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Seasonal Tips & Trends

  • Fall Time Tips!
  • As soil temperatures begin to decrease during late summer and fall, warm season grasses (Bermuda, Zoysia, etc.) will begin going dormant and a pre-emergent should be applied to protect against cool season weeds.  Fescue lawns will need aeration and seeding coupled with a lime and an organic-based starter fertilzer.  What does this mean for your lawn and what should you be doing about it?  Read below to find out what you should be doing this fall to your lawn.
  • Recommended Fall Treatments:
  • Fescue Lawns: For beginner lawns, you may need to apply a selective herbicide (weed killer) to control any lingering summer weeds prior to aeration and seeding.  It's very important to read the label of the weed killer to realize the required time between applying the herbicide and when it is ok to aerate and overseed.  Some residuals can last up to six weeks of waiting time.  De-thatching your lawn after this may be necessary as well.  When ready to seed, it is very important to perform a VERY thorough aeration.  Going over twice (criss-cross pattern) should be standard.  Any areas that are bare need at least 3-4 passes or more.  The key to seed germination is soil-to-seed contact ratio and water.  So, the more soil and/or holes that are exposed during the aeration process, the higher the germination rate will be.  Beginner lawns will need 6lbs of seed per 1000sf of turf area.  Be careful not to apply too much seed as this will cause overcrowding and disease potential in the spring of next year.  The key is to trust the process.  Apply your starter fertilizer and lime AFTER aeration and seeding.  Introducing an organic-rich starter fertilizer only enhances the microbial activity and will help build a very healthy soil profile and increased drought tolerance for next year.  The same procedure should be followed for established lawns, however, a double pattern aeration would suffice and use around 3lbs of seed per 1000sf of turf.  After aeration, seeding, starter fertilizer and lime application, we recommend our clients water 2-3 times per day at 10-15 minutes each zone for 2 weeks.  Every lawn has its own microclimate so watering times may vary greatly depending on how much sun you recieve, how warm it is outside, etc.  The key here is to keep the seed and soil moist.  Keep pets and foot traffic off your lawn for 3-4 weeks if possible.  Germination should occur between 10-14 days after the seeding process.  Grass you plant in the fall only reaches about 50% maturity during the fall and winter.  Full maturity will occur around April of NEXT year and this is when you will see the full benefits of what you've done this fall.  It is imperative that you continuously keep the lawn free of leaves (use a blower and NEVER rake) throughout the fall season.  Leaves left on the ground for as little as one week will hinder the ability of the new grass to emerge and thrive.  We recommend applying a top growth enhancer fertilizer around 30 days after seeding to give the growing process a boost into winter.  Stay tuned for winter tips!  
  • Warm Season Grasses such as Bermuda and Zoysia: The pre-emergent you apply should last 3-4 months.  Use a selective herbicide periodically to zap any fall weeds that poke through during the fall and winter. Now that soil temps are on the decline, you will begin to see the hearty grasses start to become dormant.  When the plant is 100% dormant (completely brown), consider using vinegar mixed with water as your organic approach for weed control.  NEVER use vinegar and water during the growing season (when your grass is green) as this will burn any areas where it is applied.



Seasonal Tips & Trends - Old Man Winter is Among Us!


As soil temperatures begin to decrease during the late Fall and Winter, lawns begin to grow dormant and become prone to nature's cool season weeds and insects.


Recommended Winter Treatments:

Fescue Lawns- Control Winter weeds now with a post emergent herbicide!  It is also very important to apply a higher nitrogen fertilizer to maintain the beautiful green color of your lawn throughout the winter.  Weed seedlings that have remained asleep within your soil during the warm season, especially chickweed and dandelion, are soon going to be woken up (if not already) with cooler soil temperatures. 

Your soil is most inactive during the cool season of the Carolinas.  This means all of the little beneficial microbes, fungi and bugs begin to slow their activity which is why Introducing an higher nitrogen fertilizer to your fescue lawn only supplements the lack of microbial activity and will help the green color keep over the Winter.

 Bermuda/Zoysia Lawns - if you were on top of your game, you placed an organic based pre-emergent down on your lawn in September BEFORE your warm season grass went dormant.  After dormancy, there are very little benefits to adding ANY fertilizer to your lawn.  In fact, it is irresponsible. Your lawn becomes 100% asleep and not even a very toxic Round-Up (which we don't use) application would affect your lawn's health.  Keep a small supply of an organic non-selective herbicide handy for spot treating any winter weeds that may pop up.





Welcome To Organic Lawns

Organic Lawns' ™ approach to lawn care is unique and revolutionary. For us, it all starts with the soil. The foundation of all turf and plant health begins with healthy soil. Our bio-enhanced, custom blended and fortified organic based fertilizers help to detoxify and buffer the chemicals and salts that prevent bioactivity in the soil. Our Program helps to generate new soil-improving microbes as well as providing numerous plant trace nutrients and bio-stimulants. Our program contains a variety of products like natural composts, organic based fertilizers, amino acids, rooting and growth hormones, microorganism and beneficial bacteria, and in some cases, custom blended compost tea applications.

Our program is designed to develop a thick, healthy, green lawn using organic and organic based products. Our focus is on creating healthy lawns thru proper soil management by using an integrated organic based approach to turf management. It's much more than just fertilizer program; it's a concept. We use only quality, custom blended, bio-enhanced organic fertilizers.