Asked on Jan 12, 2012

I live in the Hope Mills/Fayetteville NC area. I have a Bermuda lawn. What should I apply in January?

Mike and AnneTravis P360 Sod (Donna Dixson)


This lawn is about 4 years old and it is wise to add a pre-emergent for weed control?
5 answers
  • 3po3
    on Jan 13, 2012

    Your cooperative extension folks suggest the following for January Bermuda maintenance in your area: "DO NOT fertilize at this time. Submit soil samples for analysis every 3 years to determine nutrient requirements. Based on the results of your soil test, apply lime or sulfur to adjust soil not respond to water or fertilizer. This results in thin, weak areas that are prone to weed invasion. Apply broadleaf herbicides as necessary for control of winter annual weeds like chickweed and henbit. Atrazine or simazine can be applied in November or December to control annual bluegrass and winter annual broadleaf weeds." Here's the link for more details:

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jan 13, 2012

    Blooming forsythia are generally a good clue that it is time to apply a pre-emergent, Dwayne. (That is, unless they've been forced into bloom by unseasonably warm temperatures.)

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Jan 13, 2012

    For us here it is time for Crabgrass pre- emergent on Bermuda

  • Travis P
    on Jan 13, 2012

    Hi Dwayne. Since Bermuda never requires over seeding, Pre-Emergent can be applied at any time. It's never too late, except for the weeds that are already growing. Nitrogen is the fertilizer to avoid when the grass is dormant, but adding potassium will not promote green growth. Pre-Emergent prevents more than just crabgrass and will remain effective for up to four(4) months and crabgrass is a late germinator. A second application in 3 or 4 months will continue the protection. Read more here:

  • Mike and Anne
    on Jan 14, 2012

    Some pre-emergents do not work well in cold weather so check labels carefully before you apply anything. Early to mid-February is the time to apply in your area. The usual saying is to apply when Forsythia is in full bloom. The Forsythia bloomed a bit early in some neighborhoods this year but I think mid-February is still not too late.

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