April 7 2007 Timely Tips




April 7, 2007

Do not fertilize your lawn yet. Mow your lawn at least three times or wait until about April 15. After that time, consider applying a 19-5-9 synthetic fertilizer or a 4-2-3 organic analysis.

Tune up your lawnmower, and be sure the blade is properly sharpened. A properly sharpened lawn mower blade cuts the grass; a dull blade tears the grass blades.

It’s a good time to re-sod or plant grass. If you have any shady or semi-shaded areas, you must use a St. Augustinegrass or a ground cover. The best and only St. Augustine grass which should be planted in this area is the Flora-TAM St. Augustine.

If your St. Augustine is a little chlorotic (yellow), try six tablespoons of iron sulfate dissolved in one gallon of water used as a spray. It’s not a cure-all, just a quick picker-upper. For long term greening and prevention of yellowing, consider Texas Green Sand at a rate of 10-20 pounds per 1,000 square feet.

Start the automatic sprinkler system if we have not had rain for two weeks.

David Rodriguez is County Extension Agent-Horticulture with Texas Cooperative Extension 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.

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