Taking Care of your Lawn in Upstate South Carolina
By guest, Sep 6 2017 11:36PM
What varieties of grass grow best in the Greenville area?
Fescue is a good choice for grass that will look better during the cool season of the year. Otherwise use Bermuda, Centipede, and Zoysia. These varieties will do better during the warm season of the year.
How often should I water my grass?
The average lawn needs 1 to 1-1/2 inches of water per week. How much water the lawn needs depends on the soil type, humidity, and temperature. We recommend long infrequent soaking of your lawn. Watering 1 to 2 times per week should be sufficient. You can water up to 2 or 3 times per week. You should water your lawn early in the morning. Watering during the middle of the day results in water being wasted due to evaporation. Watering in the evening can promote diseases that thrive in moist soil.
How can I help the grass to grow in shaded areas?
Grass needs sunlight to grow. Increase the sunlight under trees by pruning any tree limbs that are within 10 feet of ground level.
What cutting height setting should be used on my mower?
The proper height setting for your lawn mower depends on the grass type. Generally, use the highest height setting on your mower or at least 3 inches in height. Cut the grass often enough that you cut no more than 1/3 of the grass’s height at a time. However, warm season grasses such as Bermuda, Zoysia, and Centipede need to be cut with a lower mower height setting. To keep your lawn healthy, only mow when the lawn is dry and periodically sharpen the blades of your mower.
How can I get rid of Weeds?
Weeds come in two varieties – annual and perennial. Annual weeds grow from seeds. Perennial weeds grow from roots that survive cold winter temperatures. Crabgrass is an annual weed that looks like a tiny flattened corn plant. Use a pre-emergent herbicide in the early spring for weeds like crabgrass prior to the germination of seeds. After weed seeds have germinated and are actively growing, a different herbicide needs to be used on the weeds. A post-emergent herbicide works by contacting the surface of weed leaves and by being absorbed into the roots of the weed. A healthy well-fertilized lawn will also naturally crowd out many weeds. We recommend fertilizing your lawn during its growing season.
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