Lawn Care

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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Zoysia Lawns – Slow Green-up in 2014

I’ve been puzzled by the differences in health between different zoysia lawns. My neighbor 2 doors down has a green and verdant zoysia lawn. My neighbor around the corner has slow and spotty green-up.   The NC State Center for...

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RESCUE THE FESCUE – A FALL PLANTING GUIDE

Early October ushers in our yearly fescue planting frenzy. Unirrigated fescue lawns reach their low point this season and many homeowners are making plans to overseed or to plant anew. This year’s planting period will be complicated by the water...

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Roundup – Using on Winter Weeds

It is tempting to spray glyphosate (click for sources) on green winter weeds when your lawn grass is brown and dormant. However, bermudagrass is the only turfgrass on which I’d recommend this practice – - and with much caution. The...

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The Story of Bermudagrass – Dr. Glenn Burton

Glenn W. Burton, 95, a Nebraska farm boy who became a world-famous agronomist died Nov. 22, it was reported in Tifton, Ga.. Dr. Burton was born in Clatonia, Neb., and raised on a farm in Bartley, Neb. He was a...

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Mowing Heights for Lawns

Mowing Height for Lawn Grasses in Georgia Mow your lawn when the actual grass height exceeds the recommended height by one-third. For example, mow fescue when it grows to 4 inches tall. The easiest way to measure grass height is...

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Lawn Fertilizing – Summary

The amount of fertilizer to apply to your lawn should be determined by a soil test (www.georgiasoiltest.com or by calling 1-800-ASKUGA-1. If you have not had your soil tested, or don’t have time to do the test, following are some...

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UGA Lawn Publications

Following are some useful UGA lawn publications: Basics of Turfgrass Fertilization Bermudagrass Control in Southern Lawns Bermudagrass Lawn Management Bermudagrass in Georgia Best Management Practices for Landscape Water Conservation Centipede Lawns Centipedegrass Decline Controlling Moss and Algae in Turf Cool-Season...

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Fescue Planting – 1-2-3

It is not as important as you think it is, but I know your first thought is what fescue seed to buy. Read this: Choosing a Fescue Variety and then come back. Even in a drought, fescue can be planted...

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Evaluating Princess 77 and New Bluegrass

Several years ago two new grasses became available to homeowners: ‘Princess 77′ bermudagrass and heat-tolerant bluegrass. Now I need your help evaluating how well they have performed. For ‘Princess 77′ I am particularly interested in how its color compares to...

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Mysterious Crop Rectangles in Fescue Lawn?

After spending thirty minutes mending two gashes in a soaker hose, I thought to myself: “I could have been to the store, bought a new one, and been back by the time I spent doing this!” Gardeners make their own...

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June Lawn Tips

Use a “broad-leaf weed killer” to spot spray violets, wild strawberry, mimosa weed and prostrate spurge in your lawn. Raise the height of your mower by one notch. It will help your lawn grass withstand dry weather. A sharp mower...

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Lawn Care Calendars and Factsheets

Knowing that a piece of paper in your hand is much more helpful than a computer screen in the house, I have compiled basic cultivation information and care calendars for each of the common lawn grasses. You can get and...

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Lawn – Carbon Sequestration

One of the big areas of study right now is how we can decrease the amount of carbon dioxide going into the atmosphere. One of the strategies is to increase the amount of carbon held (sequestered) in the soil. You...

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Lawn – Watering Correctly

Your goal is for the lawn to receive enough water to keep the soil slightly moist in the upper six inches of soil. Lawns do best when they are soaked once per week and then allowed to dry between waterings....

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Zoysia – Variety Lineage

Zoysiagrass is an excellent lawn grass for Georgia but there is much confusion over the different varieties. Dr. Tim Bowyer, with Patten Seed, made a reference table for me to sort out the lineage of the different zoysia...

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Lawn – Weed Control Basics

BASIC INFORMATION: Weed Identification Pictures General Turf and Weed Info Lawn Care Calendars THREE METHODS There are three primary methods of controlling weeds. Any one method, when used alone, will not usually control all of your weeds. To consistently control...

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Zoysia Species and Variety Names

I often become confused when trying to remember all of the different zoysiagrass species and varieties. Fortunately, my friend Tim Bowyer from Patten Seed Co. did some research and sent it to me. Now you too can have the benefit...

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