Ornamental Grasses

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...

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Getting Rid Of Stilitgrass

Q: A patch of stiltgrass appeared in our backyard a few years ago. Now it is all over the yard and spreading to the front. How do I get rid of it and prevent further spread? A: Stiltgrass (basketgrass, eulalia)...

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Can You Develop Cold Tolerant St. Augustine Grass?

Q: I want you to develop a really cold tolerant St. Augustine grass. We had a cold winter and only half of my ‘Palmetto’ St. Augustine grass survived.  A: My own St Augustinegrass lawn was started from sprigs that were...

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Buffalo Grass (Buffalograss) – Growing

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...

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TifBlair Centipede VS Old Centipede Grass

Q: I want to replace my front lawn. I have heard TifBlair centipede grass is better than the old centipede grass. Is this true? A: TifBlair centipede grass is an excellent turfgrass, available in both sod and seed forms. It...

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When To Fertilize A Bermuda Lawn

Q: I have an 8000 square foot bermuda lawn and I use a reel mower. I put down 25 pounds of 32-3-8 in early May. When do I fertilize again?  A: Much of the decision about fertilizing a bermudagrass lawn...

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Fescue Lawn – When Is It Safe To Put Down Liquid Weed Killer?

Q: My new fescue lawn has been growing well and has been cut twice. My landscaper used weed and feed granules but after five days I see no change in the weeds. Is it safe to put down liquid weed...

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Tall Fescue In Centipede Grass – How To Get Rid Of It?

Q: How can I get rid of tall fescue in centipede grass?  A: There are herbicides labeled to remove fescue grass from centipede but you can accomplish the same result without cost. All you have to do is manipulate the...

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Should I Put Sand Down Before Zoysia Installation?

Q: I am going to be installing zoysia sod soon. My lot is heavily shaded but I’m having my trees thinned to help with sunlight. The soil stays a little damp. Would it be good to put down 3″ –...

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How To Keep Neighbors Bermuda Grass From My Fescue?

Q: How do I keep bermuda grass from my neighbor’s yard from spreading into my fecue?  A: If your neighbor has bermuda grass in their lawn, it is going to come into your lawn pretty quickly, particularly if they have...

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Making A Raised Bed – Should I Kill The Grass There First?

Q: I would like to make a raised bed to plant perennials and annual flowers. The area has a lot of tree roots. My husband suggested using Roundup to kill the grass in the area before adding soil. A: You’ll...

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Should I Put Sand Down Before Zoysia Installation?

Q: I am going to be installing zoysia sod soon. My lot is heavily shaded but I’m having my trees thinned to help with sunlight. The soil stays a little damp. Would it be good to put down 3″ –...

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Bermuda Grass – How Short To Cut It Before It Greens?

Q: How short should I cut my bermuda sod before it starts to green?  A: Set your mower height one notch lower than you typically use. Mowing will remove the brown turf leaves and expose the crown of the grass...

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Large Patch Disease – Zoysia Lawn

Q: When would it be best to put down fungicide for large patch disease on my Emerald zoysia? I want to do my app for spring, but with this variable weather I don’t want to wait to long for large...

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Front Yard Is Dirt And Wood Chips – How To Turn It Into A Zoysia Lawn?

Q: My front yard is nothing but dirt and wood chips because of a sewer line fix. My plan is to apply in April an inch of landscaping mix, then lay down zoysia sod. Am I doing it right? A:...

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Strange Dark Green Slime On Bermuda Lawn

Q: We have a strange dark green slime growing in my bermuda lawn. It grows “puffy” when wet and is very slick to walk on. When it dries it is almost flakey. It seems to be spreading slowly in my...

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Fescue Lawn Looking Yellowish

Q: I aerated, overseeded, and scattered starter fertilizer and lime on my fescue lawn in early October. It’s up and growing well but the nice dark green color is now looking a bit yellowish.  A: Your fescue is famished! Normal...

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Dry Soil And Cold Weather – Should I Water My Lawn Now?

Q: I am concerned about dry soil and cold weather. Would it be helpful to water my lawn now? I have bermuda, centipede and some fescue.  A: I can’t think of how watering would help dormant grass unless it was...

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