Discovery™ Bermudagrass Maintenance

Discovery™ Bermudagrass

Homeowner Maintenance Guide

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.5 – 1.5 inches
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1 inch per week
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Preventative Fungicide & Insecticide

Seasonal Maintenance Guides for Your Discovery™ Bermudagrass

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MOWING

When mowing during the summer, never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at a time. If you remove more than that, you will stress the grass and it may go brown for a short time. Taller blades provide more shade for your root system to stay cool and retain moisture during the hot summer days. If you are returning from vacation, you may have to mow multiple times to get the grass back to the desired height. Wait about three to five days between each mowing.

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WATERING

Do not over water the grass. Discovery only needs about one inch of water weekly. Water for longer periods of time, less frequently and in the early morning hours. Take rainfall into consideration.

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FERTILIZATION

For optimal results, feed your lawn monthly during the summer season by applying the Lawnifi Summer Box liquid fertilizer program.

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WEED CONTROL

Apply post-emergent herbicides as needed for control of summer annual and perennial broadleaf weeds like white clover, knotweed, spurge and lespedeza. Two or three applications 7–10 days apart are required to control crabgrass and goosegrass. If crabgrass and goosegrass are present, make a note to apply a pre-emergent herbicide next spring. Do not apply herbicides during a drought, when grass and weeds are not actively growing or when temperatures exceed 90 degrees. Consider spot treating weeds to avoid burning the grass during hot summer months.

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INSECT CONTROL

Check for and control any white grubs and nematodes.Treat with an insecticide if needed. If you use a granular variety, water the lawn immediately after application to help soil absorption. August is the best time to control grubs because they are small and feeding near the soil surface.

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FUNGUS CONTROL

Treat with a fungicide if needed. If you use a granular variety, water the lawn immediately after application to help soil absorption.

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MOWING

Mow less in cooler fall months. Leave your bermudagrass lawn slightly higher than normal to encourage deeper root growth for winter. Adjust mower settings up one notch.
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WATERING

Water less. As temperatures drop grasses don’t need as much irrigation. Too much watering can lead to lawn disease.
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FERTILIZATION

For optimal results, feed your lawn monthly during the fall season by applying the Lawnifi Fall Box liquid fertilizer program.
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WEED CONTROL

If you haven’t had past problems with winter weeds, you can forgo herbicide in the fall. If you do get winter weeds, apply a pre-emergent herbicide for prevention.
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FUNGUS/INSECT

Apply fungicide. This will help the grass enter colder months in healthier condition. If you have had fungus before, you may need multiple applications in affected areas.

Treat with broad-spectrum insecticide. If you use a granular variety, water the lawn immediately after application to help get it into the soil.

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MOWING

Keep Discovery mowed between .5 and 1.5 inches.
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WATERING

Don’t overwater. In the active growing season, Discovery needs about 1” of water a week, from natural rainfall or irrigation. Too much water can cause fungus.
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FERTILIZATION

For optimal results, feed your lawn monthly during the fall season by applying the Lawnifi Summer Box liquid fertilizer program.
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WEED CONTROL

Apply pre-emergent herbicide. This will cut down on summer weeds.
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FUNGUS/INSECT

Apply fungicide (if needed). If you have had a fungus or disease in your Discovery in the past or have quite a bit of shade in the yard, you should apply a systemic fungicide to prevent future outbreaks.

If you have experienced insect issues in the past, treat with broad-spectrum insecticide. If you use a granular insecticide, water the lawn immediately after application to help get it into the soil.

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SUMMER
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MOWING

When mowing during the summer, never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at a time. If you remove more than that, you will stress the grass and it may go brown for a short time. Taller blades provide more shade for your root system to stay cool and retain moisture during the hot summer days. If you are returning from vacation, you may have to mow multiple times to get the grass back to the desired height. Wait about three to five days between each mowing.

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WATERING

Do not over water the grass. Discovery only needs about one inch of water weekly. Water for longer periods of time, less frequently and in the early morning hours. Take rainfall into consideration.

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FERTILIZATION

For optimal results, feed your lawn monthly during the summer season by applying the Lawnifi Summer Box liquid fertilizer program.

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WEED CONTROL

Apply post-emergent herbicides as needed for control of summer annual and perennial broadleaf weeds like white clover, knotweed, spurge and lespedeza. Two or three applications 7–10 days apart are required to control crabgrass and goosegrass. If crabgrass and goosegrass are present, make a note to apply a pre-emergent herbicide next spring. Do not apply herbicides during a drought, when grass and weeds are not actively growing or when temperatures exceed 90 degrees. Consider spot treating weeds to avoid burning the grass during hot summer months.

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INSECT CONTROL

Check for and control any white grubs and nematodes.Treat with an insecticide if needed. If you use a granular variety, water the lawn immediately after application to help soil absorption. August is the best time to control grubs because they are small and feeding near the soil surface.

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FUNGUS CONTROL

Treat with a fungicide if needed. If you use a granular variety, water the lawn immediately after application to help soil absorption.

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FALL
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MOWING

Mow less in cooler fall months. Leave your bermudagrass lawn slightly higher than normal to encourage deeper root growth for winter. Adjust mower settings up one notch.
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WATERING

Water less. As temperatures drop grasses don’t need as much irrigation. Too much watering can lead to lawn disease.
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FERTILIZATION

For optimal results, feed your lawn monthly during the fall season by applying the Lawnifi Fall Box liquid fertilizer program.
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WEED CONTROL

If you haven’t had past problems with winter weeds, you can forgo herbicide in the fall. If you do get winter weeds, apply a pre-emergent herbicide for prevention.
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FUNGUS/INSECT

Apply fungicide. This will help the grass enter colder months in healthier condition. If you have had fungus before, you may need multiple applications in affected areas.

Treat with broad-spectrum insecticide. If you use a granular variety, water the lawn immediately after application to help get it into the soil.

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SPRING
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MOWING

Keep Discovery mowed between .5 and 1.5 inches.
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WATERING

Don’t overwater. In the active growing season, Discovery needs about 1” of water a week, from natural rainfall or irrigation. Too much water can cause fungus.
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FERTILIZATION

For optimal results, feed your lawn monthly during the fall season by applying the Lawnifi Summer Box liquid fertilizer program.
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WEED CONTROL

Apply pre-emergent herbicide. This will cut down on summer weeds.
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FUNGUS/INSECT

Apply fungicide (if needed). If you have had a fungus or disease in your Discovery in the past or have quite a bit of shade in the yard, you should apply a systemic fungicide to prevent future outbreaks.

If you have experienced insect issues in the past, treat with broad-spectrum insecticide. If you use a granular insecticide, water the lawn immediately after application to help get it into the soil.

Discovery™ Bermudagrass Maintenance Tips

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SOIL MANAGEMENT

  • Soil test every two years.
  • Amend soil to maintain pH between 6.0 and 7.0
  • Know your soil type!

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MOWING

  • Sharpen blades every spring.
  • Keep mowed between .5 to 1.5 inches
  • Don’t cut of more than 1/3 the blade

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IRRIGATION

  • Don’t overwater.
  • Water less in cooler fall months.
  • About 1 inch a week total irrigation spring & summer.
  • Water deeply, frequently, and in early AM.

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WEED CONTROL

  • Pre-emergents prevent weeds from germinating.
  • Post-emergents kill weeds after they germinate.
  • A thick, luch lawn is the best deterrent to weeds.

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DISEASE CONTROL

  • Overly wet grass + shade = fungus problems.
  • Apply systemic fungicide to prevent fungus outbreaks.
  • Use multiple fungicide applications to treat affected areas.

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INSECT CONTROL

  • Use a broad spectrum insecticide that controls chinch bugs.
  • For a once-a-year treatment, July & August are good months.
  • If using a granular insecticide, water in after application.
  • Look for insect damage on grass blades and/or roots.

A WORD OF CAUTION FOR NEWLY SODDED LAWNS

A pre-emergent contains a chemical that prevents a weed from putting down roots. Because it is a root inhibitor, it can also negatively affect your new lawn, which is trying to establish itself by putting down roots.

If you successfully killed and removed your old lawn, including all the weeds in it, your newly sodded lawn should have relatively few weeds. It is suggested that you hand pick weeds out of your newly sodded lawn for the first season.

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