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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

The care that southern lawns, plants, and shrubs require can vary drastically from where you lived prior to the paradise you now call home. Tom Metzger, Director of Golf Course Maintenance has been working his magic to keep the grounds and Club Course of Sea Pines Country Club in pristine condition for over 20 years. In this article, he emphasizes the importance of understanding the difference in soil consistencies, temperatures, and rainfall and shares his expertise in maintaining a yard that you can be proud of all year long.

Watering Your Lawn
As cooler temperatures sneak up on us, southern lawns will typically begin to go dormant in mid to late October. During the winter months of December through March, your irrigation system should be turned off, only watering manually if we are experiencing a dry, warm. Tom urges that you evaluate your irrigation system annually and consider the type of grass you have, in combination with the amount of shade and type of soil, in determining the length of time and number of days you set your irrigation once spring arrives but “typically, no more than a 15-20-minute application, per zone, two or three times a week is more than enough,” says Tom.

Insect Control
Lawn loving insects are not only a nuisance but can cause serious and unsightly damage to your lawn. It is best to treat for insects in May using insecticides that include bifenthrin and imidacloprid as their application will prevent and treat active infestation of grubs, mole crickets, fire ants, fleas, and ticks. Both chemicals contain the active ingredients that are commonly found in our pets’ flea and tick treatments.
Winter Weed Control & Fertilization
Pre-emergent should be applied to your lawn at the beginning of March. Tom explains that most commercial pre-emergents include a coated fertilizer carrier, rich in nitrogen (encourages growth) which is unnecessary this time of year as the grass is unable to absorb theses nutrients in its dormant state and recommends a flat pre-emergent which contains no fertilizer. An April application of quality fertilizer rich in nitrogen and potassium, in combination with an early March weed control, will encourage lush growth and prevent disease once the warmer temperatures and rainfall come.

Pruning Your Shrubs
Tom reminds us that December is the perfect time for heavy pruning (using loppers) of shrubs like Ligustrum and Azalea. Be aware of frost situations and younger plants that may require coverage during those times. It is important to take note, as we come out of winter in February and March, fertilizing your shrubs with an application that contains potassium and phosphorous is extremely beneficial for root building, budding, and spring rejuvenation. This will ensure healthy growth in the spring when these southern beauties are known to take bloom.

Winter-Flowering Plants
Although it doesn’t seem this way at times, Hilton Head Island, in fact has four seasons! Flowers should be swapped out four times a year to maintain a beautiful and manicured yard. Although many perennials grow best in stronger light and warmer temperatures, winter-flowering plants like pansies, violets, and pinks can add robust color to your garden.

Sea Pines Country Club Marshside Garden
Our garden grows just like any other garden in the south and is chock full of cool weather-loving plants including carrots, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, collards, and brussel sprouts. Our garden was planted in early October with the kale and collards ready for their debut in some Chef Brian Coseo’s menu additions. The brussel sprouts will be ready for harvesting in January and the carrots in March. There is always a good time of year to grow fresh vegetables here and we take full advantage!

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