Brothers Lawn Service & Landscaping

Step-By-Step Guide For A Perfect Lawn In Louisiana

Quick Links

At Brothers Lawn Service, we know what it takes to create that perfect lawn you have been striving to attain, and we want to share our knowledge with you. Every time we start a new job, it is always our goal to create the best lawn in Louisiana, and this guide will help you understand what it takes to reach that goal!

We have an 8-step fertilization and weed control program that is designed to give you long-lasting results that will even carry into the next year! The steps laid out below are taken from our 8-step program, and we have included directions for how and when to mow and water two of the most common grass types in Louisiana—St. Augustine grass and centipede grass. Fertilizing, controlling weeds, mowing, and watering (plus a few additional services, if needed) are the fundamentals of creating the perfect lawn. When applied correctly, these treatments will make your lawn the envy of the neighborhood. 

If you have struggled to get your lawn to grow for years and you think it is time to start over, don’t forget to ask us about our sodding services. While this guide can certainly help you care for and maintain the perfect lawn, there must first be an established lawn and root system for any of these treatments to work. Call us today at (337) 781-7494 to find out all the ways we can provide you with the perfect lawn in Louisiana!

Late Winter/Before Spring

Fertilization & Weed Control

Focus more on weed control and less on fertilization, as it is a bit too cold at this point in the year to be applying fertilization treatments. However, applying weed control treatments this early in the season is a great way to nip weeds in the bud! 

  • Apply pre-emergent weed control to prevent any weeds that may have been dormant all winter. 
  • Apply post-emergent weed control to any areas where weeds currently exist. 

 

Mowing & Watering

Lawn mowing and watering are not typically needed/recommended this early in the year.

 

Early Spring

Fertilization & Weed Control

This is a good time of year to start thinking about fertilizer treatments. Even introducing a small amount of only potassium will help create a good foundation for your lawn and future fertilizer treatments. Focus at this step should still be on weed control because this is the time of year when weeds typically begin to pop up in lawns. Dandelions, crabgrass, chickweed, clovers, and other types of weeds are all common in Louisiana and should be treated appropriately. 

  • Introduce potash at this stage to stimulate root development and get your lawn established early in the year. 
  • Apply pre-emergent weed control to prevent any weeds that may have been dormant all winter. 
  • Apply post-emergent weed control to any areas where weeds currently exist. 
  • If needed, this is a good time of year to apply fungicides and pesticides before any kind of infestation has time to spread.

 

Mowing & Watering

Around mid to late March, depending on the particular condition of your lawn, you should begin a weekly mowing schedule to ensure consistent and uniform growth all season long. Watering routines should begin closer to April, and they can be slightly more frequent this early in the year. Always remember to water your lawn in the early morning to allow enough time for your turf to dry/absorb the water.

  • Mow St. Augustine grass at a height of 2-3 inches.
  • Mow centipede grass at a height of 1-2 inches.
  • Water every other day for 15-30 minutes per zone.
  • Water your lawn between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. to avoid fungal lawn diseases.

Late Spring

Fertilization & Weed Control

This is the time of year when full fertilization treatments should start. Depending on the needs of your lawn, the specialists at Brothers utilize either a granular or liquid fertilizer that is specifically designed to improve the color and thickness of your lawn. Weed control efforts should start focusing on perennial weeds that are already above ground. 

  • Apply a fertilizer that contains nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (NPK).
  • Apply post-emergent weed control to any areas where weeds currently exist. 
  • If your lawn feels hard and your turf isn’t growing as expected, consider liquid aeration at this stage in order to break up the soil/thatch and make nutrients more available. 

 

Mowing & Watering

A weekly mowing schedule should be established by this point to keep your lawn maintained throughout the growing season. Watering routines should begin closer to April, and they can be slightly more frequent this early in the year. Always remember to water your lawn in the early morning to allow enough time for your turf to dry/absorb the water.

  • Mow St. Augustine grass at a height of 2-3 inches.
  • Mow centipede grass at a height of 1-2 inches.
  • Water every other day for 15-30 minutes per zone.
  • Water your lawn between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. to avoid fungal lawn diseases.

Early Summer

Fertilization & Weed Control

The majority of our attention at this stage is always on fertilizing your lawn. By now, your lawn should be starting to look green and lush, and early summer fertilization treatments will help preserve that appearance by working to improve the root system in the soil.

  • Apply a slow-release fertilizer with low to moderate amounts of nitrogen to avoid turf burn. 
  • Apply post-emergent weed control to any areas where weeds currently exist. 
  • If your lawn feels hard and your turf isn’t growing as expected, consider aeration at this stage in order to break up the soil/thatch and make nutrients more available. 

 

Mowing & Watering

In addition to your regular weekly mowing, consider incorporating edging and trimming. If it is a typical rainy season here in Louisiana, hard to reach areas may be growing wildly without you even realizing it. As always, allow heavy rainfall to replace a watering session. 

  • Do not remove more than the top ⅓ of your lawn’s length.
  • Mow St. Augustine grass at a height of 2-3 inches.
  • Mow centipede grass at a height of 1-2 inches.
  • Watering can be cut back to 2-3 times per week, 15-30 minutes per zone.
  • Water your lawn between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. to avoid fungal lawn diseases.

Mid Summer

Fertilization & Weed Control

Any weeds that may have emerged since your last treatment should be spot treated, and similar fertilization efforts from the previous visit should continue. At Brothers Lawn Service, it is our goal to have the health and appearance of your lawn at its peak by this point.

  • Apply a slow-release fertilizer with low to moderate amounts of nitrogen to avoid turf burn. 
  • Apply post-emergent weed control to any areas where weeds currently exist. 
  • If necessary, apply pesticides until bugs and insects are no longer present. 

 

Mowing & Watering

In addition to your regular weekly mowing, consider incorporating edging and trimming. If it is a typical rainy season here in Louisiana, hard to reach areas may be growing wildly without you even realizing it. As always, allow heavy rainfall to replace a watering session. 

  • Do not remove more than the top ⅓ of your lawn’s length.
  • Mow St. Augustine grass at a height of 2-3 inches.
  • Mow centipede grass at a height of 1-2 inches.
  • Water 2-3 times per week.
  • Water your lawn between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. to avoid fungal lawn diseases. 
  • If drought conditions are present, make sure your entire lawn gets up to 2 inches of water per week.

Late Summer

Fertilization & Weed Control

With fall right around the corner, focus at this step will shift back to preventive weed control, though adding more potassium at this stage could prove beneficial. We want to ensure that your turf is prepared to survive through autumn and winter, which means making sure your lawn is as weed free as possible. Pre-emergent weed killers will be used, as well as any necessary spot treatments. 

  • Introduce potash at this stage to stimulate root development.
  • Apply pre-emergent weed control to prevent any weeds that may have been dormant.
  • Apply post-emergent weed control to any areas where weeds currently exist. 
  • If needed, this is a good time of year to apply fungicides and pesticides.

 

Mowing & Watering

Continue weekly mowing and watering routines. Remember, especially in late summer, watering in the morning will reduce the possibility of a fungal lawn infection, and it will also help deter lawn pests that seek out overly damp lawns.

  • Do not remove more than the top ⅓ of your lawn’s length.
  • Mow St. Augustine grass at a height of 2-3 inches.
  • Mow centipede grass at a height of 1-2 inches.
  • Water 2-3 times per week.
  • Water your lawn between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. to avoid fungal lawn diseases. 
  • If drought conditions are present, make sure your entire lawn gets up to 2 inches of water per week.

Early Fall

Fertilization & Weed Control

Similar to our late summer weed control treatment, we recommend applying a pre-emergent to help sustain your lawn through winter. Post-emergents should be used if they are necessary, but many weeds will begin to go dormant at this stage. 

  • Apply pre-emergent weed control to prevent any weeds that may have been dormant. 
  • Apply post-emergent weed control to any areas where weeds currently exist. 
  • Fungicides may be beneficial at this point, especially if temperatures are greatly fluctuating between night and day.
  • If your lawn feels hard and your turf isn’t growing as expected, consider aeration at this stage in order to break up the soil/thatch and make nutrients more available. 

 

Mowing & Watering

Mowing is generally reduced by this time in the year as temperatures begin to cool. If there is not enough growth to continue with a weekly mowing schedule, switch to a bi-weekly schedule, or simply mow as often as needed. Watering your warm-season turf is still important at this stage.

  • Do not remove more than the top ⅓ of your lawn’s length.
  • Mow all grass types once per week or less until growth ceases. 
  • Water 2-3 times per week.
  • Water your lawn between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. to avoid fungal lawn diseases. 
  • If drought conditions are present, make sure your entire lawn gets up to 2 inches of water per week.

Fall/Late Fall

Fertilization & Weed Control

At our final visit of the year, we will apply a pre-emergent that is designed to fortify your lawn’s root system and deter any weed seedlings from germinating between this visit and the first visit of the following spring. Fungicides are recommended during this visit to prevent lawn diseases during winter. 

  • Apply winterizing fertilizer to tide your lawn over until the following spring.
  • Apply fall pre-emergent weed control to help ensure that weeds do not germinate until the following spring.
  • Apply fungicide to avoid any winter lawn diseases. 

 

Mowing & Watering

As we approach late October and go into November, turf growth will likely slow down drastically or completely stop. Mowing is generally not needed, but mow until growth stops if your turf is still growing. Do not water any later in the year than mid November.

What services are you interested in?

Where did you hear about us?

If you are looking for a reliable lawn care company in Lafayette & Baton Rouge, then look no further. Brothers Lawn Service & Landscaping is your full-service lawn care expert and we promise a 100% satisfaction guaranteed! We ensure the quality of our service by providing personal attention to each and every lawn.

Our Information

Free Quote

What services are you interested in?

Where did you hear about us?

before you go
get a fast & free quote

What services are you interested in?

How did you hear about us?