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bmax
10-05-2011, 03:00 PM
Need Help to ID grass type

I need some assistance in identifying grass in picture. The grass goes dormant/brown in the winter (Atlanta, GA area), has active shoots/runners during growing season and gets a purple tint to some of the blades in the Fall. It is thick, crowds out everything around it and has a soft, almost sponge-like feel when walking on it. Thanks in advance for any assistance.

RigglePLC
10-05-2011, 08:46 PM
can't see pic. Scroll down and use "manage attachments" to add pics. Use browse to find and click them on your computer.

IRRITECH
10-05-2011, 09:01 PM
Unless you have Zoysia which not many yards around here do, then what you have is Bermuda.

jbell36
10-06-2011, 11:47 PM
ha, sounds like crabgrass...but yeah it is probably bermuda

Andy31
01-12-2012, 10:19 PM
Well since I was using the search function and the OP never posted a pic I will. I am trying to identify this grass I am leaning towards Zoysia but I would not be surprised if it were a variety of bermuda.
Could help me identify this grass and if it is Zoysia, is it Emerald or can you tell the variety when it is dormant?

Thanks in advance,
and if you must rag on me I can take that too.
http://i44.tinypic.com/2cpvlo3.jpg
http://i42.tinypic.com/4so6jc.jpg
http://i40.tinypic.com/25qangk.jpg
http://i42.tinypic.com/nb6dle.jpg

Turf Dawg
01-30-2012, 12:10 AM
It looks like common, mid iron or tifton 10 bermuda to me.

atasteofnature
01-30-2012, 12:25 AM
My first gut thought looking at pic is Bermuda. I do need to freshen up on my warm season grasses since I have a turf bowl coming up. Hope you get it figured out!

Landscape Poet
01-30-2012, 12:53 AM
It looks like common, mid iron or tifton 10 bermuda to me.

Turf the guy that posted the pic has the same avitar as you and I did not read his name.....I thought it was you until I read your response below his...I was cracking up because I was thinking how the hell does Turf not know what Bermuda looks like. :confused:

Andy31
01-30-2012, 09:31 AM
Crack up all want Michael. What part of FL are are you in? I lived in Tampa, and Clearwater for many years. I am new and I am learning... but I was trying to compare it to this: which looks like my sample...
http://aggieturf.tamu.edu/aggieturf2/lawns/images/zoysiagrass.jpg

but then the pic of the bermuda grass here looks like it too...
http://www.caes.uga.edu/publications/pubDetail.cfm?pk_id=7386

Any insight on defining characteristics would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Andy

Turf Dawg
01-30-2012, 09:36 PM
There is probably 40-50 varieties of Bermuda. Some are very similar and some very different than others. I have had people ask me before what the weed was in their lawn that they could not get rid of and I had to tell them it was Bermuda, then they say "well I thought that was the Bermuda" and I tell them it is, they are both Bermuda grass but look like chit when some two varieties are mixed together.

All the Bermuda will have Rhizomes and Stolons but the leaf blades will vary some. The Zoysia will have Rhizomes and Stolons but have a wider leaf blade that does not branch as much [more like St Augustine].

Andy31
02-20-2012, 09:51 PM
OK another question on the same turf pictured above.
I was researching some more and I found out that Zoysia's stolons do not have leave tip on the end of the stolon, while bermuda's stolons will have the leaf tip on the end of the stolon.
So does this confirm Zoysia? or have you seen bermuda grass with stolon tips with out a leaf?

Andy31
02-21-2012, 10:37 PM
unanswered question bump:dizzy:

Turf Dawg
02-21-2012, 11:26 PM
Your pic might be some sort of Zosia I have never seen before, but I am still going with Bermuda. Much of all the Zosia grown around here, mainly Jamur and Palisades, have much wider leaf blades and even the Myer Zosia I have seen has wider blades than Bermuda.
The growth habit of the pics shown looks to me like it would be Common, Tifton 10 or Mid Iron Bermuda. Costal Bermuda will pretty much be green from the Stolon to the leaf tips with even the chute green. The varieties that are grown to be mowed close, 1/2" and under, will generall have fine leaf blades that grow directly from the Stolon and if mowed too high they will get a tough stem/chute growing from the Stolon with just the leaf blades on the tip. That is why they look like you scalped it in places even though you mowed it high.

Landscape Poet
02-21-2012, 11:59 PM
Crack up all want Michael. What part of FL are are you in? I lived in Tampa, and Clearwater for many years. I am new and I am learning... but I was trying to compare it to this: which looks like my sample...
http://aggieturf.tamu.edu/aggieturf2/lawns/images/zoysiagrass.jpg

but then the pic of the bermuda grass here looks like it too...
http://www.caes.uga.edu/publications/pubDetail.cfm?pk_id=7386

Any insight on defining characteristics would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Andy

That was not a crack at you Andy, but it would of been at Turf as he has been running around these forums, and I would assume by his ugly mug, in the green industry long enough that he should know Bermuda when he sees it.

It is nice to see you taking a true interest in your work.

By the way I live just a few minutes northeast of Orlando in Oviedo.

My guess is with Turf. I would say it is safe to assume given your area and the appearance of the picture that what you have is Bermuda. I could not tell you the cultivator as I am not that well versed in Bermuda as you know if you lived here our primary turf is St. Augustine on residental lawns of any quality followed by Zoysia and roadsides and homes or businesses where turf is not important to the owner Bahia.