Lawn Care

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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Weeds – Identification with Pictures

Weed control in the landscape is a tough business. You have to know a lot about the weed in question just to get started! As in most situations, a picture is worth a thousand words. Go through the sites below,...

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Specticle G – For Weed Control

My bermuda lawn was inundated with ugly goose grass weed for 5 years. I tried all kinds of post and pre-emergence products with no luck at all. Last March 15th I used Specticle G by the Bayer company and applied...

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Zoysia Lawns – Slow Green-up in 2014

I’ve been puzzled by the differences in health between different zoysia lawns. My neighbor 2 doors down has a green and verdant zoysia lawn. My neighbor around the corner has slow and spotty green-up.   The NC State Center for...

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RESCUE THE FESCUE – A FALL PLANTING GUIDE

Early October ushers in our yearly fescue planting frenzy. Unirrigated fescue lawns reach their low point this season and many homeowners are making plans to overseed or to plant anew. This year’s planting period will be complicated by the water...

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Winter Weeds – Wiping on Herbicide

It is tempting to spray glyphosate (click for sources) or an organic non-selective weed killer (click for sources) on green winter weeds when your lawn grass is brown and dormant. However, bermudagrass is the only turfgrass on which I’d recommend this practice...

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The Story of Bermudagrass – Dr. Glenn Burton

Glenn W. Burton, 95, a Nebraska farm boy who became a world-famous agronomist died Nov. 22, it was reported in Tifton, Ga.. Dr. Burton was born in Clatonia, Neb., and raised on a farm in Bartley, Neb. He was a...

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Mowing Heights for Lawns

Mowing Height for Lawn Grasses in Georgia Mow your lawn when the actual grass height exceeds the recommended height by one-third. For example, mow fescue when it grows to 4 inches tall. The easiest way to measure grass height is...

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Lawn Fertilizing – Summary

The amount of fertilizer to apply to your lawn should be determined by a soil test (www.georgiasoiltest.com or by calling 1-800-ASKUGA-1. If you have not had your soil tested, or don’t have time to do the test, following are some...

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UGA Lawn Publications

Following are some useful UGA lawn publications: Basics of Turfgrass Fertilization Bermudagrass Control in Southern Lawns Bermudagrass Lawn Management Bermudagrass in Georgia Best Management Practices for Landscape Water Conservation Centipede Lawns Centipedegrass Decline Controlling Moss and Algae in Turf Cool-Season...

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Fescue Planting – 1-2-3

It is not as important as you think it is, but I know your first thought is what fescue seed to buy. Read this: Choosing a Fescue Variety and then come back. Seeding a New Lawn Optimum air temperatures for...

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Evaluating Princess 77 and New Bluegrass

Several years ago two new grasses became available to homeowners: ‘Princess 77′ bermudagrass and heat-tolerant bluegrass. Now I need your help evaluating how well they have performed. For ‘Princess 77’ I am particularly interested in how its color compares to...

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Mysterious Crop Rectangles in Fescue Lawn?

After spending thirty minutes mending two gashes in a soaker hose, I thought to myself: “I could have been to the store, bought a new one, and been back by the time I spent doing this!” Gardeners make their own...

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June Lawn Tips

Use a “broad-leaf weed killer” to spot spray violets, wild strawberry, mimosa weed and prostrate spurge in your lawn. Raise the height of your mower by one notch. It will help your lawn grass withstand dry weather. A sharp mower...

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Lawn Care Calendar (Calendars) and Factsheets

Knowing that a piece of paper in your hand is much more helpful than a computer screen in the house, I have compiled basic cultivation information and care calendars for each of the common lawn grasses. You can get and...

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