LAWN CARE / BERMUDA GRASS
INFORMATION PROVIDED BY SALUDA HILLS LANDSCAPING
Realizing that every lawn presents an individual care challenge, we will attempt to outline some general recommendations
that should insure healthy and enjoyable grass in your yard.
Remember that your lawn care professional is your best insurance against problems, but with reasonable diligence and
discipline toward a program of fertilization, mowing, and water most lawns will thrice and add pleasure and value to your
January – Gather a soil sample from several places in your yard and take it to the local county agents office for a soil
analysis. This will indicate any deficiencies in nutrients or need for lime. Follow recommendations from the testing
During hot dry weather with automatic irrigation system set up to water at 6:00 A.M. for 30 minutes per station every day
if no rain as supply will allow. Soil types vary above amount of water may need to be adjusted to produce a soil that will
hold when pinched between fingers but not soggy.
All types of lawn grass should be mowed with sharp blades. Most lawn mowers are not kept sharp enough to produce the
best looking lawn.
Never mow more than 1/3 of the leaf height at a time. If lawn grows out of control and reaches excessive height take it
down in two separate mowings. Allow a couple of days between mowing. This will reduce the stress that severe mowing
will cause. Try to remove clippings after every mowing. This will prevent thatch build up.
Do not mow lawn when under stress from lack of water. Mowing during extremely dry conditions can kill your lawn.
If manual watering is necessary please be consistent with above recommendations. Helpful hint: Place sprinkler heads for
maximum coverage and leave in place. Move hose as few times as possible.
April 15 – Apply 5lbs per 1000 sq. ft. of 20/0/20 fertilizer with minor elements added such as Fe, Mg, Mn, Ca, Bo, S, etc.
May 15 - Repeat fertilizer application
June 15 – 1. Repeat fertilizer application. 2. Spray lawn with Orthene or comparable insecticide for control of mole
crickets, grub worms, sod webworms, spittlebugs, etc. Spray Orthene 75 S at 2 oz. per 1000 sq. ft.
July 15 –Repeat insecticide application.
Aeration of sod is recommended if proper rooting does not occur within 6 weeks of installation. Recommended tool is a
pitchfork of similar device.