Ornamental Grasses

What happens if I don’t mow Emerald zoysia?

Q: What would happen if I let my emerald zoysia grass grow on a steep bank without mowing? A: It will be “tufty” but could be somewhat attractive. Plant three-inch diameter plugs of grass six inches apart in May. Try...

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Difference Between Annual Bluegrass And Rough Bluegrass?

Q: What is the difference between annual bluegrass and rough bluegrass? A: Annual bluegrass, Poa annua, is a very common grassy weed in local lawns. It is a lighter green than fescue and really stands out against the brown of...

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Fungus Patch Killed My Centipede Lawn

Q: Large patch fungus killed my centipede lawn. I’m going to replant in May, but is it possible that the fungus is still in my soil? How can I kill it?  A: If large patch fungus was originally present, it...

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Black Streaks Under Zoysia

Q: My lawn guy said that my grass needs to be scalped to keep it “healthy”. Underneath the dead grass there’s a lot of black. My zoysia grass has been around for decades and it’s very, very thick. A: The...

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Shelf Life Of Crabgrass Pre-Emergent

Q: Does crabgrass pre-emergent have a shelf life while stored in a bag?  A: As long as the product is kept dry and away from temperature extremes, pre-emergents will be effective for at least three...

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Lawn Covered In Chickweed

Q: My lawn was covered with chickweed last year and this spring! I put down a pre-emergent carefully last fall and watered it in. Why did it not work? A: Since chickweed is an annual plant that sprouts from seed...

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White Grub In Mondo

Q: I was replacing my dying mondo grass and as I planted the first one I found a white grub. Could that be the cause of my plants dying? A: White grubs, which eventually turn into various spring and summer...

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Paspalum Grass In Shade

Q: I saw that Truist Park uses paspalum grass. Our zoysia lawn struggles in an area shaded by some oak trees. Would paspalum have more success? A: I don’t recommend it. Paspalum grass can look very good as a turfgrass...

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Should I Overseed Centipede With Ryegrass To Keep Turf Green

Q: Our HOA board is debating whether to overseed centipede grass with rye grass to keep our turf green all year. What is your opinion?  A: The main reason you should not overseed centipede grass with rye grass is that...

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Should I Overseed Centipede Grass With Rye Grass To Keep Turf Green?

Q: Our HOA board is debating whether to overseed centipede grass with rye grass to keep our turf green all year. What is your opinion?  A: The main reason you should not overseed centipede grass with rye grass is that...

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Annual Bluegrass Vs Rough Bluegrass

Q: What is the difference between annual bluegrass and rough bluegrass? A: Annual bluegrass, Poa annua, is a very common grassy weed in local lawns. It is a lighter green than fescue and really stands out against the brown of...

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Fungus In Centipede Lawn

Q: Large patch fungus killed my centipede lawn. I’m going to replant in May, but is it possible that the fungus is still in my soil? A: If large patch fungus was originally present, it will always be present. But...

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Black Under Zoysia Grass

Q: My lawn guy said that my grass needs to be scalped to keep it “healthy”. Underneath the dead grass there’s a lot of black. My zoysia grass has been around for decades and it’s very, very thick.  A: The...

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Chickweed In My Lawn

Q: My lawn was covered with chickweed last year and this spring! I put down a pre-emergent carefully last fall and watered it in. Why did it not work? A: Since chickweed is an annual plant that sprouts from seed...

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White Grubs In Mondo Grass

Q: I was replacing my dying mondo grass and as I planted the first one I found a white grub. Could that be the cause of my plants dying?  A: White grubs, which eventually turn into various spring and summer...

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Mowing Two Different Lawns

Q: I have bermuda in the front yard and Geo zoysia in the backyard. Is there any issue mowing both and risking cross-contamination with their seed?  A: If the front yard is common seed-producing bermudagrass, not a hybrid sodded bermuda,...

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At What Night Time Temperature Does Tif Tuf Roots Continue To Grow?

Q: At what night time temperature does Tif Tuf roots continue to grow? A: Bermuda grass roots grow slowly at a soil temperature of 65° and shut down at a soil temperature of 60°. The optimum soil temperature for growth...

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Dwarf Mondo Not Spreading

Q: I planted dwarf mondo grass but it doesn’t want to spread. Any suggestions?  A: As long as it is in moderate shade and not in a soggy spot, mondo grass should spread readily. Perhaps yours needs nutrients. I suggest...

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