Lawn and Shrub Care

​Our lawn and shrub care group will provide you with a multiple application program designed to maintain and improve plant health. The lawn treatments consist of pre-emergent weed controls, post-emergent controls, fertilization, and disease and insect controls. The shrub treatments consist of fertilization, disease and insect controls. ​Contact us today for a free estimate!

​Robin 803-507-2721

Barry 803-646-9065

Cold Damaged Lawn Recovery
While it is normal for us to have temperatures in the teens during our winters, a week of nighttime temps in the teens, and daytime highs only slightly above freezing are pretty rare. The extreme low temperatures, paired with the duration of those cold temps can lead to damaged lawns.

Centipede and St. Augustine do not handle the cold temperatures very well. Both grasses can handle some cold, but extended periods of extreme cold can very easily damage these two types of grass. Centipede and St. Augustine are what are called stoloniferous grasses. Simply put, that means that most of the root system is above ground, and more exposed to the cold. While Bermuda and Zoysia also have stolons (more commonly called runners), they also have underground roots called rhizomes, which help protect the plant from external stresses like freezing temps. While most winter damage mainly shows up on Centipede or St. Augustine, Zoysia lawns can also sustain damage, even with the added benefit of underground rhizomes.

So, what should we expect to see when we suspect winter damage to our turf? Unfortunately, any damage or death that has occurred will not be noticed until spring. As the weather warms up, and the grass begins to grow again, an area that was killed or damaged by the cold will not green up. Upon close inspection, the area in question will have little to no green tissue.

We try to be as proactive as possible with our applications. The last granular application that is made to our lawns is a high Potassium (not to be confused with Phosphorus) blend material. The main purpose of that application is to promote winter hardiness to help our lawns deal with and recover from the type of damage that can occur with frigid temperatures. Our fall lawn fertilizer blends do not contain any Nitrogen. It is specially blended for us, for the above-mentioned purpose.

The first step to take with recovery for a damaged lawn is to have a little patience. The process a lawn goes through coming out of dormancy, or 'waking up,' takes some time. It also doesn't wake up at the same time or rate in every area of your lawn. Grass by a road, or a sidewalk, that is in full sun will wake up sooner than an area that has more shade. This is an important aspect to consider, as you don't want to spend a lot of money or time trying to get the plant to do something that it will do naturally with time.

After the lawn is fully awake, (around the time that you are having to mow the lawn with your normal mowing frequency), and you do indeed suspect some winter damage, then an evaluation of what to do can be made. In a lot of cases, re-sodding isn't necessary unless the damage is wide spread, or you simply want an instant fix. Raking out the damaged area to remove any of the dead tissue, and then lightly top dressing the area with some good, rich top soil will go a long way to help the recovery process. A little extra fertilizer can also be applied to give a damaged spot a shot in the arm to start growing again. Aerating the lawn, especially damaged areas, can greatly increase the recovery process as well. Aeration, as the name implies, helps add air to the roots of the plant so that it can breathe. Another, often over-looked, aspect of aeration is that it prunes the roots as well. As with pruning shrubs, the root cutting that occurs will promote new root growth. As the roots strengthen, so will the top part of the plant.

​Once things start to green up in the spring, if you suspect some type of injury, do not hesitate to call us. We will come out, assess any damage, and talk to you about appropriate ways to proceed. As mentioned earlier, we try to be as proactive as possible with our service, but there are some things that are beyond our control. The extended, extreme temperatures that we had recently, and the damage that those temps may have caused, are conditions that we simply can't control, predict, or prevent. We can, however, help you with any needed tasks to fix the damage that nature has done.