Grasses (*graminoids*) are plants with narrow leaves growing from the base.

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How can I fix my garden turf?

When the wife and I bought our house a few years ago, the garden was an over grown mess. We hacked it down to make it presentable short term. When we came to sort it properly last autumn, budgets were ...
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What should I do about coarse, thick grass growing in my lawn?

This is my lawn. For some reason lots of thick horrible coarse grass has started growing in lots of patches all over. Does anyone know why it would all of a sudden start to grow? Also, can anything ...
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Cutting tall grass (2-3ft) to short (2-3in) kill it?

I have some tall grass in my back yard and I would love to cut it but I am worried I could kill it by cutting like more than 80-90% (Hopefully not exaggerating) will kill the plant. Should I try to ...
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make chipmunk leave the back yard [duplicate]

I found that there are several holes, digged by chipmunk, in the back yard. Would you like to let me know how to handle these little animals, or how to push them move away from the yard? Thank you ...
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Please ID weed/grass

I dug out all the moss in my backyard in early May and reseed with Scotts sun and shade grass seed. After a month there are some weed or some kind of grass growing. Just wondering what kind is it. I ...
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Mice eating sown grass seed

I've been having trouble re-planting a bare patch of lawn at the back of my small garden. I was wondering if birds had been raiding the seeds (and I have bought some plastic netting ready for next ...
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Killing thick grass in flower bed by layering with plastic bags

after placing plastic bag over grass to kill it, can I leave bags down, put compost on top, then plant flowers or seeds in the compost?
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How to replace lawn with rock garden

I am not a big fan of mowing the lawn, and am planning to cover the current lawn with washed rock completely (also to prevent weed growth). Do I need to prep anything beforehand? Or can I simply ...
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New homeowner with weeds instead of grass

I bought a home recently (southeast US) and the previous owners were neglectful of their back yard. It is pretty much a variety pack of weeds: buffalo weeds, dandelions, wild strawberries, etc. There ...
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When can you weed and feed new sod?

Two weeks ago I laid down new sod on the lawn. I'm watering it really well, and it is greening up. So far no issues with it. My question is, is it too early to weed and feed it? Note: It is ...
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Can You Identify This Grass?

Can anyone identify this grass or weed that has sprouted up in my healthy fescure? Please see picture. I have a pretty good tall fescue lawn that I have been working on getting out the crabgrass and ...
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I mulched before grass seed, is that a mistake? + how to fix?

I'm planting some new grass in a ~50 sq ft area, plus in the spaces between a hundred or so newly placed stepping stones. Against all the advice I've seen, I mistakenly laid down my mulch before my ...
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Sod not getting enough water?

I had sod installed about 12 days ago and its taking really well in 95% of the yard, nice and green and is taking root. There are a few sprinklers near the back brick wall that are not far enough back ...
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How to protect your grass in the winter months

We have a small lawn and very active in the children. In the winter when it is wet the grass is completely destroyed mostly from games of soccer. What can we do to protect the grass other than ...
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Will using dense shade grass seed in a non shaded area cause problems?

I have a lawn that is mostly shaded so I have purchased dense shade grass seed. However, there are parts that get mostly sunlight and little to no shade. If I used the dense shade seed on those areas ...
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What is the correct way to hold, orient and maneuver string trimmers?

I have a straight gas powered string trimmer that spins counterclockwise. There seems to be conflicting information on the internet regarding how to hold, orient and maneuver string trimmers. Some ...
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New Sod Installation - TLC

I just had SOD installed in my yard. I live in Arizona so our dirt/soil is not the best. I checked under some of the SOD cuts and didn't see that any mulch/seeds/nutrients were used which worries me a ...
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How to thicken grass

I live in Massachusetts and I'm trying to get my grass greener. My grass has many spots that are thin and light green. Also, there are some spots about the size of a basketball that are just a big ...
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How should I handle tall grass patches in my lawn?

I recently purchased a home in January. Now that it's Spring the grass is starting to come through. However, I've noticed a variety of grass patches of different colors and lengths before I mowed for ...
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Should I leave or remove sand under a demolished brick walkway to allow grass to grow?

I started demolishing an old brick walkway in my backyard and I found sand underneath about a good 3 inches worth of sand. My question is: If I leave the sand underneath and add about 2 inches of ...
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Recommendations on fixing my uneven lawn

We had a deck removed recently and had sod put in about 10 days ago. The problem is the soil was not leveled prior to the sod being added and now the new lawn is taller than the rest of the lawn. I ...
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What kind of grass is this, and how can I keep it out of my garden

I have a thick, beautiful lawn that borders my garden. Unfortunately, I am struggling to keep the grass from infesting my garden. I have used a variety of herbicides, mostly RoundUp, along the garden ...
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How can I control/remove unwanted grass in flower beds?

I have a flower bed with some ground cover, daffodils, tulips and a few shrubs. Lately grass has been growing pretty much everywhere, including through the ground cover. I tried an herbicide called "...
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Can I Till Existing Grass Before Laying Sod?

I have a small backyard with patchy grass. I killed most of it during a recent project, always with plans of laying sod after. I've read that just tilling the existing grass isn't suggested when ...
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Why does my grass have bright green patches?

My yard is about 6 years old (new house). When we put the yard in, the seed was equal parts Fescue, Rye, and Kentucky Bluegrass. We live in NE Ohio. About 2-3 years ago, we started getting these ...
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Dead grass in lawn after winter

Where I live, we have a severe rodent problem during the winter, such that when spring comes around, I have little vole/mouse trails in my lawn and patches of dead grass where the rodents had made ...
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What's the best way to eliminate the moss in a shady, damp area of my lawn?

I need to sort out a patch of grass at the back of my garden. It's covered in moss as you can see from the picture. I'm not an expert of any sort when it comes to the garden but I would like it to ...
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Spot application of poison on seed head stalk

Before I go and try to remove a Bahia Grass infestation in my turf, I'm wondering if Glyphosate will be effective if I apply it only along the stalk that the seed-head grows out of? There is a lot of ...
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How can I prevent yellow and dead grass?

Every year I spread grass seed in the yard. However a part of the lawn still became yellow and even died. A few weeks ago I put on Scott Turf Builder Southern Gold Grass Seed. It still died. I am ...
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What's the best way to remove grass/topsoil to prepare for grading?

I want to remove about 250 square feet of grass/topsoil and then lightly grade for drainage below a future deck. Should I: Man up with a spade & a rake? Rent a sod cutter & go deep? Use ...
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Spinkler System Layout

I am planning on doing my own backyard to save a bunch of money on labor. The first step will be digging the trenches for my sprinkler system. Before I begin, i was hoping to get any thoughts or ...
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What's a good recipe for a grass seed, soil and fertilizer mixture?

I'm looking to fill some patches on my lawn that are left over from last year's addition of a layer of topsoil. They seem resistant to the typical loosen soil, apply seed and water approach -- which I'...
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Recommendations on fixing my lawn

A small corner of my lawn has gone bare (see attached picture). I wanted to know if I should wait it out hoping that adjacent grass will start growing in spring and slowly cover the patch. Or should I ...
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Is there any reason not to mix warm and cool season native grasses?

I'm looking to plant a no-maintenance prairie in my desert southwest yard (Northern New Mexico, zone 7B, sand and heavy clay soil, 7 inches of annual rainfall). Two years ago I planted a bunch of Blue ...
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My Lawn Keeps Dying

I am located in southern Louisiana. I moved into this house in June 2013, and the sod was put in around Jan-Feb 2013. I usually make sure that my lawn gets about inch of water a week, but my lawn ...
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What is this grass and how prevalent is vivipary in grasses?

We noticed some seedlings emerging from the flower head of an unidentified grass flower head yesterday. None of us had seen this before and we wondered how common it was and if it is more prevalent ...
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Repairing a grass verge

It has been a wet winter, and the grass verges have been driven over and got mangled. Looking a bit like this : I don't really want to replace it with hard standing, so it will probably be a dig ...
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What is the best time of the year to plant St. Augustine grass plugs?

I live in Dallas, Texas. When would you say the best time of year would be to plant St. Augustine grass plugs?
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How to collect your own grass plugs?

I have a quick question. While I know a good bit about bushes, shrubs and potted plants, I'll admit I don't know much about grass. We live in the south east with a lot of clay soil. Some of the best ...
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What species is this large clump of lawn grass?

I recently planted tall fescue in the shaded, wet areas of my lawn (mostly around the patio) as the couch grass simply would not grow there. I noticed there was a fine, long, dark green clump grass ...
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Basic lawn profiling

I live in Germany (near Frankfurt so about 50 degrees latitude) and have a rather tiny lawn. It doesn't get a lot of light, especially in the winter, and frankly it rains a lot here and the patch is ...
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What are the benefits of solarization?

I am trying to cull crabgrass from my desert yard. I live in central Arizona. The crabgrass will grow in intense heat and seems very robust. It tends to grow more rapidly in shaded areas of the ...
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What is this grass that is growing in my desert yard?

I live in New Mexico (zone 7a) and my yard is basically a desert. However, I was surprised to discover some grass growing near the edge of my patio slab today. I didn't plant it and I certainly haven'...
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What kind of grass can grow up in water

I want to make something like this vase made from an incandescent light bulb: But I wonder what kind of grass can I put in which will not rot?
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Which grasses should I keep in this terribly overgrown lawn?

I have moved to a property where the lawn has not been cut for (according to neighbours) 2 years, and the grasses are now about 2 feet high with seeds. I would like some advice about which ones to ...
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How do I remove Bermuda grass without destroying my cool-season lawn?

I am having trouble controlling Bermuda grass through my cool-season lawn (grass type Fescue). I live in Lancaster, PA USDA Zone 6. Is there an effective method of removing it without effecting the ...
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How do I keep “cat grass” alive?

Sometimes I buy a little carton of grass at the pet store for my (indoor) cat to nibble on. She likes it but it always seems to die off within a week or two. I'd really love to have a sustainable ...
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Organic or Traditional lawn fertilizer: which is safer for areas with young children?

I have a new lawn that was started in late August in the Boston (MA) area. The installer says it's time to apply fall fertilizer. My new lawn looks pretty good: there was broad germination; there are ...
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How can we grow grass in our heavy clay yard?

My wife and I have been living in a new subdivision for the past two years and have been struggling with getting grass to fully take in our backyard. Our front yard is sod and has been doing fine, but ...
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Can reel mowers be used to cut wet grass?

So, I picked up a reel mower, and thinking about cutting wet grass with it. When I think about the reasons why I couldn't cut wet grass with a power mower, none of them seemed to apply (There is no ...