Seasonal Guides for Your Latitude 36® Maintenance
For the first mow of the spring, remove dormant grass leaves to promote new growth by dropping your mower down a notch and giving it a “buzz-cut” with a rotary mower that has a sharpened blade. Bag up all the material to keep excess clipping from clumping or causing disease. After your initial “buzz-cut”, begin mowing your Latitude 36 at the desired height of 0.5–1.5 inches.
Don’t overwater. In the active growing season, Latitude 36 needs about 1-inch of water a week from natural rainfall or irrigation.
Latitude 36 Bermudagrass mowing heights during the summer generally range from about 0.5–1.5 inches. When mowing during the summer, never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at a time.
Do not overwater the grass. Latitude 36 Bermudagrass only needs about 1-inch of water weekly. Water for longer periods of time, less frequently and in the early morning hours. Take rainfall into consideration.
It is not recommended that you apply an herbicide at this time. Once temperatures exceed 85 degrees Fahrenheit, the herbicide will damage the grass.
During the fall, mowing will occur less often—keeping your Latitude 36 slightly higher will encourage deeper root growth which helps it survive in colder temperatures and during winter dormancy.
Water less as temperatures drop—too much water will lead to disease. Water to prevent drought stress while grass is actively growing and after the beginning stages of dormancy to prevent dehydration.
It is recommended you apply a fungicide at preventative rates as this will help the grass enter colder months in a healthier condition. If spring dead spot was a problem, apply a fungicide at high rates to the problem area(s).
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.