Ornamental Grasses

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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How To Get Grass Where Stumps Were Ground?

Q: We have had three Bradford pear trees removed and the stumps ground. What is the best route to take to have grass for 2018?  A: Assuming your plot is now in full sun, you can choose between bermudagrass, zoysiagrass...

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Moisture Meters – What Is The Range Needed For Fescue Grass

Q: I seeded fine fescue in September and the lawn looks great. When using a LusterLeaf moisture meter, what is the range needed for watering fescue grass?  A: Inexpensive moisture meters like this are not really designed for use outdoors....

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Clovers On My Fescue Lawn – How To Get Rid Of Them?

Q: I followed your directions on reseeding a fescue lawn and it turned out lush and beautiful. The only problem I have is that clover is all over. Should I use a weed and feed to eradicate it?  A: The...

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Bermuda Grass – How To Fix Deep Gashes From Falling Limbs

Q: I recently had two trees cut down. Falling limbs damaged my bermuda grass by leaving a couple of deep gashes four inches deep and eighteen inches long. How do I repair this?  A: Try the lift and fill method....

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How Long Should I Wait To Spray Weed Killer After Seeding Lawn?

Q: I reseeded my fescue lawn and the new grass is coming up really good. There are a lot of weeds coming up with the new grass. How long should I wait to spray weed killer after seeding the lawn? ...

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Best Tall Fescue Grass Seed To Use?

Q: What is the best tall fescue grass seed to use?  A: Your best choice is to use a blend of the improved turf-type fescue hybrids. Pennington Blend, Rebel Supreme and Atlanta Blend are common at garden centers. I don’t...

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Soil Conditioner Was Not Mixed Properly In Fescue Sod – Will Sod Root Through Conditioner?

Q: I hired a company to install fescue sod. I asked them to mix soil conditioner into the soil as they prepared. They raked the soil conditioner over the soil but didn’t really mix it in. Is the sod going...

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Do I Plant Ryegrass Every Year Or Once?

Q: I have a well established bermuda lawn and am thinking of overseeding with rye. Do I plant rye every year or is it a one time deal?  A: You’ll have to plant the ryegrass every year, usually in September....

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