Lawn Care

Zoysia-Time to Plant?

Q: How late can zoysia sod be planted this summer and still have time to take root before cold weather? A: I think you’d be safe planting it 90 days before the first frost. There’s still then plenty of good...

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Bermuda Grass-How to Plant

Q: I planted bermuda seed ten days ago. It is coming up nicely but I did not roll the freshly tilled dirt before seeding. Walking behind the seed spreader and walking to move the sprinkler around everyday has left many...

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Fescue Plant-Seed Drop

Q: When can I expect fescue plants to drop seed? I have not mowed at all this year in my field. A: Fescue drops seed way past the time when the seeds are mature. The seed is mature when the...

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Zoysia – Weeds After Dog Arrives

Q: I’ve always had problems with winter weeds in my zoysia. Last year we got an active dog that runs around a lot. This is what my lawn looks like now. I do not like using chemicals much. A: The...

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Aerating Zoysia Grass

Q: When should I aerate my zoysia grass every year? A: You should aerate when the soil is so hard that air can’t get to roots and the roots can’t expand. How to test? A few days after a rain...

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Bermuda Grass-When to Cut

Q: Our bermuda grass was planted last October. How tall should we let it grow before we cut it? How do you determine height when adjusting the mower? A: You can cut it two inches high when it reaches three...

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Bermuda Lawn Rescue

Q: Please help me rescue my bermuda lawn. The past couple years of raising young kids has left it in a state of neglect, full of weeds. It has not been fertilized. I’m confused about what to put down, and...

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Bermuda Grass Herbicide – Organic

Q: I only use 30% industrial strength, 300 grain white vinegar to kill weeds in our yard, since this is natural and contains no chemicals. Our yard has been toxic chemical free for eight years. Is it is safe to...

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Fescue Plastic Covering

Q: I planted fescue recently for erosion control and covered it with clear plastic. It’s four inches tall. When should I uncover it? A: I think it is more likely to become too hot under the plastic than it is...

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Zoysia Lawn – Sand

Q: Our zoysia lawn has a low spot where rain runoff pools. Can I add a couple inches of sand to absorb all that moisture? A: Sand doesn’t absorb moisture, it only fills the low spot. If you use pure...

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Wheat Seeds Sprout – Zoysia Sod

Q: We finished our new home in October. It was an extremely wet time and we were allowed to put down wheat straw rather than sod. After the soil we laid zoysia sod. Wheat seeds continue to sprout through the...

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Fescue – Bulldog 51 Variety

Q: Have you had any experience with Bulldog 51 fescue? A: I have not but UGA turf expert Clint Waltz says it came out of the UGA turfgrass breeding program fifteen years ago. It’s an improved tall fescue cultivar that...

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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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Zoysia – Compare Varieties

‘Emerald’ zoysiagrass has a very fine leaf texture but is less cold-tolerant than other zoysiagrass varieties. ‘Meyer’ has a wider leaf than ‘Emerald’ and has good cold tolerance. ‘El Toro’ grows rapidly and has leaf width similar to ‘Meyer’. ‘Zenith’...

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Lawn Grass – Pictures

A picture is indeed worth a thousand words when it comes to describing lawn grasses. If you’re thinking about what grass you’d like to have, here are pictures. Bermudagrass – green in summer, light brown in winter      ...

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Lawn – Choosing the Best Grass

The first and most important question to ask is how much sun will be available to the grass. It is much better to use a grass that will grow in the conditions available rather than fighting the environment year after...

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TifTuf Bermudagrass

The newest University of Georgia turfgrass release, TifTuf™ bermudagrass, is available to homeowners in 2016. Lawn owners can thank the late Dr. Glenn Burton at the University of Georgia’s Coastal Plain Experiment Station, who, starting in the 1940s, spent decades...

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Zoysia – Burned Accidentally

Q: I was burning leaves under a cast iron grate in the driveway, it was really windy, and I looked away for a second. Need I say more? Have I done permanent damage to my zoysia? A: Good news…I doubt...

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