Here are some important tips for you to apply THIS week, so you can give some love to your lawn and landscaping.


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What happened to winter?

Looks like spring is coming a few weeks early with all of the blooms I’m starting to see! In fact, seeing the forsythia shrubs blooming in their vivid yellow colors reminds me to blow the whistle on weeds!!!

See… this shrub tends to bloom within certain temperature ranges that are also conducive to what makes that irritating crabgrass sprout up from seeds that have just been lying around since last summer.

You need to call your lawn fertilization company to come out and apply the first treatment of crabgrass preventer.  In fact, I hope it isn’t too late already!

While we at Benton Outdoor Living do not offer lawn maintenance, I personally worked in Lawn & Landscape Management for over 4 years. So I’m able to offer tips on improving your lawn as well as starting a new one.


If you are applying your own chemicals, you MUST READ and FOLLOW ALL LABEL INSTRUCTIONS along with the SAFETY PRECAUTIONS!!!!

This post in no way offers chemical recommendations, nor do we recommend applications to be done by anyone other than a licensed pesticide applicator. Contact your lawn care specialist for step-by-step recommendations and programs for lawn improvement.

Sun, shade, soil type, moisture, drainage, soil pH, proximity to trees & shrubs, etc., are all factors that affect the overall health and performance of your lawn areas.

For more detailed information on lawn care and establishment, see Clemson University’s Home & Garden Information Center website: http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/landscape/lawns/.



February tends to be the best month to prune many of your fruit trees, as well as other trees and shrubs.

You need to know what time of the year your flowering shrubs bloom if you wish to enjoy their beauty. Many of the spring blooming azaleas and hydrangeas should be pruned after they finish blooming. Otherwise, you risk cutting off potential blooms if you prune them now.

For more information about pruning trees, see Clemson University’s Home & Garden Information Center website: http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/landscape/trees/hgic1003.html

And for information about pruning shrubbery, see: http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/landscape/shrubs/hgic1053.html



If you are wanting to improve the overall quality of life in your outdoor areas, visit us at https://www.bentonoutdoorliving.com/hire-a-charlotte-landscape-designer/ to discuss your outdoor improvement interests.

If you are simply looking for ideas at this time…

Download a FREE copy of “The Ultimate Homeowner’s Patio & Deck Planner” at https://www.bentonoutdoorliving.com/planner/. Once you request this eBook, you will be entered into a mini e-course for outdoor living.

If you would like a workbook to get additional ideas and take notes in for maximizing your outdoor spaces, go to http://www.5stepbackyard.com/ for a FREE copy of “5 Steps To Your Dream Backyard”.


I hope you’ve gained new insights for your landscape and outdoor living areas. If you’ve enjoyed reading this…

Would you forward this along to a friend who would enjoy it too?



Seth Hudson, Outdoor Design Specialist