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Palmetto – Maintenance Guide

SPRING

MOWING

  • 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.

FERTRILIZER

Fertilize your lawn.

WATERING

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

WEED CONTROL

  • Apply a broad-spectrum insecticide to prevent spring insects from appearing or to control anycurrent spring insects like chinch bugs or white grubs.

FUNGUS CONTROL

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

SUMMER

MOWING

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. 

FERTILZATION

Fertilize your lawn. 

WATERING

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.

WEED CONTROL

  • It is not recommended that you apply an herbicide at this time because when temperaturesexceed 85 degrees Fahrenheit, the herbicide will damage the grass.

INSECT CONTROL

  • 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.

FUNGUS CONTROL

Apply a systemic fungicide if needed.

FALL

MOWING

During the fall, mowing will occur less often—keeping your Palmetto slightly higher willencourage deeper root growth for winter.

•Fertilize your lawn. 

WATERING

Water less as temperatures drop—too much water will lead to disease.

WEED CONTROL

Apply pre-emergent herbicides to control winter weeds. Apply post-emergent herbicides onlywhen weeds are present.

INSECT CONTROL

  • Check for and control any sod webworms, fall armyworms or white grubs. Treat with aninsecticide if needed.

FUNGUS CONTROL

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.

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