Lawn Care

Painting Lawn Green in Winter

Q: Can I use paint to make my bermuda lawn green in winter? A: It is possible…as long as you don’t set your expectations too high. There are several kinds of products used to color turf, including paints, pigments and...

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Armadillo Damage to Lawn

Q: Something damaged my mother’s lawn in Roswell. My tentative assessment is armadillo, as I reside in north Florida and the pits are similar. A: I think you are exactly right. Armadillos are present in your Mom’s area and the...

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Weeds in New Fescue – Controlling

Q: I have new fescue seeds growing along with small weeds. I planted the fescue seeds in early Oct. Is there anything that I can treat the lawn with that will kill the weed and not the grass at this...

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Can You Develop Cold Tolerant St. Augustine Grass?

Q: I want you to develop a really cold tolerant St. Augustine grass. We had a cold winter and only half of my ‘Palmetto’ St. Augustine grass survived.  A: My own St Augustinegrass lawn was started from sprigs that were...

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Centipede Lawn – Fertilizer

Q: I’ve been trying to find fertilizer for my centipede lawn. Your web site recommends 16-4-8. Could I use a 32-0-10 fertilizer at half strength?  A: Centipede grass is sensitive to high soil phosphorus levels. That’s why 15-0-15 or 16-4-8...

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When To Fertilize A Bermuda Lawn

Q: I have an 8000 square foot bermuda lawn and I use a reel mower. I put down 25 pounds of 32-3-8 in early May. When do I fertilize again?  A: Much of the decision about fertilizing a bermudagrass lawn...

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Fescue Lawn – When Is It Safe To Put Down Liquid Weed Killer?

Q: My new fescue lawn has been growing well and has been cut twice. My landscaper used weed and feed granules but after five days I see no change in the weeds. Is it safe to put down liquid weed...

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Tall Fescue In Centipede Grass – How To Get Rid Of It?

Q: How can I get rid of tall fescue in centipede grass?  A: There are herbicides labeled to remove fescue grass from centipede but you can accomplish the same result without cost. All you have to do is manipulate the...

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Should I Put Sand Down Before Zoysia Installation?

Q: I am going to be installing zoysia sod soon. My lot is heavily shaded but I’m having my trees thinned to help with sunlight. The soil stays a little damp. Would it be good to put down 3″ –...

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How To Keep Neighbors Bermuda Grass From My Fescue?

Q: How do I keep bermuda grass from my neighbor’s yard from spreading into my fecue?  A: If your neighbor has bermuda grass in their lawn, it is going to come into your lawn pretty quickly, particularly if they have...

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Should I Put Sand Down Before Zoysia Installation?

Q: I am going to be installing zoysia sod soon. My lot is heavily shaded but I’m having my trees thinned to help with sunlight. The soil stays a little damp. Would it be good to put down 3″ –...

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Bermuda Grass – How Short To Cut It Before It Greens?

Q: How short should I cut my bermuda sod before it starts to green?  A: Set your mower height one notch lower than you typically use. Mowing will remove the brown turf leaves and expose the crown of the grass...

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History of TifBlair Certified Centipede Grass

Copied from http://www.tifblair.com/advantages-of-tifblair-centipede/history-tifblair-certified-centipedegrass Centipede is a popular turfgrass selection for southernmost coastal plains and Florida because of some appealing features. It’s more shade-tolerant than bermuda. It’s also easy to maintain because it grows an even three to six inches without...

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Large Patch Disease – Zoysia Lawn

Q: When would it be best to put down fungicide for large patch disease on my Emerald zoysia? I want to do my app for spring, but with this variable weather I don’t want to wait to long for large...

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Front Yard Is Dirt And Wood Chips – How To Turn It Into A Zoysia Lawn?

Q: My front yard is nothing but dirt and wood chips because of a sewer line fix. My plan is to apply in April an inch of landscaping mix, then lay down zoysia sod. Am I doing it right? A:...

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Strange Dark Green Slime On Bermuda Lawn

Q: We have a strange dark green slime growing in my bermuda lawn. It grows “puffy” when wet and is very slick to walk on. When it dries it is almost flakey. It seems to be spreading slowly in my...

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Fescue Lawn Looking Yellowish

Q: I aerated, overseeded, and scattered starter fertilizer and lime on my fescue lawn in early October. It’s up and growing well but the nice dark green color is now looking a bit yellowish.  A: Your fescue is famished! Normal...

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Dry Soil And Cold Weather – Should I Water My Lawn Now?

Q: I am concerned about dry soil and cold weather. Would it be helpful to water my lawn now? I have bermuda, centipede and some fescue.  A: I can’t think of how watering would help dormant grass unless it was...

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