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Treat lawns now to control winter weeds like Florida betony.

Treat lawns now to control winter weeds like Florida betony.

Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 12:41 PM.

Fall Lawn Care Tips

Lawns in southeastern North Carolina are suited to warm season turf grasses such as St. Augustine, zoysia, Bermuda and centipede. Caring for warm season turf grasses can be very different from caring for turf grasses grown in cooler climates. As warm season lawns get ready to transition into the dormant winter season, there are some important things that should be done, and others that should not be done, to keep lawns healthy.


Do NOT Fertilize!

Grasses should only be fertilized with nitrogen when they are actively growing. For warm season grasses this is during the spring and summer, not fall or winter. Fertilizing warm season lawns in fall or winter wastes fertilizer, encourages weed growth, and can intensify disease problems like large patch. In the cooler parts of North Carolina and the United States, cool season grasses such as fescue and Kentucky bluegrass are grown. Cool season grasses do grow during the fall and early spring, and require fertilization at these times. Commercials and ads about fertilizing lawns in fall are referring to cool season grasses only.


Do NOT Water!

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