FAQ’s / Links
Does Southland do lawn maintenance?
Whatever the scope of the project, we can assist you, however we DO NOT do lawn maintenance. If you need to find a lawn care team we have a list of qualified area lawn professionals to choose from.
When is the best time to plant shrubs & trees in this area?
For our Southern Coastal Region:
September is the BEST month, and October is the SECOND BEST. August is the WORST month and July is a CLOSE SECOND. Keep in mind, even though plants are harder to grow and keep healthy, you can plant shrubs throughout the year if they have been grown in containers, as long as you water frequently until they are established.
“If you wait until the wind and the weather are just right, you will never plant anything and never harvest.” — Ancient proverb
What plants or shrubs can I plant for color in the Autumn & Winter?
FALL: mums, dianthus, million bells, calandula, lobelia, allysm, zinnia, petunias, sage, sun flowers, asters, mexican sage, marigolds, sansaquas, american beauty bush, violas, & pansies
WINTER: cabbage, kale, red mustard, swiss chard, pansies, violas, snapdragons, dusty miller (silver), dianthus, and million bells.
The following are shrubs and vines that also bring color in those cooler months:
ABELIA (red to purple leaves)
AUCUBA ( red berries in winter)
AZALEAS ( reds and purple leaves in winter)
BURNING BUSH (red leaves in fall and then leaves fall)
CAMELLIA (JAPONICA) blooms December to March
CAMELLIA (SASANQUA) blooms October to December
CLEYERA (reds, yellows, orange leaves in winter)
FORSYTHIA (blooms in February and March)
GRASSES (yellows and tannish brown leaves in winter)
HOLLY (BURFORDI, FOSTERI, NEEDLEPOINT, NELLIE R. STEVENS, SAVANNAH, WEEPING YAUPON) red berries
HYDRANGEA (OAKLEAF) red and purples leaves in fall
INDIAN HAWTHORN (blackish-blue berries in winter)
JASMINE VINE (CONFEDERATE) red, purple leaves in winter
JUNIPERS (some turn golden rust or purple in winter)
LIGUSTRUM (blackish colored berries in winter)
NANDINIA’S (leaves turn red and more red the colder it gets)
PYRACANTHIA (orange or red berries in winter)
QUINCE (blooms in February and March)
ROSE, KNOCK OUTS (blooms into December)
SPIREA (oranges and yellows before losing leaves in fall)
TEA OLIVE (blooms with month’s with R’s in the cold weather)
VIBURNUM, SUSPENSUM (red to purple leaves in winter)
IVY (purple leaves in winter)
ASIATIC JASMINE (red and purple leaves in winter)
ELEAGNUS (blooms around late September (sweet smell)
MUHLY GRASS (one of the last grasses to plum out in fall around late September into October– purple-pink color)
FATSIA (blooms near fall and then has black berries)
LIRIOPE (black colored berries in fall)
JAPANESE MAGNOLIA (blooms in March)
When do I fertilize centipede grass?
Centipede grass probably has the lowest maintenance requirement of the warm season grasses. Its popularity is based on the fact that it is easy to grow! This is a grass that you don’t fertilize often, in fact too much can kill it. However, it will require fertilizing at the time the sod is installed and once a year in late spring (approximately end of April) after the grass begins to turn green. In the late summer (August), if the color has changed drastically to a light yellowish green then fertilize for a second time. Remember – do not fertilize established Centipede Grass after September 1st. Southland Nursery’s owner, Buddy Cox, who has 30+ years of experience has found that 16-4-8 Slow Release Granular fertilizer is a good all-purpose fertilizer. One bag normally covers 5,000 sq. ft., but keep in mind, over-fertilizing grass is NEVER good. In problem situations, it may not be a fertilizer issue, therefore we recommend doing a soil test through either the Clemson Extension or Horry Geo’twn Technical College. We then suggest following the instructions from the results of your soil test. If it is a feed problem, your soil test will recommend which fertilizer is needed. If you are unsure about amount or have any other questions you can email us and we will promptly get back with you.
When do I use Weed & Feed on my grass?
When it comes to “Weed & Feed” the general consensus of the experienced centipede experts say NEVER! You especially do not want to use “Weed & Feed” during the first 2 years of new sod but if you insist, use it only on mature lawns. Remember, always read labels carefully and follow the directions. What we recommend for weed control is to ignor late Winter weeds in early Spring and keep grass mowed at a short length. As the the new grass comes in the weeds will die out on their own. If you keep a proper PH for centipede grass (approx. 5.4 – 5.5) the centepede will normally keep most weeds choked out without any need for chemical weed control.