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Lawns are smooth, living carpets that add beauty and recreational space to you home. The benefits of a healthy lawn go beyond the obvious. As your grass grows, it is working to help the environment by stabilizing soil and reducing air pollution, noise, heat, dust, and glare. Surveys show that an attractive, well-landscaped lawn can even add to the value of your home.

To reap the rewards of a handsome lawn, take great care in the selection, establishment, maintenance, and renovation of your lawn grass. With proper choices, a durable lawn will grow with minimal maintenance and pesticides use.

Carolina Lawns


Prepared by:
A.H. Bruneau, Crop Science Extension Specialist (Turf)
W.M. Lewis, Crop Science Extension Specialist (Weed Management)
L.T. Lucas, Plant Pathology Extension Specialist
R.L. Brandenburg, Extension Entomology Specialist
J.V. Baird, Soil Science Extension Specialist
M.A. Powell, Horticultural Science Extension Specialist
J.M. DiPaola, Crop Science Turf Research
C. Peacock, Crop Science Turf Research
R. White, Crop Science Turf Research

Additional Reference Material

Contact your county Cooperatiive Extension Center for the following lawn care publications:

Tall Fescue Lawn Maintenance Calendar, AG-367
Centipedegrass Lawn Maintenance, AG-381
Bermudagrass Lawn Calendar, AG-431
Zoysiagrass Lawn Calendar, AG-432
Diseases of Warm-Seasons Grasses, AG-360
Controlling White Grubs in Turf, AG-366
Master Gardner Insect Guide for Ornamentals and Turf, AG-433 ($3.00)
Turfgrass Pest Management Manual, AG-348
Insect and Other Pests Associated with Turf, AG-268 ($4.00)
Insect Management in Turf, AG-447

Publication AG-69
Revised 4/92
North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service
North Carolina State University

Recommendations for the use of agricultural chemicals are included in this publication as a convenience to the reader. The use of brand names and any mention or listing of commercial products or services in this publication does not imply endorsement by the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service nor discrimination against similar products or services not mentioned. Individuals who use agricultural chemicals are responsible for ensuring that the intended use complies with current regulations and conforms to the product label. Be sure to obtain current information about usage regulations and examine a current product label before applying any chemical. For assistance, contact your county Cooperative Extension Service agent.