St. Augustine Grass - Care and Maintenance - Spring
Step 1 - Apply Fertilizer. We recommend something with a 2-0-1 ratio (eg...(16-0-8))
Step 2 - Prevent the onset of Summer weeds by applying Pre-emergent herbicide. You can buy it already mixed in with the fertilizer.
Step 3 - Watch out for fungus...especially Grey-Leaf Spot and Brown Patch. If you have had problems before or have an area with extra shade or moisture, apply a fungicide with an active ingredient. Water 1 inch per week, either from natural rainfall or from inground irrigation. Overwatering can lead to disease of turfgrass.
Step 4 - Hold off applying insecticide to begin Spring. Monitor grass each week. Chinch bugs are the number one St. Augustine enemy, but usually start showing up in Summer through early Fall. If you get chinch bugs, treat with an insecticide that contains Bifenthrin or Carbaryl.
EMPIRE Turf - Care and Maintenance - Spring
Get your EMPIRE Turf zoysia lawn ready for Spring and Summer. This video will guide you through some simple care instructions for getting your EMPIRE lawn looking its best.
Step 1 - MOW LOW. For the first mowing of the year, scalp the lawn with the mower and bag the clippings.
Step 2 - Apply Fertilizer. We recommend a 1-0-1 ratio. (eg...(15-0-15))
Step 3 - Apply Pre-emergent herbicide to prevent summer weeds. You can buy it already mixed in with fertilizer.
Step 4 - To prevent Billbugs and other insect pests, put down a broad spectrum insecticide containing bifenthrin. Make sure to water any granular insecticides into the lawn.
Step 5 - EMPIRE Turf needs about 3/4 of an inch of water per week from either natural rainfall or inground irrigation. Overwatering can lead to fungus outbreaks. If needed, put down a systemic fungicide with an active ingredient.