The summer is over and we’re finally entering the fall season. Although temperatures won’t be as warm and the amount of time spent mowing will start to decrease, your lawn will still need some level of maintenance to prepare it for winter. After all, fall is one of the most opportune times of the year for lawn disease or insects like grub worms and fall armyworms to start showing up. It’s also one of the best times to apply a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent weeds. A really important maintenance practice at this time for all grasses alike is to provide your lawn with fertilizer. Carolina Fresh Farms has put together a list of the best fertilizers for your different types of turfgrass below.
Bermudagrass Fall Fertilizer Program
When it comes to caring for bermudagrass, nitrogen is the key. Bermuda needs more nitrogen throughout the growing season than most other grasses in the Southeast. Too much nitrogen will cause an abundance of top growth which can become problematic, so choosing a high quality product like 25-0-5 EXPO is a wise choice. Learn more about bermuda care and maintenance here.
Centipede Fall Fertilizer Program
A centipede fertilization regimen is the most simple as it needs very little nutrition to remain healthy. In fact, the latest research reveals that the qualms many homeowners have with their centipede lawns (such as delayed spring green-up or dead spots) are likely caused by overfertilization. All that is needed is about two pounds of nitrogen per growing season. The 25-0-5 EXPO provides one pound of nitrogen in a form that will continue to feed the lawn for up to 10 weeks as well as a slow-release potassium to help the lawn become more drought tolerant. Learn more about centipede care and maintenance here.
Fescue Fall Fertilizer Program
Proper fertilization of a fescue lawn requires phosphorus for quick rooting. A 16-25-12 with MESA fertilizer should be applied between September 15th–30 while a 25-0-5 51% with MESA should be applied between October 30th–December 31st to provide nitrogen and mature the lawn. Our premium plan was designed to ensure that your fescue lawn thrives during each season of the year. Learn more about fescue care and maintenance here.
St. Augustine Fall Fertilizer Program
Because St. Augustine grass is prone to problems during the growing season like fungus and brown spot (a type of disease), it’s important to fully understand what is safe and unsafe when it comes to nutrition for St. Augustine grass. We recommend using a 25-0-5 and a 20-0-5 fertilizer to satisfy the unique needs of St. Augustine varieties. Learn more about St. Augustine care and maintenance here.
Zoysia Fall Fertilizer Program
A zoysia lawn requires minimal fertilization, but it’s important to select the appropriate formula and form for best results. Quick release fertilizers are to be avoided as they tend to yield excessive top growth and cause thatch accumulation. We recommend using a 25-0-5 fertilizer at this time. Learn more about zoysia care and maintenance here.
Our online care guides provide yearly maintenance programs, suggested products and more for each grass type. We are also happy to offer our expertise both by phone and in any one of our seven brick and mortar locations.