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Old 04-25-2010, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Western North Carolina
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I have an awful back yard. It was wooded until three years when they cleared the trees to put the house here, and when they did, they took the top soil. All that will grow in this hard Carolina clay is weeds!

I specifically want to know what kind of "grass" I seem to have that is growing in hard "clumps" all over the yard. It gets very green, gets very high quickly and is difficult to mow. Any ideas?
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Old 04-25-2010, 07:43 AM
 
Location: AL for now
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Question Can you post a photo or 2?

It could be tall fescue or crabgrass or ??? I empathize with you; my clay grows henbit, crabgrass, and wild onions extremely well - - but not much else without a lot of effort!
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Old 04-25-2010, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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I have an awful back yard. It was wooded until three years when they cleared the trees to put the house here, and when they did, they took the top soil. All that will grow in this hard Carolina clay is weeds!

I specifically want to know what kind of "grass" I seem to have that is growing in hard "clumps" all over the yard. It gets very green, gets very high quickly and is difficult to mow. Any ideas?
I think I hear you describing Dallis Grass.

Like this?
http://www.natureinthecity.org/coppe...llisgrass1.jpg

http://scsphotogallery.tamu.edu/albu...allisgrass.jpg

A serious infestation can be very difficult to eradicate. It out-competes even more aggressive, smothering grasses like St. Augustine and once it gets to a certain size digging or Roundup is about the only way to rid yourself of it. When they are young, the whole plant can be pulled by hand with relative ease. The only thing that works very well without killing the rest of your yard is aggressively prosecuting the first sign of a young shoot.
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Old 04-25-2010, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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I don't mean to hijack the thread , but Jim do you know what kind of grass this may be?



It's a light green color and it's everywhere in my Centipede lawn, seems to get worse every year. Someone told me once it was "panic grass", but it doesn't seem to match the pics I find. Atrazine doesn't seem to phase it one bit.
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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I don't mean to hijack the thread , but Jim do you know what kind of grass this may be?



It's a light green color and it's everywhere in my Centipede lawn, seems to get worse every year. Someone told me once it was "panic grass", but it doesn't seem to match the pics I find. Atrazine doesn't seem to phase it one bit.
That looks like bona-fide crabgrass to me...

http://www.umassvegetable.org/images/soils_crops_pest_mgt/weed/crabgrass_large.jpg (broken link)

Definitely preferable to dallis grass, IMO. I've never met crabgrass that was as vehemently opposed to hand-pulling as dallis grass.

It could also be johnson grass, but I don't think the match is as strong...

http://njaes.rutgers.edu/images/phot...grass-full.jpg
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Old 04-26-2010, 08:14 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I specifically want to know what kind of "grass" I seem to have that is growing in hard "clumps" all over the yard. It gets very green, gets very high quickly and is difficult to mow. Any ideas?
I have a lot of grass similar to what you describe, and for me it's onion grass. Try digging up one of those clumps and see if you see small little onions at the bottom. In my case if I keep my lawn mowed the onion grass blends in with the rest of the lawn and looks fine.
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Old 04-26-2010, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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That looks like bona-fide crabgrass to me...

http://www.umassvegetable.org/images/soils_crops_pest_mgt/weed/crabgrass_large.jpg (broken link)

Definitely preferable to dallis grass, IMO. I've never met crabgrass that was as vehemently opposed to hand-pulling as dallis grass.

It could also be johnson grass, but I don't think the match is as strong...

http://njaes.rutgers.edu/images/phot...grass-full.jpg
I've had crabgrass before but I don't think this is it. Crabgrass has a more loose and sprawly form, but this forms a more tight mound that usually gets no taller than six inches. It forms seeds as low as three inches which makes it very hard to control.
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