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The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns

Zone 8 - Warm-season grasses

Illustration of zone 8

Warm-season grasses are fertilized for the first time when the lawn has fully greened up in the spring and they should be fertilized in the summer into fall. Warm-season grasses retain better color in cool weather if fertilized during the fall.

Recommended months to
fertilize (in bold)
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May* Jun* Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec

*Use a complete fertilizer for one of these months if necessary.


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