Seasonal Guides for Your Palmetto Maintenance
Don’t overwater. In the active growing season, Palmetto needs about 1 inch of water a week from natural rainfall or irrigation.
Palmetto mowing heights during the summer generally range from about 2–2.5 inches. When mowing during the summer, never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at a time.
Do not overwater the grass. Palmetto 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.
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 Palmetto slightly higher than the regular 2–2.5 inch height 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.
It’s recommended you apply a fungicide at preventative rates as this will help the grass enter colder months in a healthier condition.
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.