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Bermudagrass Falll Maintenance Video

Bermudagrass - Care and Maintenance - Fall 2012

Video Notes:
Step 1 - Fertilization. We recommend something with a 1-0-2 ratio. In other words, 1 part nitrogen, 0 parts phosphorus, and 2 parts potassium....like an 8-0-16 for example. Obviously the 1-0-2 ratio is meant as a starting point. A local expert can better give you specific needs for your area. If you have trouble finding a fertilizer with that ratio, a fertilizer with a 1-0-1 ratio will also be acceptable.
Step 2 - Adjust Your Watering Schedule - Bermuda’s are very drought tolerant turfgrasses and when the temperatures drop they wont need as much irrigation do adjust your watering schedule accordingly. Too much watering can lead to a lawn disease.
Step 3 - Weed Control - You will notice that as the weather begins to turn cooler, summer weeds will begin to die off and winter weed varieties will begin to spring up. Weeds can be an issue for some lawns and not so much others. For those without weed problems, don’t worry about this next step, which is to apply a pre-emergent herbicide for prevention of winter weeds. This will get the weeds before they rear their ugly heads.
Optional Step 4 - Insect and Disease Control - If they haven’t been an issue for you, you don’t really need to do anything…just monitor and take action with insecticide or fungicide if they become a problem. The good news is bermudagrasses are fast spreaders and will recover from damage very quickly.
Step 5 - Mowing Height - Raise the mowing height in the colder months just a bit to help promote deeper root growth. If you are near the 2-inch mark…leave it there. You really don’t want the grass over 2 inches in height.

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Fall EMPIRE Turf Preps

EMPIRE Turf - Care and Maintenance - Fall 2012
Video Notes:
Step 1 - Fertilization. We recommend something with a 1-0-2 ratio. In other words, 1 part nitrogen, 0 parts phosphorus, and 2 parts potassium....like an 8-0-16 for example. Obviously the 1-0-2 ratio is meant as a starting point. A local expert can better give you specific needs for your area. If you have trouble finding a fertilizer with that ratio, a fertilizer with a 1-0-1 ratio will also be acceptable.
Step 2 - Billbug Control Insecticide. One great thing about EMPIRE Turf is that Chinch Bugs don't like it. Chinch bugs are a huge problem in St. Augustine grass lawns. The main insects you have to watch out for with EMPRIE are billbugs. Hunting bullbugs are small black insects. As an EMPIRE lawn owner, the thing we recommend doing is to go ahead and put down billbug control in the fall and in the spring whether you have had issues with the hunting billbug in the past or not. Make sure it's a broad spectrum insecticide.

Optional Step 3
- Fungicide. Look out for fungus in your EMPIRE like large patch. This fungus appears in somewhat circular patterns...usually about 2 to 3 feet in diameter. If you have had fungus before or suspect you have a fungus in your lawn currently, put down a fungicide to helwp the grass enter the cold months healthier. For fungicide, you will likely need multiple applications. Remember to wait 21 days between each application.
Optional Step 4 - Weed Control. When the temperatures start dropping, summer weeds will start dying off and winter weeds will start to pop up. In some areas of the country, winter weeds aren't a big problem. If you haven't had problems with them in the past, forgo putting down any herbicide this fall. However, if you know that weeds in the winter time are an issue for you, get a pre-emergent herbicide from your local lawn care store and apply it to the lawn now to stop the winter weeds from popping up.
Step 5 - Mowing. Mowing in the cooler months is slightly different. Leave the EMPIRE a little bit higher than normal to encourage deeper root growth for the winter. Basically adjust your mower settings to go up one notch.
Step 6 - Watering. As for watering, as temperatures drop, grasses won't need as much irrigation....so adjust your watering schedule accordingly. Too much watering can lead to fungus and disease outbreaks.
Remember with all lawn products be it fertilizer, insecticide or herbicide...read the label and follow the proper instructions.

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From LSU Professor Dr. Ron Strahan - Armyworm and Tropical Sod Webworm outbreaks are happening now. This applies to the entire Southeast. Read more by clicking below on the LTA Turfgrass Insider. Follow Dr. Strahan on Twitter at (LSUturf) or on facebook at Ron Strahan. Click on the page to download the .pdf.

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Celebration is now on two SEC football stadiums. Already in place at LSU, Celebration will now be underfoot at "The Swamp."

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Visit the Guadalupe River Trail New Native Sod demonstration site! This is located adjacent to the Visitor's Center at 438 Coleman Avenue, San Jose. You can view 5 drought tolerant, California Native Sod varieties and see which one would look best in your yard or on your job site!!

The Gronomics product line offers a variety of elevated garden beds, stained or unfinished. Tool-Free assembly makes for a simple setup & less material...so you can enjoy your garden bed instantly!

Take a look at the different options for your creative garden!

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Congratulations to the 2012 graduates of the Bay Friendly Coalition!

Delta Bluegrass Company admires the dedication of the landscape professionals commited to a sustainable environment and greener living!

Delta Bluegrass will showcase the California Native Sod varieties, Gronomics Garden Beds & More! Join us on Saturdat from 9am-5pm!

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