It’s that time of year when it’s just been warm enough to start the winter grasses to stress out and begin dying off and not quite warm enough for the warm season grasses to really kick in and look good. Professionally we call it transition and there are a number of ways to get through it. No matter which way you choose it is imperative that the winter grass dies off quickly now that the warm season grasses are wanting to start growing. If they remain shaded and in essence “dormant” because of the persistence of the cool season grass for very long they begin to die. We get lots of calls in early July from people who’s lawn suddenly died. What actually happened is they let the rye grass remain alive too long, the Bermuda grass couldn’t come out of dormancy and when the rye grass did finally die that first muggy night of the monsoon-bam-no lawn!
Our recommendation is this: mow the lawn shorter each week from now on until you’ve taken it down lower than your normal summer mowing height -in effect that last mow a few weeks from now is nearly a scalp. Don’t turn off the water but don’t increase it either. Once you’ve made that final low mowing in a few weeks then bump up the water to summer schedule and begin feeding regularly (1xmo). That would also be a great time to de thatch and or aerate!
Good Luck on your transition-let us know how we can help!