Lawn Care

Bermuda Lawn – Controlling Weeds

A: I’ve had a hard time controlling weeds in my bermuda lawn this year. Is it possible the above-normal rain has had an effect? Q: It’s very possible that the extra rain has benefitted weeds. The definition of a weed...

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Applied Pre-emergent in August – Can You Overseed Fescue In October?

Q: If you apply pre-emergent in August can you overseed fescue in October? A: Sure you can, but you won’t get any weed control from the pre-emergent application you put down in August. Most winter weeds germinate in October, just...

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Zoysia – When To Cut It

Q: My zoysia sod was put down around the first of March. It has mostly greened up and growing. Do I need to cut it now or wait? A: If the grass is more than two inches high then set...

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Prodiamine And Dimension Products – Will It Affect Zoysia Development

Q: I have a small zoysiagrass bed I use as a source of plugs for replacing my fescue. I want to put out pre-emergent to cut down on goosegrass and crabgrass in the lawn but the label of prodiamine and...

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Bermuda Lawn – Fertilizing Interval

Q: Do you think a six week fertilizing interval is good for my bermuda lawn? A: It all depends on how much you like to mow your grass. Fertilizing at a six week intervals from mid-April until early September will...

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Bermuda Lawn In Warm Weather – When To Apply Milorganite

Q: I have a bermuda lawn. Considering how warm it has been this year can I apply Milorganite to my lawn now? A: Bermuda grass might possibly be coming out of dormancy now but it really can’t absorb nutrients until...

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Zoysia – Save From Septic Tank Work

Q: I’m having work done on my septic tank. I planted expensive zoysia sod there in 2015 and don’t want it destroyed. A: I think you have a reasonable chance to save the zoysia if you dig sod pieces deep...

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Overseeding Temporary Rye With Fescue – Will It Prevent Germination

Q: I read that winter rye has a pre-emergent chemical in it that prevents weeds from coming up. Will this prevent germination if I overseed my temporary rye with fescue this spring? A: It is true that annual ryegrass is...

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Fescue Lawn – Turning Yellow/Tan After Cold Spell

Q: I have a beautiful, lush, green fescue lawn that has turned yellow/tan over the past week. It was planted in fall of 2014. My maintenance company has fertilized three times so far. It was green before this last cold...

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Centipede Lawn – Don`t Let Leaves Stay On Ground

Q: Our centipede lawn is nearly gone. Would it be beneficial to let fallen leaves stay on the ground throughout the winter for potential nutrients and/or protection? A: Allowing your leaves to remain will probably kill any grass that is...

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Mondo Next To Zoysia Grass – Eliminate Invading Zoysia

Q: Five years ago I planted mondo grass adjacent to my zoysia lawn. Even though I put a metal sheet barrier between the lawn and the mondo grass, zoysia crept over. I’d like to eliminate the invading zoysia. A: Several...

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Zoysia Grass – Right Time To Apply Weed Preventer

Q: In late October, I had my backyard sodded with zoysia. It has taken root and seems to be doing well. When is the right time to apply weed preventer? A: In my experience zoysia grass is slow to make...

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Fescue Lawn Weeds – Spray It or Wait

Q: After planting my fescue lawn, I got great germination of both the grass and a weed that is round and has serrated edges. Should I spray it this winter or just let it go? A: It’s best to wait...

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Zoysia Sod – Raccoons

Q: We had new zoysia sod put out in September. All was fine until a few days ago when I think raccoons began pulling sod pieces up by the edges every night and making a mess. A: One of the...

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Zoysia Transplant – Should I Wait Until Spring

Q: I need to transplant some zoysia to a better spot. Must I wait until spring? A: You are welcome to try it now but the best time to transplant is in mid-spring when the grass is greening up. If...

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Ryegrass and Fescue Seeds – Why Mix

Q: Our landscape contractor is telling me I need to mix ryegrass seed with my fescue seed at planting time. What is the purpose of this? A: When soil temperatures are above 55 degrees there is no need to mix...

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Zoysia – Inside And Outside House

Q: Can you give suggestions for starting zoysia from seed in flats on a window sill? I would like to grow my own plugs and then move them outside when the weather gets warm in the summer. What variety of...

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Bermuda Sod – Grass Disappearing

Q: I planted bermuda sod at the end of May. When I started mowing it low and ever since, the green part of the grass disappears. A: You haven’t been mowing often enough. Lower your mowing height by one notch...

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