11 Dec 2020
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Winter Weed Control in North Carolina

Weed control may not be top of mind in the winter; but, here in North Carolina, it’s a must. Our unpredictable winters mean weeds often get the warmth they need to flourish.

That’s right, even when your lawn is dormant, weeds may be active below the surface. Luckily, there are lawn care treatments and steps you can take to control those pesky winter weeds.

Here are the weeds you should look out for and steps you can take to control them:

Winter Weeds in North Carolina

Winter weeds start germinating in the late summer and early fall, grow throughout January and February, and flower into unsightly weeds around March. These are some of the most common winter weeds we see in North Carolina:

  • Chickweed
  • Poa Annua (annual bluegrass)
  • Hairy bittercress
  • Dandelions
  • Henbit
  • Wild Violet
  • Clover

How to Control Weeds During the Winter

Since the lifecycle of a winter weed is long, it’s important to start treating them as soon as possible. The earlier you begin treating, the less likely they’ll live through the winter.

To control and treat winter weeds, you’ll need to do two things: maintain your turf and apply regular pre-emergent weed control.

First, maintain your lawn by keeping it well-fertilized, adequately watered, and mowed to the proper height. Ideal heights for common grasses are:

  • Bermuda and zoysia 1 ½ – 2”
  • Centipede 1 – 1 ½ ”
  • St. Augustine 3 – 4”

Keeping your grass to these heights ensures that your lawn has healthy roots and is soaking up the nutrients, leaving little for weeds to take in. If you have flowerbeds, keeping them mulched also reduces the risk of weeds germinating in them.

Second, it’s important to apply pre-emergent weed control to kill weed seedlings as they germinate and before they emerge from the soil. This will help control many winter annual broadleaf weeds as well as poa annua leaving your warm season lawn, clean, brown and weed free for the winter.

Winter Weed Killer

For DIY weed control, it’s important to know that liquid weed killers will typically only control actively growing broadleaf weeds.

Leave Winter Weed Control to the Pros

This is where professional lawn maintenance can save you a lot of time and money. As experts in North Carolina lawns, Barefoot Lawn Care knows what it takes to treat and control pesky winter weeds. No more treating your lawn, only to realize the herbicide you purchased doesn’t work on the weeds in your yard.

If you’d like to hand your lawn over to the pros this winter, log into your customer portal or contact us today for your free consultation.

12 Oct 2020
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Fall Lawn Care Tips for Fescue Lawns

Fall is the most beautiful time of year in North Carolina, but for homeowners with fescue, they may be wondering why their lawn doesn’t match the beauty of the changing leaves.

The truth is that summer in North Carolina can be hard on fescue lawns. The good news is that fall is the ideal time for fescue overseeding! More than just sprinkling grass seed, overseeding fescue is a multi-step process that ensures your lawn recovers after a hot summer.

Barefoot Lawn Care is proud to offer this service to customers on a first-come, first-served basis. Keep reading to learn more and to schedule your overseeding appointment.

Renovating a Fescue Lawn in the Fall

Fall is the best time for renovating fescue lawns and the best time to heavily fertilize.

To get your fescue lawn back in tip-top shape, start with a soil test. This tells us what minerals are present in your soil and which minerals are lacking so we can best treat your lawn.

When it comes to renovating your lawn for fall, we recommend core aeration with lime and starter fertilizer, at a minimum. This combination of services allows the lime, fertilizer, and seed to penetrate your lawn through the holes created by aerating.

To schedule this service for your lawn, visit the customer portal or call us at (919) 934-3554.

At-Home Fall Lawn Care

In addition to overseeding from Barefoot Lawn Care, there are a few things you can do to keep your lawn healthy this fall!

  • Regularly rake up or mulch leaves so your lawn can get the sunlight and air it needs
  • Mow your lawn 1-2 inches shorter than you mow it the rest of the year
  • Keep watering your lawn, even as the temperatures fall
  • Keep up with your lawn care treatments to ensure your lawn gets consistent care throughout the year
  • Put your patio furniture away for the winter to keep it in good shape

Trust Your Lawn to Barefoot Lawn Care This Fall

If you’re ready to renovate your fescue lawn for fall, choose Barefoot Lawn Care. We service the greater Triangle area, working in Apex, Cary, Garner, Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Johnston County, Wake County, Wake Forest, and the surrounding areas. Give us a call at (919) 934-3554, and we’ll get your overseeding set up.

23 Feb 2019
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Spring Weed Control

How to prepare your lawn for weed control all year

Now is the time to apply pre-emergent products for the control of crabgrass, goosegrass, foxtail and other summer annual weeds. Barefoot Lawn Care is celebrating 32 years of excellence in 2020 and you can count on us for delivering great results by using quality products by properly trained professionals. No matter what type of turf you may have, we have specialized custom lawn care programs with specific applications for each turf type. This method ensures we don’t damage any turf but deliver superior results for your specific type of turf.

30 Jan 2018
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Lawn Drainage: The Triangle’s Topography & Hilly Homes

For homeowners in Raleigh, Cary, and throughout the Triangle, lawn drainage is a problem that just won’t go away. Thanks to our area’s hilly landscape, homes are at a higher risk of having issues with standing water. On top of that, the Piedmont region of North Carolina (which includes the Triangle) gets around 45 inches of rain per year. Compared to the national average of 39 inches, that means that homes not only can’t handle the water but get more water than most of the United States.

While finding reputable help can get frustrating, there are companies in the Triangle who are specially trained and skilled at efficiently solving lawn drainage problems and thereby banishing standing water.

The Triangle Topography: Hilly Homes & Poor Drainage

When buying a home, you often don’t consider what happens when the weather isn’t grand. After all, you’re probably focused on enjoying sunny days with friends and family there–not in the middle of a torrential rainstorm. There isn’t a thing wrong with that, but before you sign on the dotted line to purchase the property, be sure you explore the home’s property elevation and proximity to water. Without the appropriate grading and exit strategy for the rain that falls on your property, you can quickly find yourself in over your head.

Standing water may seem like nothing to worry about, but some of the unfortunate side effects of poor lawn drainage include these pesky yard pests:

  • Mosquitoes: Standing water is known to be a breeding ground for mosquito larvae. Even a small puddle can help bring enough mosquitoes around to bother you and your neighbors if it becomes a permanent fixture of the land.
  • Root rot: Some plants can handle flood conditions, but most grasses, trees, shrubs, and flowers will experience root rot and suffocate from oversaturation. Years of hard work and landscapes can be undone quickly by a strong storm.
  • Fungal invasion: Fungus lives and flourishes off of moisture. If your property gets standing water, it can become one big fungus farm. Mold and mildew spores could land and create colonies that could quickly spread to your home.
  • Flooding of your home: Depending on the kind of lawn drainage problems occurring on your property, your home may be in line for damage, too. When water directs towards–rather than away from–the house with poor grading, flooding of a crawlspace or basement becomes inevitable.
  • Inability to enjoy the land: Remember those sunny day daydreams in the new home? If you have standing water, even once the rain clouds have cleared, you may be left with a wet and swampy yard that will be difficult to enjoy in the sunshine.

Solving Standing Water Problems

Thankfully, there are solutions to fix poor lawn drainage, even in hilly areas like Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill. There are a few strategies homeowners and lawn care experts employ to deal with these issues:

  • Grading: This is among the most crucial ways to repair poorly executed lawn drainage. If your land leads towards the house or a low lying area with poor drainage, there will be problems. Experts will revisit the land’s topography to ensure any downward slopes are pointed away from a home’s foundation, thereby allowing all moisture to move through your property without places to settle.
  • Surface Absorption Rates: As you may have guessed, once the water is moving away from the primary structures, the next thing to figure out is what surface will help that water on its way? Initially, you may think that impervious surfaces–like hard dirt and concrete–are the solution to the problem when realistically, you will want a property that can absorb a lot of liquid without becoming flooded. Assess those harder surfaces strategically to figure out how they fit into the improved drainage of the property.
  • Gutters: While grading is essential to clear rain flow, don’t overlook your home’s gutter systems. They should work with you, and not against you, as an effective tool to push rainwater away from the home and closer to the proper runoff system. Additionally, employing rain gardens and dry creek beds can prevent these runoff plans from becoming eyesores.

Barefoot Lawn Care: Lawn Drainage Experts

Lawn drainage problems can quickly become a complicated task involving specialized equipment and some serious planning. Don’t trust your lawn drainage problem with a novice–count on Barefoot Lawn Care to help fix the problem. We service the greater Triangle area, working in Apex, Cary, Garner, Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Johnston County, Wake County, Wake Forest and the surrounding areas. Give us a call the moment you notice drainage problems at (919) 934-3554, and we’ll get a team and a plan in motion immediately.

06 Feb 2017
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Spring/Summer Annual WEED CONTROL

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Every season presents new challenges for maintaining a beautiful lawn. Spring brings a lot of moisture and Summer brings heat. But these months are also when warm-season grasses thrive. As a transition zone, North Carolina has both warm and cool-season grass. If your lawn has warm-season grasses, they can be choked out by weeds that also thrive in this season.

Now is the time to begin applications of spring and summer pre-emergent products for the control of crabgrass, goosegrass, foxtail, and other summer annual weeds. In the Triangle area of North Carolina, we generally see crabgrass germination when the average daily soil temperature reaches and maintains 55 degrees and goosegrass at 60 degrees. This has been a fairly mild winter, and we have seen above average warm days which is causing the soil temperature to rise.

What Barefoot offers for warm season annual weed control
Barefoot Lawn Care has served the Triangle area since 1988 and has been trusted by more and more of its residents as we’ve proved the quality of our work. Just looking at our gallery will give you an idea of what the lawns and landscapes we tend look like.

For weed control, pre-emergent herbicides are what we recommend if you want to prevent the problem before it sprouts. These products prevent seeds from germinating. It is best to apply these in the spring before germination has occurred.

As the summer progresses, weed control remains important. Post-emergent herbicides are one way of removing weeds that have already sprouted. We have a number of tools and tactics at our disposal to rid your lawn of hard to kill weeds.

Call us today to learn more!
When it comes to lawn care, one of the only things more irritating than weeds is being required to sign a maintenance contract. Barefoot Lawn Care does not require this from our customers. Instead, we bill only as each service is performed. This makes it easy for you to stop service with us if you aren’t satisfied. We are able to operate this way because we are confident in our work.

Our office is in Smithfield, just south of the state capital, and we serve the entire Triangle area, including Fuquay Varina, Apex, Cary, Morrisville, Raleigh, Clayton, Holly Springs, Johnston County and beyond. Call us today at (919) 934-3554 or visit our complete lawn care page here to learn more.

17 Aug 2016

Time To Start Fall Overseeding Of Fescue

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As we approach the end of August and the 1st of September, now is the time to begin preparations for fall overseeding in the Triangle area of North Carolina.  If you have any weeds, broadleaf, crabgrass or sedges, now is the time to eradicate weeds prior to overseeding.  This has been a relatively bad year for fescue lawns, severe heat stress and some drought conditions has left many fescue lawns in poor condition.  A good fall renovation plan with core aeration, applications of necessary amendments and seeding with a quality fescue blend will ensure a nice looking fescue lawn again soon.  Call your local turf service experts here at Barefoot Lawn Care to get your lawn scheduled for renovation services now.  We can be reached at (919)-934-3554 or anytime at info@barefootlawncare.com

22 Oct 2015
Controlling Brown Patch

Controlling Brown Patch Disease

Brown patch disease is a very common problem for property owners across the country and right here in the Triangle area. North Carolina experiences a lot of it because of our hot, humid summers. When temperatures rise, the fungus Rhizoctonia solani finds fertile ground for growth. The disease begins to develop when night temperatures exceed 60°F, but is most severe when low and high temperatures are above 70°F and 90°F, respectively.

The fungus is especially aggressive when the air is humid or if the lawn is damp at night. The brown fungus can infect turfgrass that has been continuously wet for 10 to 12 hours. Poor soil drainage, lack of air movement, shade, cloudy weather, dew, over-watering, and watering in the late afternoon can increase the likelihood of the disease affecting the area.

You may be able to catch and treat the growth of brown patch disease early if you see brown spotting on grass blades. When these spots connect to turn entire blades brown, and then entire patches of grass brown, it’s likely caused by this fungus. There will also be a darker edge to the brown patch that surrounds the dead and brown grass. If you have concerns about brown patch disease and live in Apex, Cary, Garner, Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Johnston County, Wake County, Wake Forest or the surrounding areas, give Barefoot Lawn Care a call.

LAWN TIP: DO NOT water at night or late evening! Leaving the lawn damp at night will encourage fungal growth.

20 Oct 2015
Using leaves as mulch

The Benefits of Using Leaves as Mulch

Why Use Leaves Instead of Mulch?

Using leaves as mulch on Raleigh lawns makes sense on so many levels:

  • It is completely free if the leaves come from your own lawn
  • You don’t have to worry about transporting anything to or from your lawn
  • Leaves have important trace minerals that the tree pulled from your soil and can be recycled back in
  • They decompose quickly and don’t grow fungus as readily
  • Leaves prevent evaporation, keeping better soil moisture

It is common practice among lawn experts to shred their leaves and use them as a mulch. That is because many of these benefits cannot be said of whole leaves. So, what additional benefit comes from shredding the leaves before using them as mulch?

Why Shred Leaves?
Actually, there are many reasons shredded leaves make much better mulch than full leaves. For one, full leaves block in so much air and water that it can suffocate the lawn’s growth. The excess moisture cannot evaporate and fungi form. There is also a possibility of matting as they bunch together. Whole leaves do not disintegrate as quickly, either, so they cannot improve lawn fertility as readily.

For best results, gather your leaves and find a way to shred them as finely as possible. There are leaf mulching machines that are specifically designed for the job, but others use their lawn mowers and leaf blowers. Overall, finely shredded leaves are a perfect mulch for around flower beds and trees because of the low cost, convenience, and effectiveness they provide.

Those in Apex, Cary, Garner, Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Johnston County, Wake County, Wake Forest or the surrounding areas, can rely on Barefoot Lawn Care as local experts in mulching and fertilization.

20 Oct 2015
Ask the Expert: The Perfect Length for a Lawn

Ask the Expert: The Perfect Length for a Lawn

Barefoot Lawn Care is a local landscaping and lawn care expert for those in Apex, Cary, Garner, Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Johnston County, Wake County, Wake Forest and the surrounding areas, who are seeking answers on all lawn care questions. Every week we are asked a wide variety of questions from customers and others in the area. We are confident that if you have a question, we will be able to answer it to your satisfaction.

One of our most common questions: 

What is the proper length to mow one’s lawn?

North Carolina is in a transitional zone between northern areas that use more cool-season grasses and southern areas that rely more on warm-season grasses. This means property owners use a wide variety of turfgrasses with different recommended lengths.

Each of these grass types does have a “healthiest” length for cutting, however. Cutting below that length can be damaging to the lawn, exposing it to heat and disease. After finding the recommended length for your particular species of grass, it is best to err on the longer side of that number when you mow. During hotter months this is especially true. In cooler months it is not as harmful to cut in the lower end of the recommended length.

Grasses that are kept shorter (between ¼ inch and an inch) include bent grass and bermuda grass. The middle range (one to two inches) include zoysia, centipede, and St. Augustine. Longer grasses that should stay above two inches include tall fescue, buffalo grass, and bahia grass.

If you’re unsure what grass makes the most sense for your lawn, or how to best care for it, give us a call.

16 Oct 2015
10 Ideas for Landscaping Property Lines

10 Ideas for Landscaping Property Lines

North Carolina is a quickly growing state. You likely have many new neighbors moving in, and, as the saying goes, “Good fences make good neighbors.” With that in mind, we will discuss 10 great ideas for how you can landscape your property lines. For many of these ideas, you should make sure to discuss them with your neighbors so the border between your properties is satisfactory to both of you. Boundary disputes with neighbors are always best to avoid.

  1. Wooden fencing – The white picket fence is a classic look, but there are many other wooden fencing options, as well.
  2. Chain-link fencing – This is not as aesthetically pleasing, but it is still a very popular option due to its price and strength.
  3. Stone wall – Stone is perhaps the oldest building material. It has a timeless quality of style and permanence. Stone walls can be a bit pricy, but they’re well worth it.
  4. Vegetable garden – Many people are getting back into vegetable gardening. It’s a fun hobby, and raised beds are a great way to line your property line.
  5. Flower garden – Having a well-maintained flower garden along your property boundary is not something your neighbor is likely to complain about. They are beautiful, classy, colorful, and fun to care for.
  6. A path or driveway – Long driveways make good property markers, especially out in the country. A stone or brick path can also run the length of a property line.
  7. Structures – A shed can be a good marker of the precise corner of a property. It will create a line of sight in both directions where the edge can be easily seen. Gazebos and pergolas are other structures that may work, depending on the context.
  8. Hedges – A tall hedge is an excellent way to create a natural barrier between properties. They take some upkeep and trimming, but are sturdy and there are many varieties of shrub or bush that can be used.
  9. Ornamental grasses – Similarly, certain tall grasses create a natural look. These are not as sturdy as a hedge, but they provide a unique and elegant look.
  10. Tree line – Trees are not usually as efficient in forming a wall, like a hedge might be, but they are often used to show the property boundary. Having a line of identical trees evenly spaced is an impressive statement. 

If you’d like to give your property lines a new look, contact us today and we can find the right option for you!