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Lawn Care Tips for Residents of Maryland


Located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, Maryland offers a wide array of climates and soil types throughout the state. From Annapolis to Baltimore and up to Backbone Mountain in Garrett County, Maryland is agriculturally diverse. When it comes to creating the perfect lawn in your Maryland neighborhood, your local Southern States lawn and garden experts have lawn care tips and answers to your lawn questions.

Maryland has a temperate climate with fairly mild temperatures year round. Variances in temperatures statewide can be accredited to Maryland's diverse geography from the high elevation areas near the West Virginia border to the coastal areas along the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. The average annual precipitation in Maryland is approximately 40.76 inches. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has identified five climate zones in Maryland: 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a and 7b. Climate zones are a great reference tool for determining plant hardiness and deciding the best grass seed variety to grow in your region.

Based on a study by the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service and the University of Maryland, there are multiple soil types in Maryland. Loamy soils (called udorthents) occur naturally in the coastal areas of Maryland at low elevations. Bigpool soils are moderately well-drained, deep soils that can be found in the state's Potomac River flood plain region. Sassafras soil has been described as the state soil of Maryland. This soil type is well-drained, has a low water capacity and contains a high level of organic matter perfect for farming and gardening.

With a wide variety of soil types across the state, the need for lawn products such as grass seed, fertilizer and lime will depend on the homeowner's unique soil requirements. It is always a good idea to conduct a soil test to check the pH and acidity levels before you purchase grass seed and fertilizer. This quick, easy test will help determine the nutrients your lawn needs. If you have questions about the type of soil in your yard, ask your local Southern States® lawn expert in your Maryland hometown.

In order to reduce possible pollution from lawn fertilizer, the Maryland Lawn Fertilizer Bill was passed in 2011. This legislation is designed to help both homeowners and lawn care professionals achieve beautiful, healthy lawns without applying excess amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus. This in turn stops excess nutrients from entering the Chesapeake Bay and harming the plant and animal life.

Choosing the right grass seed variety is vital to having a healthy, beautiful lawn. According to the University of Maryland Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture, tall fescue is the recommended grass for Maryland lawns. Other grasses include: Kentucky bluegrass, zoysiagrass and bermudagrass in certain regions. For the best lawn results, water your grass in the morning hours, keep your grass cut to the proper mowing height and be diligent about controlling weeds.

Trust your Southern States expert in your Maryland hometown to answer all of your lawn care questions. Keep your lawn beautiful all year long - find the lawn supplies and gardening equipment you need in your local Southern States store or shop online at any time.


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