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dcastine
07-23-2006, 09:49 AM
Dear Lawn PROs - I'm new to the forum, and will appreciate ANY help you can give me.

My lawn is typically one of the nicest on my street, but this year it's not even in the top ten - I'm very discouraged... I do ALL my own landscaping, furtilizing, mowing, etc. (I enjoy it very much).

The problem I have has to do with my back lawn which faces SOUTH, very sunny as you would expect, no sprinklers (yet), but I do the best I can, when I can...

I have a rogue type of grass that seems to be taking over, it is a lighter colored, thicker blade of grass that grows about 2x the rate of the other grass??? It grows striaght-up and does not seem to be crab-grass or any type of weed. It's driving me nuts! It seems to appear LATE spring/early summer and makes the lawn look horrible... I have to cut it every 3 days so that I can stand it. I noticed it last year but thought since it didn't come up until June I had licked it - but that was a dream... I can email you pics if you'd like...

THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR HELP!!

Dave Castine
Wakefield, MA
davecastine@gmail.com:confused:

Team-Green L&L
07-23-2006, 10:00 AM
Dear Lawn PROs - I'm new to the forum, and will appreciate ANY help you can give me.

My lawn is typically one of the nicest on my street, but this year it's not even in the top ten - I'm very discouraged... I do ALL my own landscaping, furtilizing, mowing, etc. (I enjoy it very much).

The problem I have has to do with my back lawn which faces SOUTH, very sunny as you would expect, no sprinklers (yet), but I do the best I can, when I can...

I have a rogue type of grass that seems to be taking over, it is a lighter colored, thicker blade of grass that grows about 2x the rate of the other grass??? It grows striaght-up and does not seem to be crab-grass or any type of weed. It's driving me nuts! It seems to appear LATE spring/early summer and makes the lawn look horrible... I have to cut it every 3 days so that I can stand it. I noticed it last year but thought since it didn't come up until June I had licked it - but that was a dream... I can email you pics if you'd like...

THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR HELP!!

Dave Castine
Wakefield, MA
davecastine@gmail.com:confused:

Your situation is quite common, but we can't begin to know what rogue grass it is without pics. The best way to do this is to upload from te reply window. Hit "Go Advanced" then go down to "manage attachments" and upload your photo. The demisions must not exceed 800 dpi so resize if needed.

NattyLawn
07-23-2006, 10:11 AM
We do need pics, but is it Nutsedge? It should pull easily and have little rhizomatic roots. It grows faster than turf, and loves the hot, humid, and damp weather our regions has been having lately. Just a sight unseen diagnosis, but it's probably it.

SodKing
07-23-2006, 10:16 AM
I would concur with the Nutsedge diagnosis. It seems that the humid and beyond wet weather we have seen up here has lead to a drastic increase in nutsedge.

dcastine
07-23-2006, 10:17 AM
Ask and you shall receive (anything for you guys that can help me!!)

These pics are 3 minutes old - THE SUN JUST CAME OUT!! (is that a sign your divine intervention? We'll see...LOL)

http://img318.imageshack.us/img318/2214/grass072306003sw7.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img373.imageshack.us/img373/9972/grass072306002zv3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img373.imageshack.us/img373/6108/grass072306004tf9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

THANKS!!

jeffinsgf
07-23-2006, 10:52 AM
I've got the same thing. If it is nutsedge, what do we do?

dcastine
07-23-2006, 10:55 AM
You'll also note the little mushrooms in my pics - rain? Yeah, we got that!

The NUTSEGDGE is my main concern.... I've been doing some reading on this forum (amazing, BTW) - and it seems there is a product called "SEDGEHAMMER" that is quite effective - can this be bought through your typical HOME DEPOT / LOWES stores?

Dave

NattyLawn
07-23-2006, 01:50 PM
That's Nutsedge. You can't buy Sedgehammer or Manage at your local box store, but try and find a Lesco or other store that sells professional products in your area. As far as I know, Lesco sells small 1oz packs of Manage, but with the intro of Sedgehammer, I don't know if they're still available.

dcastine
07-23-2006, 02:18 PM
Thanks Everyone - bought the Sedgehammer ....

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=ADME:B:EOIBSAA:US:11&Item=120012667119

EBAY!!

THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP - THIS FORUM IS VERY INFORMATIVE!!

THANKS AGAIN
DAVE

:usflag:

SodKing
07-23-2006, 02:31 PM
Follow the label and your nutsedge problems will decrease...

dcastine
07-23-2006, 02:38 PM
Will do Mr. King !!

Will I need to do this every year? Or will killing it this year, kill it for good... I suspect this will be on an 'as needed' basis...

Thanks again
Dave

NattyLawn
07-23-2006, 04:22 PM
Thanks Everyone - bought the Sedgehammer ....

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=ADME:B:EOIBSAA:US:11&Item=120012667119

EBAY!!

THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP - THIS FORUM IS VERY INFORMATIVE!!

THANKS AGAIN
DAVE

:usflag:

Dave,

How big is your lawn? Just asking because the packet you bought makes a gallon of material. If your lawn is on the bigger side, you may want to buy 2.

There's a good chance the Nutsedge will come back in the years to come, but probably not as severe.

SodKing
07-23-2006, 04:36 PM
Generally it is a tough to control weed. Keep a supply close by, when condidtions are favorable it will repropagate