Ornamental Grasses

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

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

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Can I Get Away With Not Scalping My Bermuda Lawn?

Q: I have a large and beautiful bermuda lawn. I typically scalp it in spring. Can I get away with not scalping? It’s a pretty daunting job at my age. A: Plenty of bermudagrass lawns go without scalping in spring...

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What Is The Best Height To Mow Centipede And Bermuda Grass?

Q: What is the best height to mow centipede and bermuda? I generally mow them at 3 1/2″. A: Both centipedegrass and bermudagrass do best when mowed around 1 1/2″ – 2″ high. When you mow higher, the grass won’t...

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When Should I Plant Maiden Grass

Q: I am planning to use maiden grass, Miscanthus sinensis, as a screen between my house and a neighbor’s. Will it be okay to plant them in late September or better to wait until spring?  A: Maiden grass is a...

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Bermuda Lawn – I Put A Double Dose Of Pre-Emergent In September

Q: I have a bermuda lawn. I did not put out a pre-emergent in spring, hence I’ve got lots of weeds. I’ve put out a double dose of pre-emergent in September.  A: This is a situation where reading the label...

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Mondo Grass – Cutting and Fertilizing

Q: Are you supposed to cut mondo grass? How frequently do you fertilize and with what?  A: Mondo grass makes a very nice evergreen, shade tolerant, grass-like groundcover. The only time I might mow it is when it’s had freeze...

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Bermuda Grass – Should I Leave It Higher Than In The Summer?

Q: As fall begins, do you recommend leaving the height of my bermuda grass a little higher than how I have cut it all summer? A: Your instincts are good. Giving the grass increased height now will help protect it...

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Sod – Three Days Delay in Laying

Q: The company that is installing my new lawn ordered 6 pallets of sod to be delivered and installed today. Due to the heavy rain in our area they were unable to do the install today but said they would...

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Can I Plant Centipede Grass Now?

Q: Is it okay to plant centipede grass now? A: You can plant centipedegrass sod now but you don’t have enough time for centipede seed to germinate and spread before the weather cools off. Then you won’t have anything to...

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How To Save Fescue In The Summer

Q: Every year, I plant fescue seed and get a lush lawn. Come summer, it always dies out; by the end of the summer there is nothing left. I am aware that fescue doesn’t like heat. What do you know...

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Centipede Grass Turning Red

Q: Some of the blades of my centipede grass are turning red. Not sure if excess rain is a contributing factor. A: Centipede grass is well-known to turn red as a response to stresses like traffic, wear, drought, low fertility,...

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Fescue Lawn Weeds – Should I Switch To Zoysia?

Q: For the past three years I’ve battled weeds in my fescue lawn. I’m considering tilling or aggressively aerating next spring and sowing zoysia. The lawn gets at least 6 hours of mostly full sun. A: Zoysia could be a...

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How Much Wheat Straw Is Too Much (For A Bermuda Lawn)?

Q: I planted my lawn with bermuda seed and covered it with about 1/4″ of wheat straw. Was this too much? A: As long as the wheat straw doesn’t completely cover the soil and prevent sunlight from getting to the...

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Blue Grass – Should I Reapply Pre-Emergent In November Or December?

Q: I applied pre-emergent to control annual blue grass for my bermuda lawn in early September. Do I need to reapply the pre-emergent one more time in November or December? A: Much depends on how heavy your annual bluegrass infestation...

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Bermuda Lawn – Controlling Weeds

A: I’ve had a hard time controlling weeds in my bermuda lawn this year. Is it possible the above-normal rain has had an effect? Q: It’s very possible that the extra rain has benefitted weeds. The definition of a weed...

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Applied Pre-emergent in August – Can You Overseed Fescue In October?

Q: If you apply pre-emergent in August can you overseed fescue in October? A: Sure you can, but you won’t get any weed control from the pre-emergent application you put down in August. Most winter weeds germinate in October, just...

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Green Lawn Year Round – Options

Q: I’m building a house that will be done in September. The contractor normally uses bermuda grass but I prefer a green lawn year round. What grass would you recommend for our full sun yard with irrigation system? A: You...

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Zoysia – When To Cut It

Q: My zoysia sod was put down around the first of March. It has mostly greened up and growing. Do I need to cut it now or wait? A: If the grass is more than two inches high then set...

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