Palmetto – Maintenance Guide
- Mow your Palmetto at a height of 2 inches for the first mow of the spring. Keep mowed between 2–2.5 inches for the remainder of spring.
Fertilize your lawn.
Don’t overwater. In the active growing season, Palmetto needs about one inch of water perweek from natural rainfall or irrigation.
- In the active growing season, Palmetto needs about one inch of water per week from naturalrainfall or irrigation
- Apply a broad-spectrum insecticide to prevent spring insects from appearing or to control anycurrent spring insects like chinch bugs or white grubs.
Apply a systemic fungicide at a preventive rate to keep disease from taking hold of your lawn.If you see circular patches of brown or dead grass, do not apply fertilizer until you’ve applied asystemic fungicide at a curative rate and your grass has recovered
Palmetto mowing heights during the summer range from about 2–2.5 inches. When mowingduring the summer, never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at a time.
Fertilize your lawn.
Do not overwater the grass. Palmetto only needs about one inch of water weekly. Water forlonger periods of time, less frequently and in the early morning hours.
- It is not recommended that you apply an herbicide at this time because when temperaturesexceed 85 degrees Fahrenheit, the herbicide will damage the grass.
- Watch out for chinch bugs, grub worms, mole crickets, sod webworms, fall armyworms andnematodes. Apply a broad-spectrum insecticide to prevent or treat any insects.
Apply a systemic fungicide if needed.
During the fall, mowing will occur less often—keeping your Palmetto slightly higher willencourage deeper root growth for winter.
•Fertilize your lawn.
Water less as temperatures drop—too much water will lead to disease.
Apply pre-emergent herbicides to control winter weeds. Apply post-emergent herbicides onlywhen weeds are present.
- Check for and control any sod webworms, fall armyworms or white grubs. Treat with aninsecticide if needed.
It is recommended you apply a fungicide at preventative rates as this will help the grass entercolder months in a healthier condition. If you see circular patches of brown or dead grass, do not apply fertilizer until you’ve applied a systemic fungicide at a curative rate and your grass has recovered.