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Latitude 36® Bermudagrass

Homeowner Maintenance Guide
Cold Tolerant
Excellent Recovery
Fine Texture
Wear Tolerant

Fall Maintenance Video

Seasonal Guides for Your Latitude 36® Maintenance
FALL
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Mowing

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.

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Watering

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.

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Fertilization

For optimal results, feed your lawn monthly during the fall season by applying the Lawnifi’s Fall Fertilizer Box or apply Lawnifi Foundation once every three months.

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Weed Control

Apply pre-emergent herbicides to control winter annual and perennial weeds like chickweedhenbitPoa annua or purple deadnettle. Apply post-emergent herbicides only when weeds are present.

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Insect Control

Check for and control any white grubs. Treat with an insecticide if needed.

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Fungus Control

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).

SPRING
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Mowing

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.

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Watering

Don’t overwater. In the active growing season, Latitude 36 needs about 1-inch of water a week from natural rainfall or irrigation.

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Fertilization

For optimal results, feed your lawn during the spring season by applying Lawnifi Foundation, a granular fertilizer, or the Lawnifi Spring Fertilizer Box.

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Weed Control

Apply a pre-emergent herbicide when soil temperatures reach 55 degrees Fahrenheit. This will prevent summer annual weeds like crabgrass and goosegrass from plaguing your lawn and garden.

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Insect Control

Apply a broad-spectrum insecticide to prevent spring insects from appearing or to control any current spring insects like white grubs or sod webworms.

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Fungus Control

Apply a systemic fungicide at a preventive rate to keep disease from taking hold of your lawn.

SUMMER
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Mowing

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.

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Watering

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.

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Fertilization

For optimal results, feed your lawn monthly during the summer season by applying the Lawnifi’s Summer Fertilizer Box or apply Lawnifi Foundation once every three months.

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Weed Control

It is not recommended that you apply an herbicide at this time. Once temperatures exceed 85 degrees Fahrenheit, the herbicide will damage the grass.

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Insect Control

Check for and control any white grubs. August is the best time to control grubs because they are small and feeding near the soil surface. Other insects to look out for include sod webworms, fall armyworms, billbugs, mole crickets.

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Fungus Control

Treat with a broad-spectrum fungicide like Heritage if needed. Dollar spot may be an issue at this time.

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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