Gardening in June in The Woodlands

By: Lawn Ranger Company, Inc. | Published 06/02/2024


Lawn Tips

Fertilizer: The Key to a Healthy Lawn

Among all the enhancements and applications we make to our lawns, fertilizer is by far the most common. It nourishes the turf, promoting health and resilience. A healthy lawn can better withstand disease, drought, heat, and foot traffic. However, applying the right amount of fertilizer is crucial—too much or too little can undermine the benefits you seek.

Over-fertilizing can cause foliar burning and even stimulate disease, insect, and weed activity. On the other hand, under-fertilizing can result in a lawn that fails to thrive, making it more vulnerable to these same problems.

Plants require at least 18 elements for proper growth, most of which they obtain through natural soil processes. However, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (N-P-K) are needed in larger quantities, which is why fertilizers focus on these three critical elements.

When choosing a fertilizer, select the right product and application regimen for the time of year and the condition of your soil. Be especially cautious with fertilizers containing herbicides, often referred to as "weed-and-feed." Follow the directions meticulously, as incorrect usage can harm trees and shrubs. Remember, most herbicides cannot differentiate between desirable and undesirable plants—caution is paramount!

Chinch Bugs

Insect problems like chinch bugs and mole crickets may need attention this month. Chinch bugs suck the sap from grass and are particularly damaging during hot, dry weather. Look for areas of dead, straw-like grass in sunny, hot spots, especially near concrete driveways and sidewalks. Treat affected areas with products labeled for chinch bug control in lawns.

A Word About Roses

If you didn't fertilize your roses last month, you can do so now. Use your preferred rose fertilizer, or opt for a premium, long-lasting, slow-release variety. Always read and follow the label instructions.

Despite the persistent pest problems roses face, don't give up! A weekly spraying regimen with a product that combines fungus and insect control is essential. Additionally, keep weeds in check by regularly hand-pulling and applying mulch 3-4 inches deep. Collect and dispose of diseased leaves that yellow and drop from your rosebushes to help reduce blackspot problems.

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