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primo spaghetti 04-08-2012 09:02 PM

Can someone help me with my weed problem??
 
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now that i have your attention...i seriously have a weed problem...IN MY LAWN.

Anyone tell me what this is? my first guess is crab grass or orchard grass, but I have no idea...and it is really starting to take over my whole lawn. it is a definite lighter shade of green than my grass and it grows at 5-10 times faster than grass...

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Warlock III 04-08-2012 10:07 PM

Definitely not crab grass. CG is a low ground cover. Looks to me like some kind of secondary grass that may have done well. Did you happen to re-seed or over-seed last year? Tall fescue. And the only reason I might know this is because I can't get anything but moss in my yard. At this point it would have been cheaper for me to sod.

primo spaghetti 04-09-2012 06:54 AM

i didnt think it would be crabgrass...friggin lawn was in bad shape when i bought this place two years ago...it was finally looking great last summer, but then in aug/sep i think i had a grub infestation. i dug up some soil and had something that looked like leatherjackets or crane fly larvae. So because of the dead patches in september i did overseed, but the seed i bought was supposed to be mostly kentucky blue grass (obviously not).

I dont want to kill the entire lawn and restart from sod if i dont have to. im hoping i can identify the weed so that i can find a selective killer for it. If not i guess i will have to round-up the affected areas (almost half my lawn) and re sod the affected areas.

SS4Luck 04-09-2012 07:52 AM

buy a goat, fence your yard, problem solved :D

Just rememer agricultural round up kills everything, you could have some cool designs in your yard if you wanted to!

Excoastie 04-09-2012 09:06 AM

I'm not sure what it's called either, but I do feel your pain. I went through the same thing a few years ago. This year I have other issues, but that is for another thread LOL.

What I did was went out and purchased a new lawn spreader, along with some Scott's Weed & Feed, and some Scott's Turf Builder. I applied both according to the directions on the bag(s) and watered every couple of days.

I'll typically bag the clippings when I mow, for a couple of weeks I mulched instead. I don't know that mulching really did anything to help, but someone (forget who) told me that it helps to prevent picking up and throwing way the fertilizer and such that was added. It sort of made sense, so that is what I did.

Within a few weeks I started to see improvement, and within a couple of months my lawn was looking pretty good.

I don't know if this will work for you, but it worked for me. good luck

Exco

primo spaghetti 04-09-2012 12:38 PM

HAHA...i like the goat idea....but not going to happen..then ill have a manure problem...but i guess then ill have lots of souvlaki...hmmm. maybe i will try the goat.

Ex caostie. i did try the scotts route. always have used it and i basically have scotts to thank for the best grass that i usually have. I also tried some ortho weed be gone max last fall to try and combat some of of the early growth stuff....i might hit it with a spray today is the weather is supposed to stay warm, however, i think this is a variety of grass that a selective killer wont touch.

i really screwed up last year and missed the signs of grubs, and ill swear by it, the scotts seed i got last year was garbage.

I know round up is going to kill everything...but the sun is shining and i think i might just have to do it. i made a trip to a sod farm...they sell the seed they use for their sod, and their grass is nice...so i might try and patch work it...and rent an overseeder in the fall and really attack it with fresh seed.

ill keep you guys posted as i appreciate all the advice.

Razorbass 04-09-2012 06:39 PM

Be careful about spraying Roundup prior to putting down your sod. It could contaminate the soil and prevent your new sod from taking root. Worse yet, it could kill the sod. You might consult with a professional lawn care company first to see if they have any suggestions. Also, if you have a university nearby, someone there might be able to provide insight. Might be best to do some more research before spending the money on sod. Good luck. I try to keep a pristine lawn too and know how frustrating this can be.

GTyankee 04-09-2012 07:32 PM

I am not a grass guy, but it looks sort of like this
http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/WEEDS/goosegrass.html

Kentucky Blue Grass users have seen this
http://www.ppws.vt.edu/scott/weed_id/cypes.htm

snrusnak 04-09-2012 07:57 PM

Looks like grass to me....?

primo spaghetti 04-09-2012 07:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Razorbass (Post 772475)
Be careful about spraying Roundup prior to putting down your sod. It could contaminate the soil and prevent your new sod from taking root. Worse yet, it could kill the sod. You might consult with a professional lawn care company first to see if they have any suggestions. Also, if you have a university nearby, someone there might be able to provide insight. Might be best to do some more research before spending the money on sod. Good luck. I try to keep a pristine lawn too and know how frustrating this can be.

i totally agree...i did check with the sod company and read the round-up label...looks like good to replant after 3-5 days. ill wait a week or to till all the grass dies and then gently till the soil in preparation for seed/sod.


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