Charlotte Lawn Care
What are the biggest issues for lawns in Charlotte?
- Water (too much or too little)
Killingsworth has been fighting lawn issues in Charlotte, NC for years. We have the experience to help you overcome weeds, diseases and water issues. Even though the top issues fall into just three categories, there are thousands of issues that can hurt your yard. Come to us for all of your Charlotte lawn care needs.
Weeds Attacking Charlotte Lawns
The first question is what qualifies as a weed? A weed is simply a type of grass that does not belong in your yard. Some people even consider other types of grass to be weeds, like Bermuda and Zoysia. There is a long list of weeds attacking lawns in Charlotte, NC and this list changes depending on the season. In the colder months, you will see chickweed, henbit, bittercress, and deadnettle just to name a few weeds. The spring and summer seasons bring a different set of weed challenges including dandelion, nutsedge, crabgrass, dallisgrass and spurge.
Anyone who has a lawn understands how annoying weeds can be. The first cause of weeds in a lawn is improper mowing. Cutting your yard too short can create crabgrass in fescue lawns. Fescue needs to be four inches or taller to promote root growth. The pH of the soil can also cause weeds. Fescue thrives in slightly acidic soil. For fescue, the best pH range is 5.5 to 6.5. If the pH range goes higher or lower than that, it can produce different types of weeds.
Diseases Attacking Charlotte Lawns
Most people think about weeds first but disease can be just as devastating to a lawn. The biggest reason for disease spread is improper watering mixed with hot weather. The combination of hot temperatures and wet grass can lead to fungus and disease. There are many different types of disease including: Pythium Blight, Fairy Ring, Brown Patch, Dollar Spot and more.
Once disease and fungus set in, it is important to use fungicides to control and eliminate the disease to your lawn. To avoid fungus in the first place, it is important to pay close attention to the amount of water your yard is receiving.
Water Levels Attacking Charlotte Lawns
Watering your lawn really impacts both the weed and disease issues. Moisture management for you lawn is more important than people understand. More water is not always the best choice either. If your yard burns out because it doesn't get enough water, that is when weeds can creep in fast. If you over water fungus can produce terrible disease.
The best time to water your lawn is between 1-6am. Lawns should dry out during the day. You don’t want to water during the hottest parts of the day because the heat and water will lead to fungus. Fescue should get about an inch of water a week. There are times when you will need to water your lawn more. More aggressive watering is needed when aerating and overseeding.
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