The Southeast below the transition zone is the perfect place to grow a range of warm-season grasses, including Bermuda, Zoysia and Centipede. With temperatures steadily rising and weather helping out, the work you put in now will help ready your lawn for the summer ahead.
With spring in full swing, it’s a fair bet that you’re already starting to see lawn pests each. Many insects lay eggs or begin hatching this time of year, so keep a careful eye out for insect larvae in your yard. Mowing with a bagging attachment can help scoop grass-borne eggs out of your yard. If you’re already seeing pests eating away at your grass, it may be time to move on to a general purpose pesticide, like Ortho Bug B Gon. If you’re finding yourself plagued by that southern speciality, fire ants, try Ortho Fire Ant Killer instead.
If you’ve not already begun applying fertilizer, now’s the time to start. Formulated for warm-season grasses, Scotts Turf Builder Southern Lawn Food should suit the needs of most lawns in the region. Use a spreader to apply the feed, and for quicker results, lightly water the granules into the lawn.
Expect to see previously scarce or dormant weeds surge back into prominence over the next month or so. Maintaining a dense, healthy lawn will help crowd out invasive weeds. If that’s not enough to keep them at bay, try a weed killer for warm-season grasses, like Image.
(Not sure if the Southeast is the right zone for you? See our zone map for more.)