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Things to Do in the August Garden: Turf

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By mid-August, turf care begins to shift. Warm-season turfgrass is nearing the close of its establishment window, while it’s too early yet for establishing cool season turf. 

  • Split applications of fertilizer for warm-season turf continues through October, but it’s too early yet for fertilizing cool season turf. 
  • Continue to monitor for diseases, such as brown patch, dollar spot, or Pythium blight, affecting both cool- and warm-season turfgrasses. 
  • Insect activity may still be high. Monitor frequently for pests, such as chinch bugs, mole crickets, sod webworms, or grubs.