Lawn Care

TifTuf Bermuda Vs Zenith Zoysia

Q: My lawn gets 4-5 hours of sunlight. I’m trying to decide between TifTuf bermuda and Zenith zoysia. Which is more shade tolerant?  A: Both grasses are “somewhat“ shade tolerant. There are a lot of additional factors that will determine...

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Difference Between TifTuf And 419 Bermuda

Q: What is the real difference between TifTuf and 419 bermuda?  A: After World War II, my mother bought a 1948 Allis Chalmers Model G tractor, which she allowed my father to borrow on occasion. Despite having no hydraulic lift,...

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Liriope Taking Over My Mondo Grass

Q: I’ve noticed that liriope has taken over almost half of my nice carpet of mondo grass. Any tips for getting rid of the liriope without harming the mondo grass?  A: These two plants happily coexist with each other in...

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Difference Between Zeon And Geo Zoysia

Q: I’ve been told Zeon zoysia and Geo zoysia are the same grass. Do you know if this is true? A: Both grasses are patented. They are therefore genetically and physically different. Geo zoysia can only be planted with sprigs...

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Bermuda Lawn: Overseeding With Ryegrass

Q: I read somewhere you should not overseed with ryegrass in the first couple years of a new bermuda yard. Is this accurate?  A: Overseeding bermudagrass with ryegrass is problematic because it stresses the bermudagrass while it is dormant. It...

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Can I Plant Bermuda Grass Now

Q: Can I plant bermuda grass seed now? A: No. There is not enough time for the seeds to sprout and mature before cold weather sets in. You can plant sod now as long as you keep it from drying...

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Is It Too Late To Fertilize Zoysia

Q: My lawn service put pre-emergent and fertilizer on my lawn on Sept 6. I think this was too late to fertilize zoysia. Am I wrong?  A: It depends on what strength fertilizer was put down. It is possible to...

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Should I Aerate On My Own

Q: I want to aerate my fescue before fall overseeding. Do you have tips on doing it myself vs hiring a lawn service?  A: Generally speaking, homeowners can accomplish better aeration of their lawns than you’ll get from a commercial...

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Old Bermuda Lawn Growing In New Zoysia

Q: I replaced my bermuda lawn with zoysia in late April of this year. The contractor sprayed the bermuda with some sort of herbicide cocktail and the grass turned brown in a matter of hours. Five days later he scalped...

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When To Lay Zoysia Sod

Q: Is it too late in the season to lay zoysia sod? I have a southern facing lawn with limited sun in the winter due to lots of surroundings trees.  A: The answer is a qualified maybe. I don’t know...

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How Often To Fertilize Bermuda Lawn

Q: We just seeded a bermuda lawn earlier this year and its growing very well so far. How often I can fertilize it without risking damage? I really want to get as much coverage as possible before it goes dormant. ...

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Can I Compost Centipede Clippings With Seed Heads?

Q: With the seed heads now evident in my centipede lawn is it okay to compost the clippings or will my compost be full of grass sprouts next spring?  A: Typical centipede grass lawns do not produce many viable seeds...

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I Watered My Lawn But Now It’s Brown

Q: We recently had a new home built. Sod was planted the last of June. For the first two weeks, the sprinklers ran each day at sunrise for forty minutes per zone. I run them for twenty minutes per zone...

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Getting Rid Of Mushrooms In Zoysia Lawn

Q: I have mushrooms in my new zoysia lawn. What steps can be taken to get rid of them? The yard gets plenty of sun to dry it out.  A: The mushrooms most likely are coming from fungi feeding on...

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Combatting Summer Decline in Fescue Lawns

Q: I had a beautiful lawn all winter and spring. In mid summer all the grass died. I don’t know what to do to prevent this from happening again. A: It is not unusual for fescue lawns to undergo a...

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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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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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Are Zeon zoysia and Geo (BK-9) zoysia the same?

Q: I’ve been told Zeon zoysia and Geo zoysia are the same grass. Do you know if this is true? A: Both grasses are patented. You can read the patents here: Geo zoysia Zeon zoysia They are therefore genetically and...

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