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With spring in the air, EMPIRE Zoysia is ready to come out of dormancy and begin to green up. However, Central Florida wasn't hit hard with freezes this winter so your Zoyisa should already be somewhat green if not fully green. Follow the steps below to make sure your lawn will make the transition from winter to spring greening without any issues.
The First Step:
Make sure the last freeze of winter is past. You want to scalp your EMPIRE Zoysia with the mower, even if your EMPIRE Zoysia hasn't fully greened up yet. Set your lawnmower to a height of 3/4" to 1" to scalp the EMPIRE Zoysia down. Keep in mind, you only want to do this for the first cut. This will get rid of any thatch buildup and brown grass on top.
The Second Step:
You want to put down a slow release fertilizer. For EMPIRE Zoysia, a 15-0-15 ratio is a good fertilizer to put down.
The Third Step:
We suggest that you put down a pre-emergent to help stop any summer weeds before they show. If weeds are already showing, go to your local lawn care store to find out which herbicide is best for your weeds.
The Fourth Step:
Insects are a pain and we suggest that you put down an insecticide. Look for an insecticide that is broad spectrum and will kill off a number of different pests, especially bill bugs.
The Fifth Step:
For some reason, homeowners like to over water their lawns with the hotter days. EMPIRE only needs about an inch of water a week. Either from natural rainfall or irrigation. Over watering can lead to fungus or diseases in your lawn. If you have a lot of shade or have overwatered in the past, you will want to put down a fungicide.
Follow these steps to make your lawn the envy of the neighborhood.
Spring is here and it's time to prepare your St. Augustine Grass for the hot days ahead. The first step you want to do is put down fertilizer. We recommend a fertilizer with a 25-0-12 ratio or 12-0-6.
The second step is to prevent the summer weeds. If you do not have any weeds in your lawn, you can get a pre emergent herbicide mixed in with the fertilizer. If you're too late and weeds have already germinated, go to your local lawn care outlet to find out which weed you have and what will do best to control and kill it.
The third step is to prevent any turf diseases. The most common diseases for St. Augustine Grass is grey leaf spot and brown patch fungus. One of the main causes of fungus is over watering. For St. Augustine Grass, you want to water an inch per week either from the rain fall or by irrigation. This will help prevent turf diseases.
Insects is the last step. Monitor your yard before you put anything down for insects. The chinch bug is the main problem for St. Augustine Grasses. If you notice chinch bug damage, go to your local lawn care outlet to find out the best possible way to treat them.
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