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 & Associates 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 & Associates 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 & Associates, 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 & Associates This Fall

If you’re ready to renovate your fescue lawn for fall, choose Barefoot & Associates. 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 & Associates 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 & Associates: 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 & Associates 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 & Associates 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 & Associates 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.

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.