After the coldest April in more than 20 years across the U.S., we’re getting a lot of questions about why grass isn’t greening up and concern on the lasting effect of a colder than normal winter. Well, the good news is we’ve hit the warm-up and daily afternoon rain season making conditions just right for a green up June.
Whether Bermuda or Zoysia, the best way to stimulate new growth is aeration. Aeration provides a number of benefits that lead to a healthier lawn:
Allows water and nutrition to reach the roots
Loosens the soil tension
Alleviates soil compaction
Encourages deep root growth
Increases fertilizer uptake
Prevents thatch build up
Since Bermuda and Zoysia are both warm season grasses, aeration right now as part of the green up makes good sense. Immediately following aeration fertilize. The holes provide excellent soil exposure and allow the fertilizer to be delivered directly to the roots of the grass.
Bermuda and Zoysia grass types both like high-nitrogen-based fertilizers. Nitrogen is the nutrient most used by the grass and often is the material that burns the lawn when applied at excessive rates. Keeping that in mind, be sure to read directions and apply when daytime temps are cooler and grass leaves are dry. Always water thoroughly after application.