Ornamental Grasses

Should I Aerate On My Own

Q: I want to aerate my fescue before fall overseeding. Do you have tips on doing it myself vs hiring a lawn service?  A: Generally speaking, homeowners can accomplish better aeration of their lawns than you’ll get from a commercial...

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When To Fertilize My New Zoysia Sod

Q: I am a new homeowner. My zoysia sod has been down since late May. Does it need fertilizer?  A: If the sod seems to be strongly rooted down then it’s time to fertilize. You can buy any thing that...

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Preventing Fescue From Growing In Bermuda Lawn

Q: How do I prevent fescue grass from growing in my bermuda grass sod yard?  A: The easiest way is to consistently mow the bermuda grass low. Fescue really hates being mowed lower than a couple of inches but bermuda...

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Should I Use Liquid Fertilizer On My Lawn

Q: I just bought a large tow-behind sprayer. I would like to use it to apply liquid to my one-acre lawn. What’s the least expensive fertilizer to use?  A: The best product for your situation is one of the granular...

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My Lawn Is Suffering From Drought

Q: Some areas of my lawn look really stressed from drought. I try to water it once a week for twenty minutes each zone.  A: You need to know how much water is being applied in twenty minutes. Set six...

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Best Time To Seed My Lawn With TifTuf Bermuda?

Q: When is the best time over seed my lawn with TifTuf bermuda?  A: You can’t overseed with TifTuf because it is a hybrid plant. It does not produce seeds. TifTuf bermudagrass was hybridized by University of Georgia researchers. It...

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How To Get Rid Of Johnson Weed

Q: How do you get rid of Johnson weed?  A: It’s tough! Johnsongrass, Sorghum halepense, was introduced from the Mediterranean as a pasture grass. But farmers soon found that this tall, aggressive grass, while favored by cattle, was very difficult...

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Do Different Varieties Of Zoysia Require Different Soil Temperatures?

Q: Do different varieties of zoysia grass require different soil temperatures to root? A: Different varieties of zoysia grass tolerate cold air temperatures differently, but the soil temperature for rooting is similar for all of them. My general advice is...

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How Long Can I Keep Grass Seed In My Shed?

Q: If I buy grass seed now, will the seed be good in October? I would keep it dry and off the floor in a shed.  A: Grass seed best retains its germination ability when it is stored in a...

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Can I Grow A Lawn During Winter?

Q: My family has just moved here from California. I really want to grow a lawn. Can I start growing a lawn during the dead of winter? The area has light shade.  A: Available sunlight is always the dominant factor...

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Life Span Of St. Augustine Lawns

Q: Recently I was told that St. Augustine lawns have a natural life span of less than fifteen years. My own experience refutes this. A: I agree with you! My own St. Augustine lawn has been here for twenty years....

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Suggestions About Where To Plant Gyoku-ryu Mondo Grass

Q: I want to plant Gyoku-ryu mondo grass in a large shady space beneath trees. Any suggestions?  A: Common mondo grass, Ophiopogon japonicus, spreads easily from individual plants. But the variety you have chosen is extremely dwarf and spreads very...

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Can I Use Paint To Make My Bermuda Lawn Green In Winter?

Q: Can I use paint to make my bermuda lawn green in winter?  A: It is possible…as long as you don’t set your expectations too high. There are several kinds of products used to color turf, including paints, pigments and...

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What To Do With Ant Mounds?

Q: I have two bare spots in my bermuda lawn where ant mounds have disappeared and a third hill that’s still active. What do I do with the hills?  A: Dilute a liquid lawn insecticide according to label directions and...

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Something Is Digging Up My Zoysia Sod

Q: We have a fenced back yard and have never had any problems with critters. This year we put down zoysia sod and something is digging it up.  A: I’d lay my money on raccoons. They have dexterous paws that...

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How Can I Make Centipede Grass Plugs Spread Faster? 

Q: How can I make centipede grass plugs spread faster?  A: Centipede grass does not grow very rapidly. All warm season grasses slow down in September, so nothing can be done now. Next year, in both early May and early...

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I Am Overseeding My Fescue Lawn

Q: I’m overseeding my fescue lawn. Your website says to apply lime at a rate of 50 lbs per 1,000 square feet. My lawn is 5,000 square feet, needing 250 lbs. But I saw a 30 lb. bag of fast-acting...

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Is It Too Late To Fertilize My Centipede?

Q: Is it too late to fertilize my centipede?  A: Usually you fertilize centipede grass once or twice per year: one time in early May, another time in early July (if you think it needs it). It pretty much stops...

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