A: The first and most important thing to know is the soil pH. This grass likes an acid, infertile soil with pH around 5.0 to 5.5. Centipedegrass is a slow growing, low maintenance grass with low fertility requirements…. Read More
Q: I am having some difficulty keeping my centipedegrass healthy. I have been using a common fertilizer found at any of the garden centers but a friend told me to call you because I might be over doing… Read More
Q: I was thinking about seeding a small, sunny area of my lawn with Argentine bahiasgrass. My neighbor thinks it is a bad idea. What are your thoughts?
A: Argentine bahiagrass is a beautiful grass for home lawns and would be a good choice providing your soil pH is acidic enough. I have found most of the soil in our area is quite the opposite –… Read More
Q: I was considering replacing some of my lawn but I was told not to plant victory grass in its place. What can you tell me about victory grass? A: I have not heard of victory grass but… Read More
Q: Some of the University of Florida publications on lawn grasses talk about vertical mowing. What is vertical mowing? A: The typical lawn mowers used in the home landscape are called rotary as the blades move in a… Read More
A: None! Please, please do not add lime to your Florida yards unless you have had a soil test that indicates you need it. I have had hundreds of soil test results and only one person has ever… Read More
Q: I want to do the right thing but I am concerned about not using any phosphorus on the lawn. How do I know if the lawn is deficient?
A: Nutrient deficiencies seldom occur alone and these deficiencies in plant material often look similar. It is therefore difficult to determine exactly which nutrient is lacking simply by looking at the grass blades or plant leaf. Some studies… Read More
Q: You often talk about not overusing Nitrogen fertilizers but isn’t it needed to keep the grass growing?
A: I am going to take a recent study and use parts of it to answer your question. Nitrogen is important for growth but we generally are using too much. A little fertilizer can perk up a St…. Read More