Posts Tagged ‘mowing’

Zoysia – How Low to Mow

Q: You have said to cut zoysia grass 1/2″ to 1 1/2″ high. My husband and I measured our mower and we were cutting our’s about 2 1/4″ high. Walking on our grass was like walking on pillows. We lowered...

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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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Centipedegrass – Decline

Q: I’ve heard of centipede decline…….but this is ridiculous! Our fourteen year-old centipedegrass yard began developing bare patches about four years ago. Now almost a third of my yard is bare and looks horrible. A: It turns out that a...

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Bermudagrass – Mowing Correctly

Q: My yard is in great shape but my goal is to have shorter bermudagrass that stays green. I have tried to train it shorter but no matter what, when I cut it low, it is brown underneath. Some in...

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Mowing Height – Calculating

When a homeowner complained that his bermudagrass was showing lots of scalped areas in fall, I turned to Dr. Clint Waltz, my turf specialist friend. —————————-“There are several things working here but the primary issue is mowing frequency. 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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How to Maintain Your Mower

Maybe you were one of those who can’t resist the ‘call of the turf’ this year. If you begin mowing (assuming you could get your machine started!) without doing some preliminary maintenance, you could damage your mower and your lawn....

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Bermudagrass – Going to seed

Q: I have been told that you should and that you should not let bermudagrass go to seed. Which is correct and why? A: I see no problem with letting bermudagrass go to seed, other than an observation that you...

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Dallisgrass – control

Q: I have almost two acres of a mixture of centipedegrass and bermudagrass. Unfortunately, dallisgrass is taking over. Is there anything in this whole wide world that I can use to kill this pest? A: Dallisgrass is indeed hard to...

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Fungicides – Expensive

Q: Can you suggest any alternatives to the “store-bought” fungicides for bermudagrass? They get awfully expensive when you are trying to control fungus in an acre of lawn! With the wet weather we had earlier I need a maintenance program...

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Lawn – Choosing a Mower

Q: My husband and I just bought a house with an established bermudagrass lawn. We need to buy a lawn mower but we can not agree on the type to buy. He believes that we have to have a reel...

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Open Meadow- Creating

Q: I have several acres of fallow farm land that I am trying to keep as an open meadow. It is a constant battle to keep the sweetgum trees out. We have mowed them down twice a year for several...

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Composting – Lawn Clippings

Q: I find myself with lots of fescue clippings I would like to compost this summer. However, we have our lawn treated with fertilizer and weed killer by a national lawn maintenance company. Does this mean we shouldn’t use our...

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Weed and Feed Products – Not Recommended

Q: In your series of newspaper articles about weed control, I didn’t see anything about weed and feed products. Why not? A: Despite the assurance on their labels that weed and feed products are an improvement in lawn maintenance, I...

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Reel Mower – Choosing

Q: I just bought a new home on 1/3 acre and it is all new bermudagrass sod. I would rather use a high quality reel mower. Can you make a recommendation? A: My main concern with using a reel mower...

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JaMur (Jammer) Zoysiagrass

Q: What do you know about ‘Jammer’ zoysiagrass? A: Not much…but we’re about to hear lots more. Dr. Clint Waltz visited an old research plot of this grass and he says “…….after 4 years of neglect (e.g. no or minimal...

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Snake – Repellents

Q: In the last two weeks I have killed four snakes, one of them in my garage. They were pretty big ones. One might have been a king snake, another was black with yellow lines. We live in a wooded...

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Mondo Grass – Care

Q: I have a question about dwarf mondo grass (Ophiopogon japonicus ‘Nana’). I planted it last year as a groundcover around foundation plants in the hope that someday I wouldn’t have to buy pine straw. It is filling in slowly...

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