May Lawn Tips
You can fertilize your Bermuda, Zoysia, or Centipede lawn after it’s fully green and all danger of frost is past. At this point, even though no two springs are alike, your warm season lawn is probably greened up enough to start fertilizing in all 5 states where we’re located.
- Our 5-10-30 or 16-4-8 + Iron fertilizer is what to use this spring/summer for Zoysia lawns and Bermuda lawns. Order fertilizer for pick up or delivery or check out our Lawn Coach subscription.
- Your TifBlair Centipede should be fertilized with very little fertilizer. We have our own special formulation just for it with lower nitrogen: Centipede Formulation 5-10-30 + Iron. Order 5-10-30 for pick up or delivery or check out our Lawn Coach subscription.
- Start your engines! If your lawn is greened up, then it’s safe to aerate and topdress with Soil³ compost.
- The window for pre-emergent herbicide has closed and we’re now in the season of post-emergent herbicide in warm season lawns: You can apply post-emergent liquid herbicides like Quincept and 3-Way Max for weeds you can see now in establishedlawns. Read the label and follow instructions.
👍 Rule of Thumb: It’s okay to apply a post-emergent liquid herbicide labeled for warm season lawns (Quincept and 3-Way Max) after you’ve mowed your new lawn 3 to 4 times.
- Pulling by Hand: Is legit. Yes, you can get out there and hand weed. It won’t kill you. It’s actually nice arm exercise, it’s cheaper than chemicals, and sometimes it’s even quicker.
- Mowing: Mow those weeds down before they go to seed. Most winter weeds are going to seed & summer weeds are sprouting so get out there with your mower today! Mowing is an effective way to suppress weeds because it cuts off flower/seed heads and that stops weeds from making more weeds, thus breaking the life cycle. If you have bad weeds, mow on a weekly routine and don’t let the weeds get ahead of you.
- Mulch suppresses weed seeds in flower beds. Spread your favorite mulch 2-4″ thick and keep it 1-2″ away from touching the trunks or stems of your plants.
- Violets are a pretty, native woodland weed that can also take over your lawn. Read more on how to enjoy and/or eradicate them from your manicured lawn: How to Get Rid of Violet Weeds.
Mowing is the most important thing you can do for your lawn so we made an instructional video to drive (dare I say, mow?!) the point home.
Here are your specific Bermuda, Zoysia, and Centipede mowing tips for May:
- Mowing New Sod: Did you lay new sod? Our saying is to “mow as soon as there is something to mow.” In fact, mowing will promote growth! So don’t be timid. Mow it! Read: How Soon Should I Cut My Grass?
- Mowing Height: There is a healthy range for each type of lawn. Do you know the best height for your lawn? Look them up at: Summer Mowing for Warm Season Grasses