Perfect Lawn Maintenance Timing: When to Fertilize, Water, Spray Weeds and More in Texas (2022)

There’s a lot involved in Texas lawn maintenance, and timing is everything.

When is the best time to apply fertilizer—and what time of day should you water your lawn to get the best results? From controlling weeds to seeding a lawn, when you perform these essential lawn care and landscape tasks is the difference between success, and possibly hurting your lawn.

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We know many folks who decide to care for their own lawns, and there’s nothing wrong with that—except when they overlook timing and end up not getting the results they expect. Basically, you can do all the right things for your lawn at the wrong time and end up wasting your weekend and your money.

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So, let’s dig into this timing issue.

Here, we’ll give you insight on the best time in North Texas to fertilize, water, spray weeds, prevent insects, service your irrigation system, seed a lawn and more. You’ll see, there’s a reason for this North Texas lawn care schedule—and with this knowledge, you can do all the landscape maintenance yourself, or hire a pro to handle the landscape maintenance needs you’re not comfortable handling on your own.

When to Mow and Edge Your Texas Lawn

Mowing is usually a weekly lawn maintenance necessity in Texas during the growing season, which is spring through fall. However there are some caveats to this that make it vary:

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  • In the very beginning of the growing season (February and March), bi-weekly mowing may be adequate as the grass isn’t growing as aggressively.
  • Later in spring through when fall arrives, when we see faster grass growth, so you’ll realize that your lawn needs mowing every week. Trying to mow your lawn less than weekly is going to be more work and leave your lawn looking untidy.
  • At the end growing season (October), bi-weekly mowing may be adequate as the grass isn’t growing as aggressively.
  • From November through the end of February, we recommend mowing at least monthly.

As you can see, mowing is a year-round activity.

At Grassperson, we also trim the lawn’s edges with every service because this extra step is the difference between a lawn that looks average vs. a beautiful, neat property with clean edges. Especially during the growing season, grass edges can quickly creep onto sidewalks and landscape beds, causing a yard to look messy. Trust us, this extra step is worth it.

It is important to coordinate the timing of your lawn maintenance with lawn care applications and regular watering. We recommend not mowing for 24 hours after a fertilization and weed control application. Ideally, you will not mow the same day that you water your yard.

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Watering Your Flower Mound and Highland Village, TX Lawn

The best time to water your lawn can be a touchy subject in Texas because many communities put water restrictions in place, especially during summer. But, grass needs water to stay healthy and grow, so if Mother Nature isn’t raining down on your lawn, you need to run a sprinkler if you expect grass to stay healthy and continue growing.

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Many of the lawns we care for have irrigation systems, and yours might, too. Here are some tips for when and how often to water.

The best time to water your Texas lawn is in the early morning. This way, soil can soak in moisture before the sun causes water to evaporate and, generally speaking, the wind velocity is slower earlier in the day.

An exception to this rule is when water restrictions are in place. Let’s say your municipality allows homeowners to water their lawns twice per week. We recommend watering morning and evening on those two days so you can achieve four watering times—which is ideal for summer.

Moving into the question of how often to water in summer, we recommend three to four days per week. In winter, plan on watering your lawn in the morning once a week.

As for how long to water your Texas lawn, plan on 10 to 35 minutes per zone, depending on the type of irrigation heads your sprinkler system has. Rotor heads must run longer—25 to 35 minutes per zone—while spray heads can do the job in 10 to 15 minutes per zone.

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Don’t forget about trees, shrubs and flowers. Those also need to be watered three to four days per week in the growing season, and at least weekly in fall and winter.

How Often to Maintain Your Irrigation System

Speaking of watering, you rely on your sprinkler system year-round in Texas, and ideally you should get a quarterly irrigation system checkup. At the very least (and we never suggest that less is more in this case), get an irrigation maintenance check annually in the early spring.

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During an irrigation check, a certified irrigation technician will review all components of your system. Most homeowners are not qualified to audit and test sprinkler systems for efficiency and performance, so it’s best to rely on a pro.

The Best Time to Fertilize Texas Grass

Lawn care is a year-round necessity in Texas if you want a healthy lawn because our grass is always growing. Sure, it slows down in winter, though grass still needs nutrients to stay healthy. We fertilize Denton and Collin county, TX lawns four times from April to October to provide consistent turf nutrition.

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Fertilizer must be watered in, so if there’s no rain in the forecast after it is applied, plan on running your sprinkler system for the recommended time based on your sprinkler heads (rotor or spray head).

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As we said, give the mower a rest for at least 24 hours after a fertilizer application so the product can absorb into the soil.

The Best Time to Apply Weed Control

Weed control is usually applied up to 7 times throughout the year to control weeds. Specific pre-emergent applications in fall, early winter and early spring address weeds before they mature, while post-emergent applications as needed treat the weeds you can see. (Keep in mind, pre-emergent weed control targets crabgrass, poa annua, spurge and other grassy weeds, but you’re not getting preventive protection against every weed that grows in Texas.)

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Weeds can be tricky to tame, which is why you’ve got to stay on it if you want to maintain a healthy lawn. After applying weed control, you should water in the product and avoid mowing for at least 24 hours. The same rules apply to insect control.

The Best Time to Seed a Lawn in North Texas

Late September and early October are prime times for planting new grass seed in Flower Mound and Highland Village, TX. By this time, you’re less likely to have scorching heat that stresses new plants.

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Also, cooler temperatures allow soil to retain moisture better, so your watering efforts will be more long-lasting. Also, early fall seeding gives new turf an opportunity to establish before winter.

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Now you know the best time to perform essential lawn care and landscape maintenance tasks for your Texas lawn. Are you game to dive in and start working in the yard? Or, maybe you’d rather pick and choose which lawn care tasks to tackle and leave the rest to the pros. We don’t blame you if want to partner with a lawn care service that is equipped to manage all of your lawn care so you can just enjoy the outdoors without all the work.

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FAQs

What month Should I fertilize my lawn in Texas? ›

Texas lawns usually need a low rate of nitrogen applied once in the spring and, if needed, once again in the fall no later than 6 weeks before the expected first frost. It's best to split the fertilizer into two smaller applications rather than make one heavy application.

Can you fertilize and spray for weeds at the same time? ›

If you have a yard that is just grass, and crabgrass or broadleaf weed varieties are overtaking your yard, it's safe and practical to use a fertilizer with weed control mix. These will kill off the invasive plants you don't want, and your grass will be able to re-establish itself.

What is a good lawn care schedule? ›

Lawn maintenance and fertilizing don't end in the summer. For cool-season grasses, fertilize twice in the fall to take advantage of the great growing conditions. Fertilize once around the beginning of September and then once more 6 to 8 weeks later. For warm-season grasses, only fertilize once.

What is the best lawn fertilizer schedule? ›

When to Fertilize Your Lawn
  • Early Spring – In March or April, apply our Green-Up with Crabgrass Preventer to the lawn. ...
  • Late Spring – In May or June, apply Green Up Weed and Feed. ...
  • Summer – In July or August, loosen up hard soil and balance the pH level to make it optimal for grass growth.

How often should I spray for weeds? ›

Although spraying Roundup® For Lawns on your weeds is quite satisfying, resist the urge to do it too much. It works so well; one application is usually all you need to kill a weed. And some weeds can take as long as three weeks to die. If it's still hanging in there in two weeks, give it another spray.

When should I treat my lawn for weeds? ›

Spring and early fall are the two best times to treat weeds. Grass is obviously dormant in winter, but it can also go through another dormant period in summer during an extended period of dry weather.

Should I spray for weeds or fertilize first? ›

After spraying the weeds with herbicide, it is good practice to wait at least one week before fertilizing. In fact, your grass needs fertilizing even through the fall and winter. A good rule of thumb is fertilizing at least four times a year, such as every two months during fall, winter and spring.

Is it better to fertilize or spray for weeds first? ›

Once the fertiliser has been applied it is recommended that you wait 10 -14 days, before spraying with the appropriate weed killer. This approach will enable the lawn plants to strength and not take in the herbicide, which can cause them to ail or even die as a result.

Is it OK to put fertilizer on wet grass? ›

Yes, you can apply fertilizer to wet grass and this may even improve the effectiveness of the fertilizer. That is, provided that the grass is not waterlogged and that you are using granular or liquid fertilizers that are meant to be diluted. Foliar fertilizer should never be applied to wet grass.

How many times should I fertilize my lawn? ›

A full feeding is recommended at least 5-6 times per year. You want to feed your lawn when it's growing most rapidly. However, you should base the frequency on your climate and the type of grass you have. For example, cool season grasses can be fertilized in late spring, but only if necessary.

When should I fertilize my lawn in the spring? ›

Typically, you should fertilize your lawn every 6 to 8 weeks. You can begin in early spring, once the weather is consistently warm, as part of your seasonal clean-up. Then you can follow up with applications throughout the growing season before it snows.

How do I prevent grubs in my lawn? ›

The key to controlling grubs is to kill them before they hatch and begin to cause damage to your lawn. In spring or early summer, apply a preventative grub control product, such as Scotts® GrubEx®1 to your lawn, following label directions. This is especially important if you've had problems with grubs in the past.

Should you fertilize before or after rain? ›

When is the best time to fertilize a lawn – before or after a rain? Too much rain could wash away the fertilizer before it has a chance to soak into the soil, so plan to fertilize several days before a heavy rain arrives or several days later.

When should I apply 10 10 10 fertilizer to my lawn? ›

How Often To Apply 10-10-10 Fertilizer? Apply 10-10-10 fertilizer to warm-season grass four times a year. Do a spring application when you see new growth and apply again 30 days later. Do a fall application when you see slower growth and apply again 30 days later.

Should I fertilize my lawn before it rains? ›

Using Fertilizer Before Rain

It's fine to spread your fertilizer before it rains as long as it's more mild or light conditions. Of course, water is important for plant growth and is similarly important to helping the fertilizer's nutrients break down and get absorbed through the roots.

What month Should I spray weeds? ›

The best time to treat weeds is when they are actively growing. This means you should start spraying and treating in the spring, usually sometime in April. You'll have to maintain your weed-killing regiment into late September/early October. It's best not to jump the gun when using weed killers.

Should I cut weeds before spraying? ›

You shouldn't cut weeds before spraying them because most herbicides are applied to the leaves and stems. If you cut the weeds, the spray won't be able to reach the weeds' roots. Instead, spray the weeds, wait for up to 48 hours, then pull them out by hand.

How often can you spray for weeds in grass? ›

Ready to spray.

This premixed formulation is available in a 32-ounce (1 quart) hose-end sprayer that treats up to 5,000 square feet of turfgrass. You can only make two applications of this product per year, with at least 21 days between the two applications.

What time of day is best for spraying weeds? ›

Systemic herbicides work best when applied late morning, midday and in the afternoon in cool or cold climates. Plant growth slows down at dusk and speeds up again as the sun rises the following day. Heavy early morning dew can cause herbicides to run off, so it's best apply them after dew has evaporated.

What kills weeds permanently? ›

Yes, vinegar does kill weeds permanently and is a viable alternative to synthetic chemicals. Distilled, white, and malt vinegar all work well to stop weed growth.

How do you renovate a lawn full of weeds? ›

Restoring a Lawn Full of Weeds in 10 Steps
  1. Step 1: Identify the Weeds You Have. ...
  2. Step 2: Select a Proper Herbicide. ...
  3. Step 3: Apply the Treatment. ...
  4. Step 4: Wait It Out. ...
  5. Step 5: Rake and Till. ...
  6. Step 6: Dethatch and Aerate. ...
  7. Step 7: Amend the Soil. ...
  8. Step 8: Lay Down Seed or Sod.
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Will lawn fertilizer also make weeds grow? ›

Fertilizers can fuel the growth of both weeds and grass. Live weeds may steal fertilizer from the ground, preventing grass from getting its fair share. Apply a weed killer product to your lawn to kill weeds before you spread fertilizer. Once your lawn is weed-free, only your grass will benefit from fertilizer.

Can you apply pre-emergent and fertilizer at the same time? ›

Pre-emergent and fertilizer work well together because both need to be watered into the soil to be effective. By applying both at once and watering them in, you simultaneously feed your grass and stop weed seeds from sprouting.

Should I mow lawn before fertilizing? ›

Ideally, you'll want to mow and rake before fertilizing, so that excess lawn waste is removed and the fertilizer will have an easier time reaching the soil. Aerating your soil before fertilizing can also help; the best times to aerate are when your grass is actively growing, such as in spring or early fall.

HOW LONG CAN fertilizer sit on lawn before watering? ›

When to Water a Lawn After Fertilizing? At Master Lawn, we typically say to wait 24 hours before watering your lawn after fertilizing. But it is important to make sure that it does receive a good watering session soon after that 24 hour waiting period.

How many minutes should I water my lawn after fertilizing? ›

How Long Should You Water Your Lawn After Fertilizing? The fertilizer and soil should be thoroughly moist, but don't water so much that the water begins to form puddles. About 20 minutes should do the trick.

How long should I wait to water after spraying for weeds? ›

It is usually best to wait 24 hours before watering the grass following an application that contains weed control. Also make sure that within 7 days of the application the product has been watered into the soil either by rain or sprinkler to ensure the best results.

How cold is too cold to fertilize lawn? ›

Temperatures below 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit are too cold to fertilize your lawn. At these temperatures, your lawn enters a dormant state to protect itself from the cold. If you fertilize your lawn below these temperatures, you'll feed the weeds instead, and the root growth of your lawn will be stunted.

What happens if I put too much fertilizer on my lawn? ›

Applying too much fertilizer to your lawn will cause the nitrogen and salt levels in the soil to increase rapidly, which can damage or even kill the grass. When this happens, it is known as “fertilizer burn” and looks like yellow and brown strips or patches of dead grass.

What is the best lawn fertilizer to use in early spring? ›

We Recommend Holganix.

This product helps make your lawn resistant to traffic, diseases, insects, and weather; it also helps to grow deeper root systems which will give longevity to your lawn. We believe Holganix is the best lawn fertilizer for early spring.

What happens if you fertilize too early? ›

The best time for that first application is late spring, just as the green grass is beginning to grow eagerly. In early spring, the grass is putting energy into root development. If you apply fertilizer too early, it will divert the plant's energy into leaf development too soon.

What should I fertilize my lawn with in the spring? ›

By the way, a 20-5-10 lawn fertilizer is a good basic mix to use in spring. Slow-release lawn fertilizers break down their nutrients over a longer period of time, so you can wait longer between applications.

How does Dawn get rid of grubs? ›

Applying Dawn dish soap smothers grub worms, and typically kills them quickly. To try, use 1 tablespoon Dawn in one-quart water and spray the mixture on the affected areas of your lawn. Check after an hour or so to see if the grubs are still alive. If they are, spray the worms directly with the Dawn mixture.

What animal eats grubs at night? ›

Raccoons and skunks are two common grub-eating nocturnal culprits for digging in yards.

What is best for killing grubs? ›

There are two chemicals, carbaryl and trichlorfon, that are considered curative treatments. They are short-lived compounds that kill all life stages of grubs. These two insecticides are the only options if high numbers of grubs are found in the fall and in spring before early May.

How long should you stay off grass after fertilizing? ›

After the fertilizer has been completely absorbed into the soil, yes. It's generally recommended to wait about 24-72 hours after a fertilizer application before letting your kids go back onto the grass and to also ensure your lawn is watered well before the kids go back to playing in the grass.

Can I use 20 20 20 fertilizer on all my plants? ›

Our 20 20 20 Garden Fertilizer is a multi-purpose, premium fertilizer that can be used at all stages of plant growth in the vegetable garden. It contains equal amounts of nitrogen (20%), phosphorous (20%) and potassium (20%) to provide a balanced formula for your vegetable plants.

What is the best fertilizer numbers for grass? ›

Recommended ratios of N-P-K for lawn fertilizers include 3:1:2 or 4:1:2. Another important factor in choosing nitrogen fertilizers is what kind of nitrogen is actually in the product. Nitrogen fertilizer may consist of fast-release or controlled-release nitrogen.

How much 10-10-10 fertilizer should I put on my tomato plants? ›

A: You don't need much, perhaps a teaspoon of 10-10-10 at planting. When the plant starts setting fruit, apply three Tbsp. per plant. Repeat every four – six weeks thereafter throughout the growing season.

What is the proper way to fertilize lawn? ›

How to Use Lawn Fertilizer
  1. Water your lawn. A few days before you feed your lawn, give it a good watering. ...
  2. Pick the best spreader for your lawn. Spreaders fall into two main categories: broadcast and drop. ...
  3. Apply grass fertilizer around the perimeter. ...
  4. Fill in the middle. ...
  5. Properly handle remaining product.

What should I put on my lawn before it rains? ›

If you have a lawn care professional apply granular fertilizer or granular insecticide to your lawn, there's no need to panic if it starts raining afterward. Granular fertilizer and insecticide applications need to be watered in. This activates the product.

When should I fertilize my lawn in Texas in spring? ›

Spring fertilizer should not be applied until the grass is actively growing. I recommend waiting until the lawn is at least 50% green before fertilizing. If fertilizer is put down before the grass is actively growing, it is going to waste! The proper time during fall to fertilize the lawn is early to mid-September.

When should I fertilize my lawn for winter in Texas? ›

Lawn fertilization in the early fall is crucial to help lawns recover from the stress of the summer heat. Moreover, lawn fertilizer application in the late fall helps protect lawns during the looming winter months by supporting root stabilization.

When should I fertilize my lawn in the spring? ›

Typically, you should fertilize your lawn every 6 to 8 weeks. You can begin in early spring, once the weather is consistently warm, as part of your seasonal clean-up. Then you can follow up with applications throughout the growing season before it snows.

Should you fertilize before or after rain? ›

When is the best time to fertilize a lawn – before or after a rain? Too much rain could wash away the fertilizer before it has a chance to soak into the soil, so plan to fertilize several days before a heavy rain arrives or several days later.

When should you fertilize St Augustine grass in Texas? ›

Begin fertilizing 3 weeks after the grass turns green and when there is little chance of a late frost. Apply 1 pound of soluble nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn every 8 weeks, or 11/2 pounds of slow-release nitrogen every 10 weeks. Have your soil tested to determine what added nutrients your lawn may need.

Should I water after fertilizing? ›

If your lawn gets liquid fertilizer, wait until it dries before watering, about 2-4 hours. If it's granular fertilizer, water right away. One exception: if you also got spot weed treatments at the same time, wait for that to dry before watering, or the water will wash off the weed killer before it can work.

Is it good to mow before fertilizing? ›

Ideally, you'll want to mow and rake before fertilizing, so that excess lawn waste is removed and the fertilizer will have an easier time reaching the soil. Aerating your soil before fertilizing can also help; the best times to aerate are when your grass is actively growing, such as in spring or early fall.

Should I fertilize my lawn in February? ›

Timing: Apply early spring lawn fertilizer once between February and April, when your grass is starting to green up and begin to actively grow (around the time your lawn first needs to be mowed).

How do I keep my grass green in the winter in Texas? ›

Winter Lawn Care Tips
  1. Apply fertilizer in the late fall. A good layer of fertilizer will help replace any nutrients lost during the summer. ...
  2. Adjust mower blades per the time of the year. ...
  3. Rake your leaves. ...
  4. Sweep for any objects in your lawn. ...
  5. Keep your driveway clear of ice. ...
  6. Make sure your soil has moisture.
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How often should I water my grass in the winter in Texas? ›

Don't over-water! Once or twice a month during winter is usually sufficient for most plants. When you do go out to water, remember the following: Add only enough water to make the soil moist, especially when temperatures are expected to dip below freezing.

Should I spray for weeds or fertilize first? ›

Once you have sprayed the weeds with a herbicide, it is time to add fertilizer to your yard. In most cases, you need to apply fertilizer at the beginning of the growing season. Many people choose May or June to implement their first application of the fertilizer.

When Should I spray my weeds in spring? ›

As mentioned above, you want to wait until the soil temperature has hit at least 50 degrees before applying. But don't wait too long! Pre-emergent herbicides will not have any effect on weeds after they have begun growing.

What is the best lawn fertilizer to use in early spring? ›

We Recommend Holganix.

This product helps make your lawn resistant to traffic, diseases, insects, and weather; it also helps to grow deeper root systems which will give longevity to your lawn. We believe Holganix is the best lawn fertilizer for early spring.

Is it OK to put fertilizer on wet grass? ›

Yes, you can apply fertilizer to wet grass and this may even improve the effectiveness of the fertilizer. That is, provided that the grass is not waterlogged and that you are using granular or liquid fertilizers that are meant to be diluted. Foliar fertilizer should never be applied to wet grass.

HOW LONG CAN fertilizer sit on lawn before watering? ›

When to Water a Lawn After Fertilizing? At Master Lawn, we typically say to wait 24 hours before watering your lawn after fertilizing. But it is important to make sure that it does receive a good watering session soon after that 24 hour waiting period.

How cold is too cold to fertilize lawn? ›

Temperatures below 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit are too cold to fertilize your lawn. At these temperatures, your lawn enters a dormant state to protect itself from the cold. If you fertilize your lawn below these temperatures, you'll feed the weeds instead, and the root growth of your lawn will be stunted.

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