Posts Tagged ‘lawn’

Canada Green Grass Seed

Q: Recently I saw an ad for a new type of grass seed called Canada Green. It is supposed to be green year round and withstand temperatures below zero. Do you have an opinion on this one? A: From what...

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Fescue – Crabgrass Control with Siduron

Q: Can you explain how a fertilizer/pre-emergent combination using the chemical siduron can control crabgrass seed germination and not fescue? A: University of Georgia weed expert Tim Murphy says: Siduron belongs to the urea herbicide family. Most members of this...

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Lawn – Fertilizing in Winter

Q: My lawn company wants to apply urea fertilizer to my bermuda lawn in January. Isn’t this too early? A: UGA turf expert Clint Waltz says: It’s best to withhold any nitrogen application to warm-season turfgrass species until soil temperatures...

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Raccoon Damage – To Dead Sod

Q: We had fescue sod laid last year in a small garden area in our back yard but it died during the drought. In the past week or so some nocturnal animal has been ‘”unrolling”  the sod looking for something....

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Zoysia – Watering

The best time to water a lawn is in the morning, preferably before noon. This allows the grass to dry before nightfall, reducing the risk of disease. Take into account recent rainfall when deciding how much to apply. Watering restrictions...

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Bermudagrass – Fertilizing Before Rain

Q: My bermudagrass lawn is in great shape. Should I lime and fertilize even if there is no rain in the forecast for several days? A: Water is the only thing that will move the fertilizer down into the root...

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Lawn Fertilizer – Choosing

My son came home the other day complaining about his math assignment. “Why do I have to solve all these word problems?” he protested. “I’ll never need this long division when I grow up. I’ll use a calculator!” I thought...

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Lawn – Watering Correctly

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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Lawn – Growing in Shade

OK. I admit it. I have given up. I came to the conclusion that grass just would not grow in the corner of my lawn near the ornamental cherry trees. The shade there is so dense that my grass, no...

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Lawn – Leveling Low Spots

Despite your best efforts, your lawn may have spots that are lower than their surroundings. The best time to level lawns is while they are growing rapidly (fescue: fall; warm-season grasses: early summer). There are two ways to correct low...

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2005 Homeowner Comments on New Grasses

In 2005 I asked homeowners to evaluate their experiences with some of the newer grass varieties. Their responses are not scientific and should only be taken in addition to your own research when choosing a grass for your lawn. ‘Princess’...

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Lawn – Leveling

A new home in my neighborhood had bermudagrass sod planted in March. By May, one area was a perfect checkerboard of straight lines, composed of weedy plants, surrounding the individual squares of sod. Evidently the sod installers were in such...

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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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Lawn – Choices Before You Plant

I was recently asked by a writer for Publisher’s Weekly what trends I saw in the local gardening arena. I replied that I sensed homeowners are beginning to realize that they don’t have to have the biggest lawn in the...

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Lawn – Basic Maintenance

The sweet young couple seated in front of me at a recent home show appearance wore matching worried looks. “We just moved into a house in a gorgeous neighborhood and we know NOTHING about landscaping. What should we do to...

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Lawn – Beer for Fertilizer

One of the most ill-informed decisions of my life was to major in chemistry in college. Sure, I had excelled in the subject in high school. I could make my own gunpowder from ingredients bought at the pharmacy in town....

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Lawn – Fall Chores

For the first several months of new fatherhood I frequently felt like an idiot. Every time my son spit up a little cereal his mom and I assumed it was projectile vomiting and fearfully called our pediatrician. If he cried...

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Timing Spring Pre-emergent Herbicide Application on Lawn

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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