Lawn Care Tips & Details
Charlotte is in the Transition Zone meaning it is too
warm for cool season grass to thrive all year long and
too cold for warm season grass to thrive. Fescue is the
most popular turf grass and because this turf grass is
cool season the summers bring on many challenges. Brown
Patch and Pythium are two very destructive diseases.
Bermuda is the most popular warm season turf grass. The
winters can be cold for long periods and cause winter
kill. Diseases of Bermuda grass include Dollar Spot, Spring
Deadspot and Leaf Spot all of which are very destructive.
Homeowners feel their Bermuda lawn is low maintenance
but this is not necessarily true. Even Bermuda needs to
aerated for better soil relief and Bermuda can go into
drought stress and loss of tissue.
The Charlotte area has heavy clay soils. While clay soils
can be a good growing medium some challenger can accrued.
The soil does not drain well which can lead to algae problems
and root rot.
Also when the clay soil dries it becomes very hard and
compact which leads to a soil conditiosn called Hydrophobic
soil, or the soils repel water. Proper cultural practices
can lead to healthy soils such are core aeration, proper
lime or gypsum application and irrigation.
Crabgrass, Dallisgrass, Nutsedge Chickweed, Clover, Buttonweed
and Annual Bluegrass are some of the weeds seen in the
turf. The most important thing to remember is you can’t
eliminate all weeds. Some weeds are considered noxious
and there is no quick fix to “control these weeds”.