Warm Season Lawn Care Schedule for July and August
Doc explains critical dates about warm season grasses and why must do certain things within a time range. Warm season grasses like Bermuda start to “shut down” as cooler weather approaches. We don’t want to aggressive treatments when this time gets close. It’s time to PLAN any mjor changes to your lawn now.
Important Warm Season Lawn Care
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The Bermuda Lawn Guide
Critical Warm Season Care for July and August
Keep lightly fertilizing with either PGF COMPLETE 16-4-8 (for most lawns) PGF COMPLETE 16-0-8 (lawns with high phosphorus) or PGF BALANCE 10-10-10 (lawns with low phos). As long as you are not in DROUGHT the warm season grass likes the food and it’s best to do light coats, just below the bag rate, every 3-4 weeks. Get a soil test if you have not one yet.
Build Your Soil
Your soil is the most important part of good plant growth. If you don’t have a soil test… do one. Next keep POUNDING down HUMICHAR and building up the good carbon. It has NOTHING that can hurt your lawn and you can’t put down too much. Consider DirtBooster and the good fungus spray. Adding the organic matter and good fungus has greatly helped our lawns.
One of the best things you can do for your lawn right now. Cut it short, do a core aeration. Pick up the plugs if you can. (Prevent the mess and dulling of blades) Water, air and nutrients now have a way to go deep.
Watch for Armyworm Moths and Test for Army Worms
I can report that in GA as of July 17th we have not seen much activity. However they migrate and people further south and in TX are seeing them now. Test areas to check for them and if found treat with my double approach, granular DOUBLE KILL and a BUG LAWN spray.
Prevent Grubs or Kill Existing Ones
You can put down a grub preventer but it only works on the “BABY grubs”. Adult grubs need to be killed. If you’re seeing lots of beetles try the organic preventer, but again… my suggestion is to focus on the adult grubs.
Supplement with Super Juice and added Good Fungus
This year we have been adding the GOOD FUNGUS booster packs to our Super Juice. Apply early evening and water in. GOOD fungus benefits roots, increase nutrition uptake, and protects against bad fungus. Note, the new Super Juice has 4% iron.
Watch for Fungus and Dollar Spot
These warm temps bring fungus and a lot of dollar spot. I prefer the granular treatment as it goes into the ground and roots rather than coating the plant. Just be cautious as most say you can hurt your turf a bit in the heat.
Last Chance for Seeding
Warm season grasses need 60 days of temps in the high 80s after germination to establish prior to the cold moving in. So… think 2 months ahead and get seed down now if needed.
Flower and Veggie Garden Compost Booster
DirtBooster helps you make super compost in only a few days.
Should be applied to ALL LAWNS and can be applied as heavy and as often as you like. It contains NOTHING that can hurt your lawn and is 50/50 mix of biochar and humic acid.
PGF Complete 16-4-8 Lawn Fertilizer
This is the main fertilizer for ALL lawns during the growing season. Warm season and cool season lawns.
PGF Balance 10-10-10
A professional grade 10-10-10 with tiny particles, micro nutrients, and iron.
Granular Pre-Emergent in DG Particles
Spring Lawn Fertilizers
PGF Complete website to pick the right fertilizer.
Killing Grubs in the Spring
Preventative products should be used in the late summer. Killing products work best in the spring. The product below can be applied anytime of the year to kill grubs.
Super Juice Lawn Supplement and Bio-Stimulant
Lawn Hose End Spray Bottles
WARNING: Use only the 20:1 ratio bottles and do not pay more than $19 for TWO bottles. When out of stock, others will charge up to $40 if out of stock. Simply wait until they come back in stock from Andersons.
Microbe and Good Fungus Booster
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Will fungicide affect microbial pack? Thanks
Doc, I recently threw down some arden 15 after doing my summer core aeration to try and push out the common Bermuda i have. How is that going to affect my fall preemergent schedule. I believe you mentioned for sod you want a full growing season but wasn’t sure if overseeding was on the same schedule. I live in AZ so we still have warm temps for another 4+ months. I live in an older part of town that used to be orange groves so we have irrigation valves in our yard that allows us to flood the yard every… Read more »
In one of your upcoming videos can you address how to kill/suppress/eliminate nutsedge in a Bermuda lawn. I have a beautiful Bermuda lawn and I try my best to follow your calendar and use recommended products, but nutsedge is still bad
What is a good fungus spray
Hi Doc, I love your videos and your lawn care calendar. One question, I have fungus in my lawn and purchased the product you recommended but I am leery about using it in hot weather. I live in Southport NC and the temps here are between 80-90 degrees. How can I use it cautiously? Or should I wait until temps drop slightly?
Good morning….. New house owner here in TN-bought a newly built house and moved in December, I was told not to do much as the Bermuda hybrid grass is dormant, but as Spring has passed and Summer is here, my grass looks okay, not lush green. I am not sure what I need to start off with since a year is coming up and I think I read somewhere not to do much to your grass the first year when its laid (sod) so I haven’t done much except water and fertilize here and there (since I hardly know squat… Read more »
Hey doc, love your videos. I’ve been following your instruction for about a year now working on my lawn and it’s an interesting project that I think you might be interested in. I started with a st Augustine lawn and I hate st Augustine grass. I’ve been wanting to convert to bermuda ever since I started watching your videos. I started the process by cutting the st Augustine short, dethatching it, then seeding with Arden 15 Bermuda. It’s going pretty well. I’ve done a couple treatments of humichar earlier this summer along with pgf complete and dirt booster to get… Read more »
I love your channel! I stumbled upon your channel a couple of months ago looking for help for bermuda grass and it was great finding you. I implemented your 4 step: fungus control, iron, fertilizer, 10-10-10; cut out short etc. I seeded, I laid down soil and watered a lot. The lawn was looking great– my lawn service provider not too happy. A week ago parts of the grass looked dead. I scalped it and added more fungus control and insect treatment (armyworms). There’s a presence of some white substance on the blades and close to the soil. Do you… Read more »
Hello. I have a Bermuda lawn that I seeded this past July. Do I follow your schedule since it is a new lawn and especially do I apply any preemergent because I have very bad crab grass? I have read so many of your posts and I’ve gotten myself confused. Please steer my straight. Thank you.