Ornamental Grasses

How To Get Rid Of Johnson Weed

Q: How do you get rid of Johnson weed?  A: It’s tough! Johnsongrass, Sorghum halepense, was introduced from the Mediterranean as a pasture grass. But farmers soon found that this tall, aggressive grass, while favored by cattle, was very difficult...

READ MORE

Do Different Varieties Of Zoysia Require Different Soil Temperatures?

Q: Do different varieties of zoysia grass require different soil temperatures to root? A: Different varieties of zoysia grass tolerate cold air temperatures differently, but the soil temperature for rooting is similar for all of them. My general advice is...

READ MORE

How Long Can I Keep Grass Seed In My Shed?

Q: If I buy grass seed now, will the seed be good in October? I would keep it dry and off the floor in a shed.  A: Grass seed best retains its germination ability when it is stored in a...

READ MORE

Can I Grow A Lawn During Winter?

Q: My family has just moved here from California. I really want to grow a lawn. Can I start growing a lawn during the dead of winter? The area has light shade.  A: Available sunlight is always the dominant factor...

READ MORE

Life Span Of St. Augustine Lawns

Q: Recently I was told that St. Augustine lawns have a natural life span of less than fifteen years. My own experience refutes this. A: I agree with you! My own St. Augustine lawn has been here for twenty years....

READ MORE

Suggestions About Where To Plant Gyoku-ryu Mondo Grass

Q: I want to plant Gyoku-ryu mondo grass in a large shady space beneath trees. Any suggestions?  A: Common mondo grass, Ophiopogon japonicus, spreads easily from individual plants. But the variety you have chosen is extremely dwarf and spreads very...

READ MORE

Can I Use Paint To Make My Bermuda Lawn Green In Winter?

Q: Can I use paint to make my bermuda lawn green in winter?  A: It is possible…as long as you don’t set your expectations too high. There are several kinds of products used to color turf, including paints, pigments and...

READ MORE

What To Do With Ant Mounds?

Q: I have two bare spots in my bermuda lawn where ant mounds have disappeared and a third hill that’s still active. What do I do with the hills?  A: Dilute a liquid lawn insecticide according to label directions and...

READ MORE

Something Is Digging Up My Zoysia Sod

Q: We have a fenced back yard and have never had any problems with critters. This year we put down zoysia sod and something is digging it up.  A: I’d lay my money on raccoons. They have dexterous paws that...

READ MORE

How Can I Make Centipede Grass Plugs Spread Faster? 

Q: How can I make centipede grass plugs spread faster?  A: Centipede grass does not grow very rapidly. All warm season grasses slow down in September, so nothing can be done now. Next year, in both early May and early...

READ MORE

I Am Overseeding My Fescue Lawn

Q: I’m overseeding my fescue lawn. Your website says to apply lime at a rate of 50 lbs per 1,000 square feet. My lawn is 5,000 square feet, needing 250 lbs. But I saw a 30 lb. bag of fast-acting...

READ MORE

Is It Too Late To Fertilize My Centipede?

Q: Is it too late to fertilize my centipede?  A: Usually you fertilize centipede grass once or twice per year: one time in early May, another time in early July (if you think it needs it). It pretty much stops...

READ MORE

How To Accelerate New Grass Growing Into Old Grass?

Q: Ten weeks ago I had bermuda sod installed in different places in my yard. I’d like to accelerate the new grass growing into the old grass by laying river sand down. Is it too late in year to do...

READ MORE

Optimal Application Time To Apply Pendimethalin Next Year?

Q: Your recent article on stiltgrass recommended to use a pre-emergent. Can you give the optimal application time to apply pendimethalin next year?  A: Pendimethalin will control stiltgrass if it is applied before its seeds germinate in spring. Stiltgrass seed...

READ MORE

Can I Do No Mow Fescue In Georgia?

Q: I’ve read about No Mow Fescue. My backyard is uneven and shaded and it sounds like fescue would be a suitable fit. But according to their online map, it’s not recommended in Georgia.  A: No Mow is a blend...

READ MORE

Painting Lawn Green in Winter

Q: Can I use paint to make my bermuda lawn green in winter? A: It is possible…as long as you don’t set your expectations too high. There are several kinds of products used to color turf, including paints, pigments and...

READ MORE

Weeds in New Fescue – Controlling

Q: I have new fescue seeds growing along with small weeds. I planted the fescue seeds in early Oct. Is there anything that I can treat the lawn with that will kill the weed and not the grass at this...

READ MORE

Thoughts On Using Buffalo Grass In A Front Lawn?

Q: What do you think about using buffalo grass in a front lawn?  A: You can try buffalo grass in a small area but I think you’ll be disappointed. This native grass doesn’t compete very well with weeds and the...

READ MORE