Taking Care of Your Lawn after Sod Webworm by Rebecca Band

 

For those of you who have been affected by Sod Webworm, or any other stress of the long summer, you may have noticed your lawn may be looking less than perfect lately.  Ignoring it could come with a large price tag.  Weeds and bare brown patches may be the most obvious consequences.

To control the weeds synthetically, it is safe to use Weed Beater for Southern Lawns as long as the weather is below 90 degrees.  For the organic enthusiasts, Crabgrass Killer or Horticultural Vinegar can be applied directly to the existing weeds any time of year.  Also, good old fashioned pulling the weeds out is extremely effective.

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Weeds may not be the only problem you will face in the next several weeks.  With the warm days and cool nights fungus is beginning to brew.  You will want to protect what grass you may have left and strengthen it so next year you won’t be suffering from all issues that affect weak lawns.  First fertilize with a low-nitrogen lawn fertilizer.  Nitro Phos Fall Fertilizer 8-12-16, Turf Food with Mycorrihzal Fungi 4-2-2, and MicroLife 6-2-4 are all good options.  Nitrogen increases the probability of getting Brown Patch.

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Prevention is key.  To prevent weeds from appearing in the spring Nitro Phos Barricade can be applied right now.  A healthy lawn will push out any chance of weeds and prevent insect and fungal infestations.  Strengthening the root system in your lawn is essential for health.  Add Cotton Burr Compost or humates to your lawn to break up clay soils, increase microbial activity, and strengthen root systems.  Soil Menders Stimulate and MicroLife Humates Plus are products with humates.
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