Ornamental Grasses

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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How To Start A Zoysia Lawn?

Q: I want to convert my lawn from a weedy bermuda and centipede mix to zoysia. I want to use zoysia plugs to start the lawn. Would it be advisable to intermix fescue to provide a ground cover for the...

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When To Cut Back Grasses That Get A Few Inches High?

Q: Should grasses that only get a few inches high, like blue fescue and carex, be cut back before new spring growth? Would now be a good time?  A: Unlike big grasses, such as pampas grass and maiden grass, the...

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Will My Mondo Grass Take Over My Fescue Grass?

Q: I have fescue grass with some mondo grass mixed in. Will mondo grass eventually take over the fescue?  A: The amount of light the area gets would determine which plant would win. In moderate to deep shade it is...

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Where To Buy Mascarene Grass

Q: Where can I buy Mascarene grass (Zoysia tenuifolia)? I plan to create a Zen garden in my back yard with ferns, mosses and this beautiful grass.  A: I saw it growing near Ernest Hemingway’s Finca Vigia in Cuba. I...

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TifTuf Bermuda Vs Zenith Zoysia

Q: My lawn gets 4-5 hours of sunlight. I’m trying to decide between TifTuf bermuda and Zenith zoysia. Which is more shade tolerant?  A: Both grasses are “somewhat“ shade tolerant. There are a lot of additional factors that will determine...

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Mixing Sunflower Seed Husks Into Soil

Q: There are piles of sunflower seed husks under our bird feeder. Is there any nutritional value to mixing them in soil as a conditioner?  A: The seed husks contain minimal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium but would be...

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Difference Between TifTuf And 419 Bermuda

Q: What is the real difference between TifTuf and 419 bermuda?  A: After World War II, my mother bought a 1948 Allis Chalmers Model G tractor, which she allowed my father to borrow on occasion. Despite having no hydraulic lift,...

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Liriope Taking Over My Mondo Grass

Q: I’ve noticed that liriope has taken over almost half of my nice carpet of mondo grass. Any tips for getting rid of the liriope without harming the mondo grass?  A: These two plants happily coexist with each other in...

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Fescue Died In Winter

Q: I had a beautiful fescue lawn all winter and spring. In mid summer all the grass died. I don’t know what to do to prevent this from happening again.  A: It is not unusual for fescue lawns to undergo...

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Brown Stems When I Mow My Bermuda Lawn

Q: I have a bermuda lawn that I keep mowed at three inches high every seven days. I want to cut it shorter but when I do all I see is brown stems. My wife wants me to just cut...

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Difference Between Zeon And Geo Zoysia

Q: I’ve been told Zeon zoysia and Geo zoysia are the same grass. Do you know if this is true? A: Both grasses are patented. They are therefore genetically and physically different. Geo zoysia can only be planted with sprigs...

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Bermuda Lawn: Overseeding With Ryegrass

Q: I read somewhere you should not overseed with ryegrass in the first couple years of a new bermuda yard. Is this accurate?  A: Overseeding bermudagrass with ryegrass is problematic because it stresses the bermudagrass while it is dormant. It...

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Can I Plant Bermuda Grass Now

Q: Can I plant bermuda grass seed now? A: No. There is not enough time for the seeds to sprout and mature before cold weather sets in. You can plant sod now as long as you keep it from drying...

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Is It Too Late To Fertilize Zoysia

Q: My lawn service put pre-emergent and fertilizer on my lawn on Sept 6. I think this was too late to fertilize zoysia. Am I wrong?  A: It depends on what strength fertilizer was put down. It is possible to...

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Should I Aerate On My Own

Q: I want to aerate my fescue before fall overseeding. Do you have tips on doing it myself vs hiring a lawn service?  A: Generally speaking, homeowners can accomplish better aeration of their lawns than you’ll get from a commercial...

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