Lawn Care

Fescue Planting – 1-2-3

September – October is the BEST time to plant a fescue lawn but March -April is also a possibility.  I have tips on planting a new lawn or an existing lawn, whether with seed or sod. I also cover what...

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Results of using Tenacity herbicide on St Augustine for violets and nimblewill

From Gary P.: Last year I spoke with you during your Saturday morning Lawn & Garden Show about using a systemic herbicide, brand name Tenacity, for a grassy weed, common name nimblewill. The scary thing to me about Tenacity was...

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Remove centipede grass from zoysia

Q: Centipede grass is overtaking my Zoysia lawn in places. How do I eliminate the centipede grass and not hurt the Zoysia. A: Check the label on Acclaim Extra (fenoxaprop-p-ethyl). If read it correctly, this product will harm centipedegrass but...

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Should I Overseed Centipede With Ryegrass To Keep Turf Green

Q: Our HOA board is debating whether to overseed centipede grass with rye grass to keep our turf green all year. What is your opinion?  A: The main reason you should not overseed centipede grass with rye grass is that...

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Paspalum grass for lawn

Q: I saw that Truist Park uses paspalum grass. Our zoysia lawn struggles in an area shaded by some oak trees. Would paspalum have more success? A: Paspalum grass can look very good as a turfgrass but requires more maintenance...

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Should I Overseed Centipede Grass With Rye Grass To Keep Turf Green?

Q: Our HOA board is debating whether to overseed centipede grass with rye grass to keep our turf green all year. What is your opinion?  A: The main reason you should not overseed centipede grass with rye grass is that...

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Fungus In Centipede Lawn

Q: Large patch fungus killed my centipede lawn. I’m going to replant in May, but is it possible that the fungus is still in my soil? A: If large patch fungus was originally present, it will always be present. But...

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Black Under Zoysia Grass

Q: My lawn guy said that my grass needs to be scalped to keep it “healthy”. Underneath the dead grass there’s a lot of black. My zoysia grass has been around for decades and it’s very, very thick.  A: The...

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Chickweed In My Lawn

Q: My lawn was covered with chickweed last year and this spring! I put down a pre-emergent carefully last fall and watered it in. Why did it not work? A: Since chickweed is an annual plant that sprouts from seed...

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White Grubs In Mondo Grass

Q: I was replacing my dying mondo grass and as I planted the first one I found a white grub. Could that be the cause of my plants dying?  A: White grubs, which eventually turn into various spring and summer...

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Mowing Two Different Lawns

Q: I have bermuda in the front yard and Geo zoysia in the backyard. Is there any issue mowing both and risking cross-contamination with their seed?  A: If the front yard is common seed-producing bermudagrass, not a hybrid sodded bermuda,...

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At What Night Time Temperature Does Tif Tuf Roots Continue To Grow?

Q: At what night time temperature does Tif Tuf roots continue to grow? A: Bermuda grass roots grow slowly at a soil temperature of 65° and shut down at a soil temperature of 60°. The optimum soil temperature for growth...

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Dwarf Mondo Not Spreading

Q: I planted dwarf mondo grass but it doesn’t want to spread. Any suggestions?  A: As long as it is in moderate shade and not in a soggy spot, mondo grass should spread readily. Perhaps yours needs nutrients. I suggest...

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How To Start A Zoysia Lawn?

Q: I want to convert my lawn from a weedy bermuda and centipede mix to zoysia. I want to use zoysia plugs to start the lawn. Would it be advisable to intermix fescue to provide a ground cover for the...

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When To Cut Back Grasses That Get A Few Inches High?

Q: Should grasses that only get a few inches high, like blue fescue and carex, be cut back before new spring growth? Would now be a good time?  A: Unlike big grasses, such as pampas grass and maiden grass, the...

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Will My Mondo Grass Take Over My Fescue Grass?

Q: I have fescue grass with some mondo grass mixed in. Will mondo grass eventually take over the fescue?  A: The amount of light the area gets would determine which plant would win. In moderate to deep shade it is...

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Does My Bermuda Lawn Need Irrigation During Winter?

Q: Does my bermuda lawn need irrigation when it’s gone dormant for the winter months?  A: No. The only time to irrigate a lawn, winter or summer, is when the soil is dry for more than seven days. On average,...

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Weeds – Identification with Pictures

Weed control in the landscape is a tough business. You have to know a lot about the weed in question just to get started! As in most situations, a picture is worth a thousand words. Go through the sites below,...

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