15 Oct 2015
What You Can Grow In Shady Spaces

What You Can Grow In Shady Spaces

Grass, and most other plants, thrive in sunlight. They use it to get a lot of their energy, so if they are not placed in a well-sunned area, they may suffer. If grass has an average of four to six hours of sunlight a day, that is enough to survive. What if you have an area of your property that cannot provide that, though? Fortunately, there are other options for Triangle-area property owners.

Shade-tolerant grasses

One possibility is simply to plant a more tolerant strand of grass in that part of the property. Grasses that are known for being able to do a bit better in the shade include:

Alternate ground cover

As it turns out, turfgrass is not the only possible ground cover. Certain other plants can be used as ground cover and are much more tolerant of not receiving direct sunlight. Ajuga, pachysandra, golden star, and sweet woodruff are all good options, among many others.

Leafy vegetables

Vegetables like green peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers that grow from a blossom do not do well in the shade. Root vegetables do a little better, but still do not thrive. Leafy greens, though, like spinach and salad greens, actually prefer growing in more shaded areas. Consider planting a vegetable garden in the shade using these plants.

Consult Barefoot and Associates

When in doubt, consult the experts, though. Flowers, vegetables, alternative ground cover, and shade-tolerant grasses are only some of the possibilities – we can find the best option to fit your needs. If you live in Apex, Cary, Garner, Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Johnston County, Wake County, Wake Forest or the surrounding areas, give Barefoot and Associates to discuss your options for growing plants in a shady area.

22 Sep 2015

How to Get Rid of Crabgrass for Good

Crabgrass is a nemesis of lawn lovers everywhere, including here in the Raleigh area. It’s scientific name, Digitaria is a warm, seasonal plant that grows annually that many people consider a weed. The reason behind the name “Crabgrass” comes from its characteristic of sharing a common and shallow root system that appears to be spread out like a crab across the lawn.

How does Crabgrass emerge?
When the weather warms, the soil in the earth gradually warms as well. This is when crabgrass starts to grow.
Once the temperature of the atmosphere reaches around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, Crabgrass seeds left by plants prior begin to grow; the seeds that never germinated the year before now begin to do so.
These germinating plants quickly grow and emerge onto the exterior surface.
Crabgrass plants create thousands of seeds every year to be left in the ground to produce more Crabgrass the following year.
However, come fall, Crabgrass stops producing seeds and the cold weather kills off the rest of that year’s plants.

How to eliminate Crabgrass from your lawn

The best way to eliminate Crabgrass is to focus on preventing it from emerging at all. Pre-emergent herbicides can be applied to kill the soon-to-germinate Crabgrass seeds before they ever have a chance to sprout. In addition, it is best to maintain a healthy, full lawn as a defense to Crabgrass.

For example, if you water your lawn less frequently and more deeply, the shallow root system of the Crabgrass will not be able to use this resource. Though, your turfgrass will.
Another method of Crabgrass prevention is to mow your lawn a little longer than normal so that the Crabgrass does not receive the direct sunlight it needs in order to produce more plants the following year.

Barefoot and Associates can eliminate your Crabgrass invasion

In reality, winning the war against Crabgrass is a difficult task. The timing for laying down pre-emergent herbicide, for example, has to be very precise. You can do this by taking soil temperatures, followed by applying the herbicide at just the right moment. Barefoot and Associates have the Crabgrass prevention process down to a science. Call us at 919-934-3554 if you’re in Apex, Cary, Garner, Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Johnston County, Wake County, Wake Forest or the surrounding areas and are interested in our help on dealing with the aggravating problem of Crabgrass, once and for all.

12 May 2015

Time to treat for Grubs

White grubs are turf pests found throughout North Carolina. It is not uncommon to find 10 or more grubs per square foot feeding on grass roots. Heavily infested turf wilts or dies, often leaving the lawn feeling soft and spongy. Grubs may feed for several months before any turf damage becomes visible. Severely damaged turf may be rolled back like a carpet because its root system has been destroyed. Bluegrass and bentgrass are the varieties most seriously attacked, but all grasses are susceptible.

Because of their underground feeding habits, white grubs are more difficult to detect and control than many of the pests that feed above ground. If they are promptly detected and identified, they can be controlled through treatments applied at the appropriate time.

The timing of the insecticide application is critical if control is to be effective. There are two approaches, preventative and curative. Some of the newer products (Merit® and Mach 2®) are preventative, and are most effective when applied prior to when the eggs are laid. Now is the time to consider making these preventative treatments as the end of April and 1st of May is usually an ideal time for this area .


Picture of a white Grub

26 Nov 2014

Warm Season Turf Winter Annual Weed Control

Warm Season Turf Winter Annual Weed Control
In Raleigh and the greater Triangle area of North Carolina both warm season and cool season grasses can thrive. You’ll find lawns throughout the area who have one or the other. Warm season grass will become active and grow during spring and summer and go dormant in the winter. That doesn’t mean you want to forget about your lawn over the cooler months. Even though the lawn may be dormant, weeds will thrive.

Because we are a transition zone with both warm and cool season kinds of grass, cool season weeds are present, and their seeds are likely in your lawn. They will bring about unwanted weeds unless action is taken. So don’t ignore your lawn in the winter. There is a lot that needs to be done in order to encourage the beautiful, healthy lawn you want to see in the warmer months to return.

Apply pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides

As warm season grasses go into dormancy in the Triangle, now is the time to apply pre and post-emergent products for the control of winter annual weeds in your lawn. By killing off the green weeds that were growing, your lawn will turn more of a brown. That’s a good thing! Any grasses that were green and growing in your lawn were not the warm season grasses that you want to encourage.

Pre-emergent herbicides are applied early in the season before the cool season weeds are able to germinate and emerge. Later in the season, or if pre-emergents were not applied, you can also use post-emergent products to eliminate weeds that are growing while the rest of the lawn is dormant.

Barefoot & Associates is a longtime Triangle expert in weed control

Those wanting to control cool season weeds in their warm season grass lawn can trust Barefoot & Associates to get the job done professionally and thoroughly. We have been in the area since 1988 serving clients in Fuquay Varina, Apex, Cary, Morrisville, Raleigh, Clayton, Holly Springs, Johnston County and beyond.

You don’t need to worry about spending time outside this winter trying to figure out which lawn products to use. Let us take care of it. Unlike many other companies, we don’t require a service contract. You only need to pay for services as they are done and can cancel easily anytime. Call us at (919)-934-3554 or email at info@barefootlawncare.com to inquire and find out how we can help keep your lawn weed free this season.

30 Jun 2014

Core Aeration Service

Aeration is one of the most important cultural practices available for your lawn. Aeration helps control thatch, improves the soil structure, helps create growth pockets for new roots, and opens the way for water and fertilizer to reach the root zone of your lawn. The end result is a beautiful lawn.


Aeration removes thousands of small cores of soil 1″ to 3″ in length from your lawn. These cores “melt” back into the lawn after a few rainfalls, mixing with whatever thatch exists on your lawn. The holes created by aeration catch fertilizer and water. Turf roots naturally grow toward these growth pockets and thicken in the process. Aeration holes also relieve pressure from compacted soils, letting oxygen and water move freely into the root zone.


Thatch on your lawn works like a thatched roof. This layer of roots, stems and other plant parts shed water and prevents fertilizers and insect controls from moving freely into the soil. Thatch that is too heavy can make major lawn renovation necessary. Regular aeration helps thatch break down naturally by mixing the soil cores into the thatch and speeding up decomposition. Performed once or twice per year, aeration significantly reduces thatch and improves turf growth.  Barefoot and Associates is here to help provide any service your lawn may need, so call us today to discuss how aeration can help keep your lawn looking good!

**Note: If your lawn has irrigation, all heads and valve boxes should be clearly marked and if you have an underground dog fence, the perimeter of the fence should be marked also. We will not be held liable for the underground dog fence if damage occurs.

03 Feb 2014

Pre-emergent Weed Control in your TURF & ORNAMENTAL BEDS

TURF & ORNAMENTALS: Now is the time to begin thinking about applying pre-emergent products in your lawn & ornamental beds or natural areas. We will be applying pre-emergent products in February for the control of crabgrass, goosegrass and foxtail. These major weeds germinate when soil temperatures reach an average soil temperature of 55 degrees. Please note that these pre-emergent products do not control all weeds, (i.e. bahiagrass, dallisgrass, nutsedge and some broadleaf weeds are not covered and if become present in your lawn will require a selective post-emergent product application.

10 Sep 2013

FALL SEEDING: It is Time for Fall Seeding of Cool Season Grasses

The Fall is always the best time to establish or renovate cool season grasses in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Fescue is the primary choice of cool season turf in this area.  Young seedlings  normally emerge and grow best when air temperatures are between 70 and 80 degrees. Soil temperatures need to be greater than 60 degrees for good germination. So, now is the ideal time.  If you are interested in a quote for seeding or sodding of cool season turf, please give us a call for a free, no obligation quote.

13 Jun 2013

Time to treat for Disease of Turf

Now is the time to treat for disease of turf.  With all the rainfall recently resulting in prolonged periods of dampness to the plant and leaf tissue along with high humidity, the conditions are perfect for turf disease development.  We have now treated most lawns with the first round of curative and preventative treatments for brown patch disease in tall fescue.

We are also seeing some dollarspot disease in certain types of bermudagrass turf.  If you are seeing patches of  wilting or brown turf, please call us as soon as possible to schedule a treatment.

NOTE: It is not recommended you water turf late in the evening as this will enhance the opportunity for disease development.  The best time to water is in the early morning hours.

28 Nov 2012

Warm Season Turf WEED CONTROL

Now is the time of year to make winter annual weed control applications for warm season turf.  Our staff is currently spraying a post & pre-emergent foliar spray application for the control of winter annual broadleaf weeds and poa annua.  This will leave your dormant turf completely brown and weed free during the winter months.  We get many phone calls this time of year wanting to know what the green spray is on lawns.  We use a spray dye indicator, so our technicians assure complete coverage of  lawns with no missed areas in coverage.  If you want your warm season turf  clean this winter, then give us a call at 919-934-3554.  We service Johnston & Wake Counties to include Smithfield, Clayton, Garner, Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Fuquay Varina and surrounding areas.

17 Oct 2012

Fall is for Planting

Fall is the time for planting in Raleigh, Cary and surrounding areas of The Triangle in NC.  If you have been thinking about a new addition or refurbishment to your existing landscape, please give us a call at 919-934-3554 or use our easy contact form on our website.  Our Landscape Director will be glad to meet with you and discuss the many options from landscape design to installation and maintenance.  We are a FULL service landscape company located in Smithfield NC servicing Wake & Johnston Counties to include Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, Garner, Clayton, Smithfield & beyond. We are a registered landscape contractor with staff that hold certified plant professional and certified turfgrass professional certificates.  We look forward to talking with you soon.