The Challenges of Turf Grasses in S.C.

Sep 26, 2017

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Gardening in South Carolina presents lots of challenges, and how to manage our lawns is a major one.   Depending on your needs and location, you can choose from two types of turf grasses for your lawn, warm season or cool season.  Some areas can choose between the two. For those of us in the coastal plain, our only option is to grow a warm season turf grass. These grasses green up in the spring, grow all summer, and then go dormant with the arrival of fall. In other parts of the state, some people can choose either – the cool season grasses are a golden tan (I’m slightly waxing poetically) in summer but then green up in winter. Each type of grass should be fertilized only when it is actively growing --   but the products offered for homeowners sometimes promote inappropriate and harmful applications.