Ornamental Grasses

Brown Patch Disease – In Fescue

Q: I have this condition all over my fescue yard. Could you tell me what it is? A: It’s almost certainly brown patch disease. The circular spots with a green center give it away. Brown patch favors high relative humidity...

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Bermudagrass – Common Type Invading Sodded Type

Q: Ten years ago bermuda sod was laid in our yard. As time has gone by our grass is showing a stronger two-tone effect in its color. I assume we have a mix of different bermuda grasses.If we replace the...

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Black Streaks – In Zoysia

Q: I have zoysiagrass. It was beautiful last summer…thick and green. I feel that the lawn maintenance people we have mowing our lawn did not keep the lawn cut low enough. It always seemed too high. They just started cutting...

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Zoysia – Variations In Product

Q: Last spring I had my yard completely resodded with Emerald zoysia. This fall I had to remove shrubs around a fire hydrant. I had the same landscaper finish the area with Emerald zoysia so it would match the rest...

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Zoysia – Topdressing

Q: In an online article about mowing zoysia, you say that de-thatching could be accomplished by topdressing with a quarter-inch layer of clean topsoil. When is the best time to apply the topsoil? A: The best time to topdress is...

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Zoysia – Proper Mowing

Q: I live in a townhouse community where the maintenance company mows the zoysia yards with a riding mower. Should the zoysia be mowed with a riding mower or reel mower? A: Zoysia can be mowed with a rotary riding...

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Fescue – Too Much Seed

Q: I planted a new lawn in my back yard using eighty pounds of seed over four thousand square feet. By the end of September, the grass was lush, green and four inches tall. But after a few days, the...

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Rye – Overseeding With Other Grass

Q: Should centipede and St. Augustine lawns ever be overseeded in fall with rye? A: No to both. Although bermudagrass tolerates ryegrass overseeding reasonably well, centipedegrass and St. Augustinegrass lawns do not. The fertilizer you give the ryegrass will stimulate...

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Grass – Mixing Fescue and Rye

Q: I supervise building dozens of houses each fall and winter. We are required to have almost total coverage by lawn grass prior to receiving our Certificate of Occupancy. We typically sod the front yards and put down a mixture...

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Bermuda – Why Not Use Winterizer

Q: I heard you say on radio that it is not necessary to apply a winterizer to bermuda lawns. Why not? A: Mostly because you will be wasting your money except in limited cases. Bermudagrass starts slowing its growth rate...

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Fescue – Overseeding When Cool

Q: With the weather cooling at night is it to soon to do fescue overseeding? A: With soil temperatures warm but air temperatures declining, now is perfect! Fescue is a cool season grass: it does most of its growth between...

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Sod – Laying It Yourself

Q: We have a new house and are ready to put in a lawn. We have a landscape plan that calls for zoysia. We want to lay the sod ourselves. Should we do it now or wait until spring? A:...

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Centipede Sod – Irrigation Techniques

Q: I am going to put down centipede sod in my GA yard. I am on well water that only generates 5 GPM. I have had different people tell me different things regarding the feasibility of having irrigation installed due...

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Zoysia – Too Late To Plant

Q: I’ve just had a septic system installed and my yard is trashed. I ultimately want zoysia and will be using seed. It will be the end of August before I can plant. Am I correct in thinking that it...

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St. Augustine – Times To Plant

Q: I read where you sprigged your yard with St. Augustine grass. Is now a good time of year? A: You can sprig St. Augustine grass either by half-burying 12″ long runners in early summer or by planting rooted pieces...

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Pampas Grass – Salvaging Whats Left

Q: This past winter reduced our large pampas grass to a circle of papery stems. There are four or five clumps of healthy new growth on the perimeter. Nothing has sprouted in the center. What to do? A: Sadly, it...

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Grass – Replacing Bermuda

Q: We are investigating the replacement of our bermuda grass with zoysia or a more shade-tolerant bermuda. Large areas of our yard are partially shady. Can you recommend which grass is considered the best? A: In my view there are...

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Bermuda – Homemade Weed Killer

Q: I saw online a recipe for homemade weed killer made from vinegar, salt and dishwashing liquid. I sprayed this on weeds in my bermuda lawn. Have I killed the bermuda grass too? A: You probably haven’t killed the grass....

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