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4 most common upstate grasses

From seed or from sod. We know how to give you a thick, lush, green lawn.

Proper grass selection

Selecting the right grass for your lawn is important.  Blue Dot Landscaping has the experience and talent to help you grow your best lawn. There are literally thousands of different options and different types of grass seed. Most of what does well in our area can be categorized into one of four grass types. Fescue is our most prevalent cool season grass, the other three are warm season grasses: Zoysia, Bermuda, and Centipede. We can install your lawn by laying sod or by seeding. We also can handle your lawn care.  We offer two programs.  picture of before fescue lawn picture of after fescue lawn One in which we take care of your entire yard. Mowing, pruning, fertilizing, etc.  The other is specifically lawn care. We apply the fertilizer, lime, weed control and insect control.   Email us for a free initial consultation.

Along with creating your green grass we can help with your other back yard ideas in Greenville and Spartanburg. We can build you a fence, a walkway or patio, or even a beautiful garden pond.


Fescue

Fescue beautiful fescue lawn image can give you the most beautiful green grass 10-11 months a year. It also can be the most frustrating and most difficult. The most important factor in your fescue lawn's success is to begin at the right time. September 15 thru October 15 is normally the right time in our area. This is the time for soil prep, fall fertilizer and seeding your new fescue lawn. This is the time for aerating and overseeding your existing fescue. Soil preparation is more important with Fescue than with other grasses. Also, there are many varieties and different quality levels of fescue seed.


Zoysia

Zoysia might be the most versatile of our grasses. Different varieties grow well picture of zoysia grass lawn in the shade as well as in full sun. It is a hardy, thick growing grass that takes less care than most of our grasses. It also is not readily available as a seed and is normally installed as sod.   It is usually the most expensive of our choices. Hybrid choices of zoysia like Emerald or Meyer have been around a while and are popular in the upstate. There are other new varieties as well such as El Toro Zoysia which was developed in California and is a variety that has the best reputation for shade tolerance of the Zoysia grass varieties and also has good drought resistance.. Zoysia can give you an early green up in the spring and a late dormancy in the fall. We think the dormant zoysia looks good even in the winter.


Bermuda

Bermuda grass is most certainly the easiest to grow in our area - as long as you have ample sunlight. Common Bermuda grass is a naturally occurring grass in our area. Picture of Tifway 419 Bermuda green grass lawn You can also purchase bermuda grass seed. Just like most grass, timing is important.  In the Greenville, Spartanburg, Simpsonville area you should plant your bermuda grass seed between May 1st and June 15th. Several varieties and differing qualities of bermunda grass seed may be purchased.  For a more lush bermuda that is a dark green and disease and weed resistant; you can use a hybrid like Tifway 419.  Tifway 419 needs to be installed as sod.


Centipede

Centipede grass is the least common of the upstate grasses, but has many features that make it a popular choice. Centipede can be established by seeding, sprigging, plugging or sodding. Centipede also needs less mowing and fertilizing than most other grasses. Centipede green grass lawn image


Fertilizing and care

Fescue

I can't tell you how many times I have seen what could have been a beautiful fescue lawn ruined by lack of proper care. We do offer a fertilization program. Feel free to call us for a free estimate. Here are the vital steps if you are doing all or part of the work...

Summer - A good time to spread lime in your lawn area. You could take a soil sample and get good information from Clemson, but after 25 years of basically getting the same results from soil samples I can tell you that you need lime in upstate South Carolina.
August - A good time to kill existing undesirable weeds and grasses in your lawn area. For killing anything you spray, use roundup. For killing lawn weeds, but not the grass, use a lawn weed killer that has 2-4-D in it. Note: You can use roundup up until the day you seed, but 2-4-D should not be used within 4 weeks of seeding time. 2-4-D can hurt the new seed germination.
Late September - Prepare your lawn for seed. Generally aerating is good enough. Sometimes in rough areas you need to actually till the ground. Certainly if you have not much established grass and are going all out for the perfect lawn - tilling and adding compost, then hand raking to a smooth finish is the way to go. Aerating with a core aerator is best. This needs to be thorough, we spend about 3 hours per 10,000 square feet of lawn. Then you spread about 3-5 lbs of seed and about 5 lbs of fertilizer per 1,000 sq. ft. The seed needs to be a high quality and drought resistant. You can use 16-4-8 or any number of starter fertilizers. We slightly prefer an organic fertilizer with high phosphorus.
6 weeks after seeding - Time for the 2nd fall fertilizing. 5 lbs of 16-4-8 per 1,000 sq ft will work fine.
Late February - Apply a preemergence (also called "crabgrass preventer")
March - Fertilize again
10 weeks after preemergence - Apply preemergence again. Other important factors: To aid in the germination in September, water often (as much as 3 times a day) but lightly. After lawn is established, water not so often, but thoroughly. Mow often and mow high. We slightly prefer mulching the cut grass, not bagging. Watering in the early morning is a far superior time than in the afternoon or evening. Using a lawn weed killer with 2-4-D is ok if used sparingly and never when the temperature is above 85 degrees.


Other online articles regarding lawns and grass care by Rich:

How to create...Fescue Lawn
Irrigation systems, how long and how often.
6 steps to less weeds.


Areas serviced

We cover Greenville and Spartanburg counties in upstate South Carolina