Planting

It is too late to overseed and too early to spread seeds for warm weather grasses. You can lay sod during this month although it will not be green since it is dormant.

Fertilizing

If you over seeded with a cool season grass you can apply fertilizer the middle of this month.

Pest Control

Winter weeds may be found during this month.

Mowing

Mow over seeded lawns as needed. Ryegrass is mowed to a height of 1 to 2 inches, so it should be cut when it has grown 1 ½ to 3 inches tall.

Watering

Normally cool, moist weather generally makes irrigation unnecessary during this month.

Planting

It is not the proper time of the year to plant either cool or warm weather grass seed. You can plant sod, it will be dormant and brown when planted, but it will green up in March or April. If severe freezing temperatures occur the newly laid sod can be damaged though.

Fertilizing

No fertilizer is necessary this month.

Pest Control

Use a weed-control product to eliminate broadleaf weeds. Do not use a weed-and-feed though – it is too early in the season for that.

Mowing

Continue to mow cool season grasses.

Watering

If the weather turns dry and you have ryegrass growing, irrigation may be necessary.

Planting

It is still too early to plant warm season grass seed, but you can lay sod.

Fertilizing

Warm-season grasses are just waking up and reestablishing a strong root system. Wait until early April to apply the first fertilizer application.

Pest Control

Apply a weed preventing pre-emergent to help prevent summer weeds.

Mowing

If sufficient growth occurs you should mow. Do not mow grass especially short the first few times. Scalping the lawn is not recommended and can lead to a weakened root system.

Watering

If needed, water thoroughly. This encourages roots to grow deep.

Planting

This month begins the prime planting season for warm-season grasses which runs until August or September.

Fertilizing

Fertilizer helps produce a lush, vigorous, dark green lawn. Although all lawns will benefit from an application of fertilizer those that have been damaged or are in low vigor certainly should be fertilized.

Pest Control

Apply broadleaf weedkillers now and next month. Read the label since not all are safe for all types of grass. Many products combine several weed control aids in one formulation making them effective in controlling a wide variety of weeds.

Mowing

Make sure your blades are sharp and mow as needed.

Watering

Watch the weather and if it is dry water thoroughly and deeply as needed.

Planting

Warm-season grasses may be done through September. Planting now gives the grass allows it to establish over the long summer months and better endure the cold of its first winter.

Fertilizing

If you didn’t last month do so this month.

Pest Control

This is the last month to apply broadleaf weedkillers before the weather becomes hot.

Mowing

Ideally, no more than the top third of the grass blades should be cut each time you mow.

Watering

Your lawn requires ½ to 1 inch of water per week. If we haven’t received that amount of rain, then irrigation becomes necessary.

Planting

Continue to plant warm-season grasses throughout the summer.

Fertilizing

Lawns (other than centipede) that were fertilized in April may be fertilized again this month. Also fertilize lawns sodded in April or early May.

Pest Control

Watch for chinch bugs – look for areas of dead, straw-like grass starting in sunny, hot areas of the lawn. Treat with insect-control aids.

Mowing

Recommended mower heights:
Common Bermuda: 1 to 1 ½ inches
Hybrid Bermuda: ½ to 1 inch
Centipede: 1 to 2 inches
St Augustine: 2 – 3 inches
Zoysia: ½ to 1 ½ inches

Watering

Continue to apply 1/2 inch of water to the lawn twice a week if the weather is dry.

Planting

Continue to plant lawns despite the heat as long as you can give them adequate water.

Fertilizing

If you last fertilized in April you might fertilize again. Fertilizer will create a deeper green color.

Pest Control

Chinch bugs continue to be a problem.

Mowing

Mow regularly at recommended heights.

Watering

Do not water lightly every day, this encourages diseases and creates a shallow root system. Apply sufficient water when irrigating to reach a depth of 6 to 8 inches.

Planting

Continue to plant warm-season grasses.

Fertilizing

Apply a fertilizer that has a high first number, a low second number and a third number somewhere in between.

Pest Control

Fleas infest lawns this time of year and can be easily treated.

Mowing

Continue to mow as needed.

Watering

Unless at least ½ inch of rain falls, it should not be considered a “good rain” and additional irrigation will be needed.

Planting

This is the last month to plant warm-season lawn seeds.

Fertilizing

Wait till the end of October to winterize your Texas lawn.

Pest Control

Watch for army worms – they chew grass blades and can make the lawn look terrible.

Mowing

Don’t let your grass get overgrown before mowing.

Watering

Water as needed.

Planting

Plant ryegrass seed this month.

Fertilizing

Winterize your lawn at the end of this month. This helps the grass not only make it through winter, but gives it a boost in spring!

Pest Control

Brown patch may appear if the weather is unusually wet. Apply weed prevention aids to the lawn to control cool-season annual weeds

Mowing

Do not mow an over seeded lawn the first time until the new grass is 1 – 2 inches high.

Watering

Do not allow turfgrass to go into dormancy without receiving adequate water. Water deeply and thoroughly if a good rain does not occur for 0 to 14 days during this time of year.

Planting

Continue to overseed ryegrass if you have not already done so.

Fertilizing

Fertilize ryegrass planted in October in late November after the warm season grass has gone dormant.

Pest Control

Apply a preemergence herbicide early this month if you did not do so in October.

Mowing

Mow ryegrass regularly. Set the mower to a height of 1 to 2 inches.

Watering

In normal circumstances enough rain should fall this month to make it unnecessary to irrigate.

Planting

Ryegrass can be planted through the winter. Dormant sodding of warm-season grasses (St. Augustine, Bermuda, Centipede) can be done but the turf can be damaged by a freeze.

Fertilizing

Fertilize ryegrass after your warm-season grass has gone dormant (turned brown). The ryegrass will turn a darker shade of green and will also grow vigorously.

Pest Control

Pest control is minimal this time of the year

Mowing

Keep ryegrass mowed to a height of 2 inches.

Watering

Dormant warm-season grasses will usually receive enough water through rainfall. Lawns over seeded with ryegrass may need to be watered if the weather is mild and dry.