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Grass

Grass

With the oncoming spring weather, you will begin to see a change in our Charleston landscapes. Azaleas and Indian Hawthorne's will start blooming, the grasses will begin to green up, our native Carolina Jasmine will have fragrant flowers in the trees, and our flowering trees will be bursting with new color. What a great time it is to be in Charleston!

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How to Grow Grass – A Case Study

This year we have had a cooler than normal spring time. All of the grasses in the Charleston area are warm season grasses. Each with their own specific needs. One of the first things that we need to get our grasses growing is warm days and warm nights. Southern grasses do not start growing until the ground temperature gets to be around 70.

When to Fertilize Grass

With the warmer temps coming on, now is the time to be applying fertilizer. St. Augustine, Zoysia, & Bermuda require a high nitrogen fertilizer (like a 25/4/11) while Centipede is best suited for a 15/0/15 fertilizer. We often combine a pre-emergent in with our fertilizer to help control our summer weeds (which will also be sprouting as the warmer temps are here). In addition, at the time of writing this article, it has been a very dry month so far. Therefore, we plan to be increasing our water supply for our lawn & shrubs. The temperatures do not dictate daily watering yet, so between 1-3 days per week should be sufficient, depending on your soil type. With heavy clay soils requiring less water & sandier soils requiring more.

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Lawn Problems

The 2nd spring task is to keep an eye out for turf damage that causes lawn problems. We will see three distinct types of turf damage this spring. The first one is grub which surface during the spring and feed on the roots of newly sprouting grass. We applied an insecticide last month to help control grubs and other surface feeding insects, Such as over wintering mole crickets.

Grub Damage

If you think you may have grub damage, dig up a 12"x12" area on the boarder of the affected area and look for white c-shaped worms in the top couple of inches of the soil. Usually, if you find one or two, there are more within the yard and a treatment should be applied. The 2nd type of turf damage that may be present would be brown patch and is sometimes left over from the previous year.

Brown Patch

We wrote about brown patch in the fall and you may access that article on our website at www.pleasantlandscapes.com, but the main concept with brown patch is to look for ever growing circles with a distinct brown ring in over fertilized and overwatered lawn areas

Over Fertilization

When it comes to fertilizer more is not always better. The 3rd type of turf damage that will be present in the spring is dead patch. These are areas of dead lawn that did not come back from the previous year. The causes for this can be many, but some are brown patch from last fall (that was not caught), fertilizing too early with an early freeze, killing back tender new growth, and also high traffic areas or too much shade.

Beautiful Grass

As you will see, growing nice lawns is more of an art than a science. As always, if you have any questions about your turf feel free to email us pictures or questions as we always enjoy offering free advice to help our neighbors have quality lawns & shrubs. Spring should be a time to enjoy our ever blooming surroundings. If you have not been to some of the local plantations, it's a great time to go and see the blooms; I would highly recommend it. Happy gardening.

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