Lawn Care

Fescue – Tree Leaves on New Lawn

Q: I over seeded my fescue lawn 10 days ago and now its covered with leaves. How do I clean up the leaves without damaging the plants? Should I leave them for a while, blow them, or vacuum them up...

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Zoysia Grass – Installing in Late August

Q: Is it too late in the year to put in Emerald Zoysia? We have a larger than average yard and will be paying close to $20,000 for this sod. I am concerned that the six-month warranty period we would be...

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St. Augustine Grass – Dethatching

Q: When I moved into my home three years ago in Norco, California, it had a front lawn of nothing but weeds and crab grass. I planted some St. Augustine plugs I took from my dads house and it took...

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St. Augustine Grass – Planting From Sprigs

Q: I just got through reseeding my fescue lawn, again, and I’m tired of the process! What are your thoughts on St. Augustine grass? I grew-up with St. Augustine in South Texas, and love the fact that it is about...

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St. Augustine – Cold Tolerance

Q: I seem to remember you used to not recommend St. Augustine grass be grown north of Macon. Now when people call in with questions about planting it, you seem to even endorse it in sunny or semi shade areas...

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Slime Mold – On Lawn

Q: Recently we had our grandchildren over and they ran all over our bermuda lawn. When they came in the house their sneakers were black. I covered a broom  with a white towel and brushed it over the grass. It also...

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Lawn Care – Organic vs. Chemical

Q: How bad are chemicals for your lawn? Can I use both organic and chemical lawn treatments? Are all these good-looking lawns on drugs? When you stop treatment will they die? A: Remember – a vigorously growing lawn grass is...

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St. Augustine Grass Seed – Where to Buy

Q: Please tell me where I can buy St. Augustine grass seeds. Our lawn has some now and we like it a lot, but we’re having trouble finding seeds. A: You can’t buy St. Augustinegrass seed. The plant is very...

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Bermudagrass – Gasoline Damage

Q: My son spilled gasoline on our bermuda lawn while re-fueling the lawn mower in June. The grass died, of course, but I can’t get bermuda – or even weeds – to grow there again. Is there anything that will...

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Zoysia – Catching Clippings

Q: I have Meyer zoysia. My husband, the grass-cutter, says that he must bag the clippings. Everything I read says that clippings are good for the grass. What are the recommendations for cutting zoysia? If he has to buy a...

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Zoysia – Self-Powered Mower

Q: I recently put down Emerald Zoysia sod in my small yard and have been trying to find a manual reel mower for it. However, the websites that sell what seem to be the better mowers of this kind (e.g.,...

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Bermuda Grass – Comparison: Hulled vs. Unhulled

Q: What is the difference between hulled and unhulled Bermuda grass? A: Hulled bermudagrass is seed that has had the outer coat removed. It is typically planted in summer at a rate of 1 – 2 lb. per 1000 square...

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Browntop Millet – Temporary Lawn

Q: What do you think of planting browntop millet to hold the soil during summer before I plant fescue in fall? A: Browntop millet will work fine. It germinates readily in the heat and will look passable if given a...

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Dallisgrass – Control in Centipede Lawn

Q: I have a centipede grass lawn and have been noticing some dallisgrass scattered around the yard. I have been using sethoxydim broadcasted and it has been somewhat effective. But do you know of a better post-emergent alternative? Also, can...

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Bermuda Grass – Green Over Septic Lines

Q: My septic line is in my front yard. So I have a beautiful yard with a dark green racing stripe running down the middle. The overall greenness of the lawn never seems to be able to catch-up to the...

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Lawn – Dark Green Circles (Fairy Ring)

Q: What causes green circles of grass that grow higher and darker than the rest in my meadow? They appeared very quickly, just after I cut the area last week. This is a mystery to us. A: You are seeing...

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Mowing Wet Lawn – Good or Bad

Q: Is it harmful or undesirable to mow grass when it is wet – like early in the morning when the dew is heavy? A: Turf expert Clint Waltz says “There is a lot of grass that is mowed in...

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Roundup (glyphosate) Damage – On Lawn

Q: We would like to know what this disease is in our Meyer’s zoysiagrass and what we should do to get rid of the problem. We have a chemical lawn service but they have not cured it. We have two...

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