issue if needed. We recommend a good fertilizer with a 16-4-8 analysis. Check your lawn on a weekly basis.