TEXAS AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE
BEXAR COUNTY BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ
April 9, 2011
Warm season turfgrass types, which include Floratam St. Augustine, TiffWay 419 Bermuda, and El Toro Zoysia, should be fertilized with a slow-release nitrogen formulation. Such brands include, the 19-5-9 Independent Label as well as the Scotts Super Turf Builder 32-0-4 analysis.
Mow turfgrasses with a mulching mower to incorporate the grass clippings back into the soil to re-release ‘free’ nutrients.
If bagging of grass clippings are necessary, do not place them on the curve in a plastic bag and use up space in are overburden landfills. Better yet, spread the clippings out to dry and incorporate them into a well balanced compost pile.
Use a water-soluble plant food such as a 20-20-20 or 6-12-6 analysis for the first four waterings of recently planted annuals and perennials.
David Rodriguez is the County Extension Agent-Horticulture with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County. For more information, call the Master Gardener “Hotline” (210) 467-6575 or visit our County Extension website at http://bexar-tx.tamu.edu.