Lawn Care

Zoysia – Liming

An important factor in plant growth is the soil acidity level. This is measured in terms of a pH scale which is graduated from 0 to 14 with 7 being neutral. Any number below 7.0 is considered acid with 5.0...

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Zoysia – Greenup Problems

Notes from Dr. Gil Landry and Dr. Clint Waltz Turfgrass Extension Specialists The University of Georgia The following are common problems associated with zoysiagrass green- up that have been observed in spring. 1) Mowing height: This appears to be the...

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Zoysia – General Notes

Information taken from The Revised Georgia Gardener’s Guide Walter Reeves and Erica Glasener Zoysiagrass is a slow-growing but extremely thick and durable turfgrass. The grass is well adapted throughout the lower two-thirds of the state. It spreads by above-ground stolons...

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Zoysia – Dethatching

Thatch is a layer of partially decomposed plant material that builds up on the soil’s surface. Usually, more than one half inch of thatch on general turf areas decreases the turf vigor by restricting movement of air, water and fertilizers...

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Zoysia – BK-7 Variety

When turf companies market a brand new grass without submitting it to long-term University trials in Georgia, I’m at a loss to know whether to recommend their grass for use by homeowners. In the summer of 2005 I asked for...

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Zoysia – Amazoy

I recently received a question from a reader in Cherokee County. She and her husband had seen an advertisement for a particular zoysiagrass that promised a wonderful appearance but little maintenance. “It sounds wonderful if it really works” she said....

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Zoysia – Aerating

The best time to aerate zoysiagrass is in early summer, when the grass is growing rapidly. On very compacted soils, aerating twice a year would not be out of the question. Apply fertilizer and water after aerating so the turf...

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Large Patch Disease – In Zoysia – UGA

The following was written by University of Georgia Researchers in October, 2006 Fall Management of Large Patch in Turfgrass Alfredo Martinez and Lee Burpee Plant Pathology Department, UGA In spring of 2006, numerous zoysiagrass samples were submitted to the University...

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Is ‘Emerald’ Zoysiagrass Really ‘Emerald?’

Turf specialist Dr. Clint Waltz doesn’t think so. Over the years homeowners have noticed a marked difference in the greenup dates between different lawns that are all supposed to be ‘Emerald’. Using genetic analysis, Dr. Waltz found that some sods...

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Watersaver RTF – Homeowner Comments

When turf companies market a brand new grass without submitting it to long-term University trials in Georgia, I’m at a loss to know whether to recommend their grass for use by homeowners. In the summer of 2005 I asked for...

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Titan fescue – Homeowner Comments

When turf companies market a brand new grass without submitting it to long-term University trials in Georgia, I’m at a loss to know whether to recommend their grass for use by homeowners. In the summer of 2005 I asked for...

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Fescue – Yellow Patches in Fall & Winter

Yellow patches in fescue lawns that were planted this fall are not signs of disease. The seedlings are yellow because cold temperatures stopped photosynthesis. A few warm days in mid-December will kick-start the growth process and the yellow patches will...

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Fescue – Wheat Sprouts

Q: I planted seed three weeks ago. The grass has come up nicely but there are some tall sprouts that are twice as big as the rest of the grass. What are they? A: Did you use wheat straw to...

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Fescue – Weeds

Because fescue tends to thin out in summer, it can become overgrown with weeds in a few years. Mowing fescue too low is an excellent way to invite weeds to grow! Weed control occurs in two ways: by preventing the...

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Fescue – Watering

The best time to water a lawn is in the morning, preferably before noon. This allows the grass to dry before nightfall, reducing the risk of disease. Take into account recent rainfall when deciding how much to apply. Watering restrictions...

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Fescue – Varieties

There are several different varieties of fescue lawn seed available. Kentucky 31 fescue was originally used as a pasture grass. It can make a marginally acceptable lawn grass but it tends to become thin and clumpy over a few years...

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Fescue – Use Leftover Seed

Q: Can I use fescue seed that I had left over from last spring? A: If it was stored in a cool, dry, dark spot, the seed should be fine. If it became very hot, if it was soaked with...

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Fescue – Seeding vs. Using a Pre-emergent

In a perfect world, science would discover chemicals that could tell the difference between a “weed” and the grass you desire. The product would give you a pristine lawn of a single grass species. The garden world, however, is not...

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