Alright. So Booker, let’s talk a little
bit about putting the lawn to rest for the winter. And we have some
questions for you. – Ok, ok. – So here’s the first question,
what do I need to do to get my warm season grass
ready for the winter? – One of the things, Chris,
that they need to do now is check your grass out. See what problems
you’ve had this summer, you’ve had any low spots,
any brown spots in there, and try to control
and fix those spots. It could be you have a
tree begin to shade it out, you need to remove some
of the limbs off that to get more sun into that. Might want to do that
in the fall of the year, ’cause it’ll be a good time
of the year to prune trees. And just look over
your landscape now, see how your grass looks. You might even
re-sod, or add some sod, ’cause it’s a good
time to do that now. – Ok, so you can add sod
pretty much anytime right? – Anytime you can add sod,
you can’t sow seeds now. – Right, right. Ok, when should I stop fertilizing my lawn
for the summer? And again, we’re talking
about warm season lawns– – Warm season, zoysia
and bermuda grass. – Right, zoysia and
bermuda grass. Ok. – One of the things
about fertilizing your lawn, it’s normally based
on a soil test for your phosphorus and potassium. But nitrogen fertilizer
on warm season grass, you probably want to stop
somewhere close to around the last of September would
be a good time to do that, because you don’t want to get no
new growth in September because you could have an early
frost and damage that grass, and you’ll be wondering
next year why’s my grass not comin out so soon, because if it’s damaged going
into the springtime in the fall because you gave it
some nitrogen fertilizer. But hold back on your nitrogen
fertilizer probably somewhere close to the last
week of September. But phosphorus and potassium
based on a soil test because they can build up in the soil
and stay there for a period of time and nitrogen just
leaches itself out of the soil, but you can get
that flush of growth, and you don’t want to
have that growth now, because you never know in West
Tennessee when the weather going to come in strong and cold,
whatever it’s going to do. – [chuckles] Yeah, that’s
always hard to tell. – Hard to tell, yeah. – What about if you have a fescue lawn though, could you fertilize
your fescue lawn? – Well, fescue is a
cool season grass. It starts growing
probably in September, and October, November. This would be
a good time to add fertilizer to your fescue lawn, now. That’s a good time
to do that because it’s just beginning to grow now. A lot of times it’s been
setting still all summer long, then you see that now,
it begins to pick up, and I’ve got some bluegrass at
the office in our turf plot, it’s beginning to show
some signs of growth now, but all summer long
it’s been dormant. That’s because it’s
a cool season grass. – Right, cool season grass,
needs a hot summer to– – Hot summer, yeah. – It wants to go dormant. It’s excited now, even
to do some work itself. It’s going to start growing. – It’s about to come on in. – Ready to come on in now, yeah. – Alright, now is it too
late to de-thatch the lawn, and what do we
mean by de-thatch, first. – A lot of times we
have compact soil. You want to go in there and
loosen that soil up some. You can rent a machine and run
across that grass and loosen that soil up, so that
soil can breathe better. A lot of times our soil needs
to breath because those root systems get
compact down in there, and there’s no air
getting down there, so you need to loosen
that soil up sometimes. So for your warm season
grass, I wouldn’t do it now. – Right. – ‘Cause it’s getting
ready to go to sleep, you’re getting ready to
go to sleep and rest now, but for your fescue lawn, it’s
just getting ready to grow now, you can de-thatch
that right now. And you want to walk across your
lawn and just look at it and see what’s going on with it. Whether you have a lot
of traffic on there, a lot of compact areas on there,
you can tell that by looking at it sometimes, but you don’t, if
you haven’t done a lot the last three or four years, this would
be a good time to go rent you a thatcher, or buy one,
and de-thatch that lawn. And you’ll see a big difference,
when you de-thatch that grass you get water down
to the root system, fertilizer down to
the root system, all the things you add to
the lawn gets in there. I did mine a couple
years ago, and it’s really– – You can tell the difference? – You can tell the difference. – Ok, do you have to
use a de-thatcher? Can you use like a hard
rake or something like that? – No, if you’ve
got a small area, if I have a small area I might
use a rake or something like that, a garden rake and rake it
across there and try to loosen it up some, but if
I got a large area, [chuckles] then
for the time saving, might want to rent
you one for that. And check with your
neighbors sometimes, you could do it together if
he got a cool season grass. – That’s a good suggestion. – And so they might
want to do that together, let’s de-thatch our lawn. – Alright, so this next question
is one a lot of people are going to want to know. When should I put down a
pre-emerge in my lawn, because, of course,
you know those winter weeds are going to be coming. Your henbit, your
chickweed, your deadnettle. – I don’t know about you
Dr. Chris, I hate weeds. [laughing]
– I actually like weeds. – You like weeds? But when you see that lawn and
it’s got those weeds in there, you can tell, because weeds
are going to outgrow your grass. – Right, right, right. – When you say a pre-emerge, you
put some down before the weed begins to germinate. – Right. Pre. – Yeah pre,
before they germinate. Probably about the last of
September would be a good time to do that too,
sometime in October, you put it down, and most
pre-emerge herbicides probably need to be
watered into the lawn. And I try to watch the weather,
and when they say it’s going to rain, then I try
to put it out then, so it can get down into the soil
and get into the root system. And when you’re
doing a pre-emerge, you must cover the
whole, entire area. You go up and
down and cross ways, and always read the label. – Yeah read the label. – And you get a
complete cover there, and keep those weeds from
germinating in the springtime, and also the winter
weeds from germinating. And sometimes though if
you have a period of time, you might not get all
your weeds this time, some might sneak through there,
but a pre-emerge will help control those weeds,
and you can see the difference in the summertime. – What’s a good pre-emerge
that you would suggest? – Maybe something like
Dimension or Snapshot, or something–
– That’s good. – You could do
that around in there. Read the label, it will tell
you how much to put down at a certain time and then
how much to put down. And then put it down this way,
I’d probably put half going one, and half going the other way. Make sure I get a complete
cover on that pre-emerge. – Right, and Mr. D. did
demonstrate that before, how to do that. – Yeah that’s good. – Yeah, and it’s usually on the
label directions too as well. – On the label directions, yeah. – Ok. Yeah, make sure you get that watered in,
and those pre-emerge herbicides will help control
Poa annua as well. We know how tough
Poa Annua can be. – I have Poa
Annua in my yard man, ooh, it was rough. – It is tough. Ok, so how low should I cut my
warm season grass for winter to keep it from being damaged? – We get that call
all the time though, people want to know, it’s
going into the winter months, how low should I cut my grass to
make sure it will still do well. Some folks they want
to cut it real low. I like to keep mine at the same
heighth that I was cutting it during the regular time, if it’s
two and a half inches tall I want to keep it that
same height in there. Because you want to try to
protect those root systems from the cold weather, if
you have a hard freeze, protect those root systems. Another thing about
cutting your grass low now, people don’t realize this tough. Your root system
is still active. – That’s right. – Just because the grass
done turned brown and dormant, that’s because the
temperature did that. But those root systems are
very still active in the soil, if you need to, if we go
through a real dry period, you might need to
water that lawn sometime. I know you might look funny
out there in November– – [Chris laughs]
– (Mr. D.) When it’s cold. – But make sure your lawn
comes back real strong in the summertime, you need
to take care of that during the winter months. Some things we just need
to do in the wintertime, people don’t realize, but it
keeps that grass looking good. – Alright, and
speaking of watering, so of course we have
to water our lawns, right, in the
wintertime when it gets dry. – I know people want to
put their water hoses up, but you might have to get ’em
out and water that grass in the wintertime and stuff in there. That’s very rare but it
could happen sometimes. Alright, good stuff man. – Thanks. – So we’ll see about
putting that lawn to rest. – Putting that lawn to rest. – So we can get
some rest, right? – Need some rest, yeah. – Alright, thanks Booker,
appreciate that.