Buildings & Grounds
The Buildings and Grounds Division is responsible for the maintenance of all the town's buildings and public spaces, including right of ways, greenways, trails, park sites, and the town cemetery.
We have three custodians who ensure the care of 31 town buildings, including all public restrooms. We clean restrooms an average of 400 times per month in the parks alone.
Trees are very important to Southern Pines
Southern Pines is an Arbor Day Foundation recognized Tree City USA since 1980, making our community one of the longest running award recipient communities in North Carolina.
The Town and the Appearance Commission's Tree Committee would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and comments regarding revising The Town's Illegal Tree Removal Policy.
Tips for Fall
Fall is the time of year for planting new trees and shrubs. It is also a good time to transplant shrubs, trees, and divide your perennials. Fall is the time to over seed your lawn with annual ryegrass if you choose to do so. If you have warm season grasses which includes bermuda, centipede, and zoysia it is a good time to apply potassium 0-0-60 to your lawn. You can get it at your local garden center or landscape supply. Once the last leaf has fallen is a good time to give your landscape a good once over clean up any pieces of leaf and limbs to help prevent diseases and harbor pests. If you don’t already have a compost pile it is a good time to start one. After cleaning up your perennial beds and shrub beds give the beds a good amount of mulch to help insulate the roots and crowns from the cold. Fall is also the time to plant winter annuals such as pansies, violas, ornamental cabbage, kale, and snapdragons. Spring blooming bulbs such as tulips and daffodils should be planted in November and December. One of the best ways to keep your landscape looking it’s best is to take soil samples. If you send your samples to N.C. Department of Agriculture before Nov 24th they will test it for free. After Nov 24th it will cost $4.00 a sample. Collection boxes can be obtained at the Carthage Extension office. We will change out our color beds around the third week of October. As always should there be any questions please call the Town of Southern Pines Building & Grounds office at 910-692-4863.