Lawn Care

Lawn – Timing Pre-emergent Herbicide

One of the sourest phrases that can be directed at a child or adult is “I told you so!” Whether you touch a hot match, leave tools out in the rain or lift cinder blocks all afternoon, someone is usually...

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Turfgrasses (Lawn Grass) – Identifying

Unlike trees, which have distinctive leaves, or blooming plants, which have distinctive flowers, turfgrass identification is much more difficult for the amateur . There are five major lawn grasses grown in Georgia. Following are characteristics that will help you distinguish...

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Bluegrass – Thermal Blue variety

New varieties of turfgrass come along every year, promising that they are markedly superior to existing grasses. Such is the case with ‘Thermal Blue’ bluegrass. Since I have had no experience with it, I asked Dr. David Han, Extension Turfgrass...

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Lawns – Diagnosing Dead Grass

I regularly drive by a church that has a nice zoysiagrass lawn in front. Knowing that zoysia is usually the last lawn grass to green up in spring, I use the church’s lawn as my indicator of when to recommend...

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Mushrooms in Lawn – Fairy Ring Disease

Rain in summer is appreciated but some folks receive unexpected lawn visitors as a result. T. S. writes that his lawn is in excellent condition – green, thick and low. “In the middle of my lawn, however, I have a...

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Lawn – Watering

Plants must have water to survive. Water in a plant is like blood in an animal. Water carries dissolved nutrients, sugars and hormones throughout the plant’s system. Some plants can go for long periods receiving only minimal water. Others require...

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Brown Patch – Diagnosing

You have brown patches of dead grass in your lawn. Is it the common lawn disease ‘brown patch’ or is it something else? The answer is important: if it is brown patch you probably need to spray with a fungicide....

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Reveille bluegrass

When a radio listener asked me about a new bluegrass for Georgia, I had to admit I’d never heard of it. Fortunately, I rely on scientists, not marketers, to help me make judgements on whether a grass will grow in...

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Chamberbitter (Mimosa Weed)

In order to respond to the many garden questions I receive, I’ve assembled a crack team of Master Gardeners to help me. Theresa, Stacy, Caryn and Shannon have myriad different garden skills and interests and I can count on them...

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Brown Patch Control – N.C. State trial plots

Control of brown patch in tall fescue with monthly fungicide applications in Raleigh, NC. L.P. Tredway and E.L. Butler Department of Plant Pathology North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC 27695 Fungicides were evaluated for their ability to control brown patch...

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Importance of Soil Temps

The following is a partial list of soil temperatures (°F) at the 4-inch depth that are associated with certain biological events. Check your soil temperature here Cool Season Grasses: Fescue, Ryegrass 90°F Shoot growth ceases. 77°F Root growth ceases. 70°F...

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Take-all Patch – Control with Manganese

Take-all patch has become a problem for St. Augustinegrass, zoysiagrass and bermudagrass lawns. It seems to be related to soil pH (acidity) problems as well as manganese deficiency. I asked Alfredo Martinez, PhD, Extension Plant Pathologist to comment on an...

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Lawn – Dog Urine Spots

Q: I have two female dogs which immediately head for our front yard to relieve themselves when I let them out. Needless to say, there are plenty of yellow patches of dead grass throughout. Is there a chemical I could...

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St Augustine – Weed Control

BASIC INFORMATION: 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 weeds you must...

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St Augustine – Planting Sod

Kill all weeds by spraying the area with a non-selective weed killer two weeks before planting. • Till the soil thoroughly to a depth of six inches, mixing in the recommended amount of lime and fertilizer (1-800-ASKUGA-1) • If you...

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St Augustine – Mowing

Every lawn grass has a height at which it should be mowed for best health. The rule is that only one-third of a grass plant should be removed in one mowing. As an example, if you intend to mow your...

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St Augustine – 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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St Augustine – General notes

Information taken from The Revised Georgia Gardener’s Guide Walter Reeves and Erica Glasener Where would south Georgia lawns be without St. Augustine grass? St. Augustine grass is an excellent choice for the sandy soils of the lower half of the...

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