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

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What should I do to rescue grass from a petrol spill?

We had some less than stellar workmen do some work a few weeks ago, and one of them spilled a substantial amount of petrol onto our front lawn. There is now an area about 100cm in diameter where the ...
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How can I temporarily grow grass on concrete?

I just bought a house that has a backyard, but much of it is taken up by a concrete pad that connects the driveway to the garage. I was thinking about having the pad removed because I want to put ...
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Crabgrass or thatch?

Is this crabgrass or thatch-whatever it is how do I get rid of it?
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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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How to get rid of bermuda grass without using chemicals

I live in Northern California. I have found that Bermuda grass is extremely invasive and am ready to give up the lawn. We want to move to a native plant garden instead. I have been reading about ...
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What is the best way to sow grass seed in high rainfall areas?

I have tried sowing onto loose soil and covering with grass clippings, but the rain floats the seed and the clippings into piles and the pounding action of the water buries the seed in the mud. I ...
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Does grass absorb juglone from black walnut trees?

If grass grows near a black walnut tree, will they absorb the infamous juglone? If so, would it it be a lot or would plants near them be okay to eat/feed still?
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What happens if I use fishing line in a grass trimmer?

Grass trimmer cutting line looks pretty much like very thick fishing line. So it looks like if I find fishing line of exactly the same diameter that is accepted by my grass trimmer head it should be ...
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Do I always use the thickest possible line in grass trimmer?

Just as an example, Stihl FS130 grass trimmer can be equipped with Autocut 25-2 cutting head that can hold either 2.4 mm or 2.7 mm cutting line - so within the same trimmer and the same head I can ...
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Drought-tolerant grass for sunny, wet Texas clay

I live in Texas, and my back yard is on the bottom of a hill; thus it gets lots of run-off from other houses in the subdivision. The run-off causes problems you'd normally expect: Soft, boggy lawn ...
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Can we plant grass over canvas weed deterrent?

The previous owner put down canvas weed deterrent underneath a few flower beds. We are now trying to turn these beds into grass to increase the size of the lawn. Do I need to try to pull up all of ...
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What is an aggressive grass that will grow from seed in Maine?

My lawn is a hodgepodge of different grass types - notably Bermuda grass on my front lawn. Is there a grass that you can seed that will push other grasses out? For reference I live in Maine. Edit: ...
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In the southern US, what are the advantages of Saint Augustine grass?

Are there any advantages of growing Saint Augustine grass in the southern United States for residential lawns?
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How to reseed my lawn?

A friend of mine told me I should spread seed and then put a half inch of soil over it. I have about half an acre of lawn so this would be a LOT of soil. Is there any way to just spread seed and still ...
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Does Trimec kill grasses (fescue)

Located in North Carolina. Mostly a fescue lawn. well established, some new sod from last fall, some new grass seed from this spring. Let, I have weeds. Some areas of my lawn are fighting a good ...
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How do I start a new lawn?

I had an infestation of grubs, as well as some severe compaction issues, resulting in a very patchy front lawn (1000 sq ft, Toronto). Over the weekend I roto-tilled the lawn to a depth of 6 inches. ...
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Lawn repair / treatment ahead of spring?

Towards the end of summer and for the whole of winter the lawn at the back of my house has been ignored. It now looks more like a farmers field and needs some attention! There are photos here ...
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How do I fill in dead patches in my lawn?

When my sod was about a month old, we (accidentally) didn't water it for about it a month, causing it to go dormant. Over several months, most of the grass came back, but now it has several large bald ...
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identify this tall grass plant?

I bought this guy shortly before Hurricane Sandy, and then was stranded away from my apartment for a couple weeks while it died. It's managing to come back to life, but I'd love to know what kind of ...
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Building a concrete divider for a lawn/garden bed

I have a garden bed in between my fence and my lawn, seperated by a row of two bricks in an "L" arrangement. I'd like to replace the bricks with a concrete divider similar the picture in this post - ...
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How do I control the broadleaf weeds taking over my centipedegrass lawn?

I have a lawn that was neglected for a long time - I've done a fair share of Weed-n-feed for a few months, but the weeds continue to prosper in the lawn. I know the soil is great (rich, moist, black ...
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When to use grass seed vs. “weed and feed”

I have a stretch of my otherwise healthy South Florida, St. Augustin lawn that has thinned out over time. It's a long, but relatively thin (maybe 15' by 3'), stretch of the yard that is in the shade ...
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Zoysia temperature range

I'm interested in replacing my lawn with Zoysia (Empire or Empress). But I've heard it's intolerant of low temperature. Using the USDA Hardiness scale, what is the minimum it would tolerate?
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Keeping lawn out of garden beds

I have buffalo grass for lawn and garden beds around the house. The grass wants to spread into my garden bed. I have a border of concrete curves that looks like this: But the border is fairly ...
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Lawn-mowing: when to mulch and when to bag?

I know mulching when mowing is typically a good thing for the health of the yard. If this is the case, under what circumstances should I bag the clippings?
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Will I have problems with grass in my garden if I till it under during preparation?

I am preparing a new garden at home and instead of removing the grass that was present, we only used a rototiller to pierce the soil and rip the grass apart. I have been told that we would have a big ...
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Will cutting grass help it spread?

I've planted some kikuyu grass by seed in my Arizona back yard. It's growing well in clumps and I want to encourage its horizontal growth of stolons. Would trimming the parts that are growing up speed ...
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Is painting grass green for the sake of making it green for real?

There's a joke that in the army when the grass has any color but green it is painted so that it has "the right" color. Now I open Google and search for "painting grass" and there're numerous results ...
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Identify Common Lawn Varieties

I've run into this problem and I'm sure others will too: I want to know what variety of lawn I've got. Knowing your lawn type is important for: watering, PH levels, fertiliser, etc. And if you ...
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Why are holes and divots typically filled with a sand mix?

I was taking a lunch time walk at work and noticed some council workers filling in a sizable patch (about 1m square) with soil. I've noticed this done on golf courses and also on sports grounds and I ...
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Seeding patches in the lawn

I moved into a house a month ago, and am trying to recover the lawn. There are several patches (roughly a square foot each) with no grass at all, just tough soil. There are two large maple trees, so ...
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Over 1 month, lawn hasn't come out of (what I assume is) dormancy. Is it dead?

About a month ago I asked this question about my lawn. To summarize, I just had this house built, so the grass was only put in a few months ago and the sprinklers did not turn on for 1 week last ...
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What to look for in a robotic lawnmower?

The idea of a robotic lawn mower is appealing, but it seems that most of the robotic lawn mowers currently on sale are overpromising their delivery somewhat. Amazon reviews are in many cases a mixed ...
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How do I pick the right type of grass for my lawn?

I'm trying to pick a type of grass for my backyard lawn. I've researched some on wikipedia such as: Kikuyu grass: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennisetum_clandestinum Kentucky Bluegrass: ...
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My lawn got no water for a week. Is there hope?

We turned our sprinkler system off last weekend so that we could mow the lawn in the morning without the grass being wet. Unfortunately, I forgot to turn the sprinkler system back on and the grass has ...
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Ground cover for large sloped area

I have a fairly large area, ~1000 square feet, that I would like to plant with ground cover that looks good, is low to the ground, and is zero maintenance. The area gets full sun the first half of the ...
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Do I need to/should I till up lawn before putting raised beds on top?

I have a lawn that I am considering turning into more garden space. (roughly 25' x 25') I've done raised beds on top of an existing garden in the past, but never on top of lawn/grass without ripping ...
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What would be a good “cat grass” for the central Texas heat?

So I can buy the little pots of "cat grass" or even the grow kits at my local pet store, but I thought it would be more fun to have a little patch of it growing in the yard that (hypothetically) would ...
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How to replace the grass in a yard? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can my lawn be saved or is it time to dig it up and re-sod? I have two problems that I am trying to knock out with the least amount of work possible. The first problem ...
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How can I fix a lawn which has become patchy?

My backyard lawn has always been slightly "patchy." My yard keeper attributes this to my two female dogs. I've been willing to believe him as the front yard grass has not had this problem and the ...
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Is it OK to use a trimmer when my reel mower does not work?

I recently bought a house and have this 250 sqft backyard with really tall grass (about 7 inches). I found an 18" push reel mower and an electric trimmer (weedeater) thing in the garage. The reel ...
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How can I establish Zoysia seed without tilling?

I have about 1000 sq feet full of weeds that I'd like replace with grass. I sprayed herbicide over it to kill everything before planting seed. I thought I would be able to get some equipment to the ...
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How should I dethatch zoysia without harming it?

Is there a method to dethatch zoysia best without harming the runners? I went over a small portion of my lawn yesterday with a thatch rake, and came up with a ton of thatch, but felt like I was ...
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How to replace zoysia when it's also in my neighbor's yard?

The previous owner of my house planted a zoysia lawn, which is awful as I live in a cool climate. It's brown for most of the year. After digging up the entire yard for foundation repairs I tried to ...
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Dandelions taking over the lawn

My lawn was overrun with dandelions so I've used some Ortho Weed-B-Gon Max and that seems to be killing the dandelions very well. The problem is now my lawn is very sparse with grass. There just ...
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Lawn problem - seasonal grass, thatch, or something else?

I've owned my home for about 3 years now and every winter large patches of my lawn appears to die, but in the summer it comes back to life.... which makes me believe its some sort of seasonal grass. ...
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What is the right time to water my lawn?

I finally own my home and this is my first spring. I have a decent front lawn that I want to keep as green as possible. I've always been told not to water in the day as it can burn the grass (as a ...
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How can I remove the moss growing on my lawn?

I have a lot of fairly thick, short moss growing on my lawn. The grass seems to be growing through it and looks healthy, but I still have a carpet of moss. I try raking it, but it's relentless and ...
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What is the best way to remove grass from my ground cover Sedum?

I have a bed of Improved Golden Sedum that is healthy in every way, but wants to go back to lawn. This is difficult to weed, because the grass has a very dense shallow root system, while the Sedum has ...
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When is the best time of year to plant grass seed?

So as a new homeowner I'm new to the whole lawn thing. I want to spiffy up my yard a bit planting grass seed (not sure what type yet), but I'm unsure as to when to start looking. In general, what is ...