It’s time to think about your lawn if you live in Clayton, NC
If you live in Clayton, NC or are moving here from a northern state, there is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to
lawn care. First off the lush green all year round grass you may be used to takes a bit more work and TLC than up north where the summers are a little milder. Instead of fescue which stays green all year round, the common grass in Clayton, NC is Bermuda which goes dormant in the winter time and this explains the grey/brown lawns you see in the colder months.
Now there are some stunning lawns in homes in Clayton that stay green all year round, and you will see them in most of the neighborhoods around here. So you can have a green lawn all year round, it’s just going to require a couple of items. First is water,if you have an irrigation system then you are good to go there are watering restrictions in place so make sure you find out what days your house number can use a sprinkler. I use a tripod sprinkler.
Soil is a big issue and can vary from neighborhood to neighborhood and even street to street, heck it can even change from lot to lot. The majority of the soil around Clayton is red clay,( not how the town got it’s name) and so having a soil test done is a good idea as each yard is going to be different. You can have your soils tested at the North Carolina Cooperative Extension and it can sometimes take 8-9 weeks in the winter when they are busiest. Adding lime to soils in and around Clayton is very common as the soils tend to be acidic.
If you have a cool season grass such as fescue or bluegrass then Fall is when you should add fertilizer and again if you have your soil tested this will tell you how much you need to add. If you are starting a lawn from scratch, I would recommend renting a core aerator or having a service come out and do it for you. It is better than tilling and provides the perfect little nesting area for the new seeds. I rent one in the Fall, it does makes the lawn look beat up just after you do it with all these plugs everywhere, but it works and they break down over time.
Choosing the right seed is really important, grass seed is expensive and so you don’t want to waste it. There seems like no end to the combinations available these days, from drought resistant to sun/shade blends and special seeds that have their own fertilizer built in. I would ask around, cozy up to the person who has the best lawn in the neighborhood and ask them what they use. My clients who just closed on their new house is ordering a blend of three grass seeds online as recommended by NC State.