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Invasive grass.... Newbie needs identifcation help.....

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by NC'00'TJ, Aug 2, 2004.

  1. NC'00'TJ

    NC'00'TJ LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Messages: 3

    I need some help from all the lawn gurus out there. I am a home owner in North Carolina and I have a nice piece of lawn. As most of you, I like to keep it up and show it off. It had existing grass when i moved in which was fine leafed and a good shade of green. Now this season a more broad leafed intruder has appeared and is rapidly spreading. He is much coarser and not good to look at. I have tried to hit him with the broad leaf killer spray, but it had no effect.

    I guess my question as a new homeowner is:

    1) what type of lawn is my existing lawn? - I dont know what type of seed to get to reseed with. I bought a bag of scott's mix which is mostly tall fescue and a little ryegrass. Should I use it or do something else?

    2) what is this new intruder?

    3) how can I get rid of the invasive grass without killing my lawn?

    I really thank you folks for any help you can give me on this one.

  2. NC'00'TJ

    NC'00'TJ LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Messages: 3

    this is the existing lawn i want to keep, and reseed.

  3. BladesAway

    BladesAway LawnSite Member
    from Ok
    Messages: 74

    That is crabgrass and it is hard to get rid of. I always hand pull them out before they get going good but a pre emergent should keep them away if applied in the spring and fall. You could also spot spray just do a search for crabgrass there are alot of chemicals on the market that do the same job. I go to my local farm supply store and they give me what I need. The other grass looks like fescue to me but I could be wrong. There are alot of different fescues around. Pull a chunk out of the ground as well as a soil sample and take it to your farm supply store and they can analyze the soil as well as tell you what you need to do for to help your soil out. Our farm center does the anaylsis for free since they will be sell me the chemicals. This s is just what I used to do. I ended up hiring a company to do the fretilization and weed control because I was spending well over 50 a month to get my grass in good shape then maintaining it.There are guys on here that are alot better on this subject than I am. I hope i helped you out a little.
  4. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 1,009

    Dallisgrass,not crabgrass.Dig up the entire plant and remove.If there are too many to dig up,spray with MSMA,with a handheld sprayer.Also,start mowing higher in order to keep out those weeds.
    Next spring,apply a preemergent.
  5. BladesAway

    BladesAway LawnSite Member
    from Ok
    Messages: 74

  6. blaze347

    blaze347 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 101

    My guess on the grass would be some sort of fine/red fescue.

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