What the heck is that thing in lawns? ...

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by mkroher, Oct 7, 2004.

  1. mkroher

    mkroher LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 539

    It looks like an upside down root. When you mow it, it gives a 'scalp' look.

    I pulled one out today. It was about 3" high (after cutting). Had a few small tillers going up the stem, but at the top, had a damn tiller 'ball' going on. I see these things everywhere. They seem to team up and bunch together in clusters. What the hell is it? Is there a way to control it?

  2. TSM

    TSM LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Posts: 707

    sounds like you are describing BentGrass? Although I have never heard anyone describe it as an upside down root. :)

    BentGrass, when mowed at tall heights, will look sort of like a Palm Tree. All stem then it 'leafs out' at the top of the plant...after mowing (the green leaf portion gets mowed away) it leaves the brown stem...kinda like what you said as 'scalped'

    At this time there are no selective controls for BentGrass
  3. mkroher

    mkroher LawnSite Senior Member
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  4. philk17088

    philk17088 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 17,386

    It could be yellow tuft, a fungus that causes the grass to grow deformed. I get it every year in my home lawn around Sept.

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