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

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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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How can I stop dead grass clippings from accumulating on top of the live grass, and clogging the mower?

So, this has been my first year with a yard that I need to tend myself, and I have dutifully mowed it every Saturday morning. The problem I'm finding is that, while I've always heard it's better to ...
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Is this “Tall Grass” dead? Should I clear it out to make room for new growth?

Not sure what this is called but for now I'm just calling it tall grass. I have a couple of things around my house. To me these grass stalks look dead from winter. Am I good clearing them off? I ...
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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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Does working leftover grass into your soil do anything?

I have a couple bags of grass shavings leftover from mowing the lawn and was wondering if I work the grass into the soil would that accomplish anything meaningful?
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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 ...
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What should I do after a tree removal and stump grinding to prepare for grass?

I recently had a large tree removed and the company also did the stump grinding. They covered the hole with the mulch from the stump. My question is what should I do next considering I am wanting to ...
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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 ...
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Why doesn't my turf grow against the exterior wall?

My grass does not grow under the eve of the roof and against the brick wall even though the area receives full sun. Instead, a broadleaf grass intruder has taken over. What is causing this to happen? ...
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Will pre-germinating grass seed produce a green lawn in less time than just seeding and watering properly?

I have heard and read quite a bit about the benefits of pre-germinating grass seed in terms of getting a lawn growing quicker than it would if you simply seeded. The procedures I've seen involve ...
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Why is the grass under a temporary skating rink green when the rest of the lawn is dormant brown?

We installed a temporary skating rink with a white poly liner early in the winter. Today we drained the water and removed the plastic to find that the grass beneath was bright green. The rest of the ...
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Should I rototill compost into existing barren soil before planting drought-hardy grass?

I've had 2" of composted manure added to my desert front yard (New Mexico, zone 7a) to serve as new topsoil after having someone with a bobcat and a dump truck to haul off the gravel and plastic ...
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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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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 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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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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How should I control the growth of my umbrella grass?

I have a few clumps of umbrella grass that are getting very overgrown. They are planted at the edge of my court yard (pictures below). I live in Houston TX. This is my first house and I inherited a ...
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Can I use weed killer to eliminate grass growing between my bulbs?

In the borders on the front of my house, I have a number of shrubs and bulbs that come up every spring. Every year, once the bulbs have died off, I dig the soil and rid it of the weeds and grass. ...
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Is this a grass or weed?

Located in north central Texas. And what kind of plant is this?
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Am I overseeding my lawn properly? Should I do something differently?

I am new to overseeding. I just spread the seed on the lawn, and am watering it. Is that okay? Should I do something differently? And:
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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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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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New backyard grass

I removed my pool and my backyard is also full of (small) weed. I was thinking or renting a rototiller, till the whole backyard. Level the whole yard (to fill up the pool hole). After I would buy nice ...
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What is the best way to remove a lot of dead cat grass leaves?

I have multiple groups of cat grass for decoration. They're about 6 months old and some of the leaves died, making it less appealing. Since there are a lot of them, what would be the best way to get ...
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Garden Grass/Lawn Mould Identification

We have a standard grass lawn and in true British style got a paddling pool out a month too early. The pool got infested with mosquito larvae so we drained it (not into the garden) and got rid of the ...
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Getting grass to grow on top of hill, shady area with possible concrete

I am a relatively new homeowner. The back of our house has a carport with a deck above it, then the back yard has about a yard of flattish ground followed by a decent slope. We noticed that the grass ...
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How much grass seed is too much?

I'm told by my seed supplier that it's impossible to to put down too much seed when overseeding an existing lawn or seeding a new lawn for the first time. Assuming the cost of seed is not an issue, ...
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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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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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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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How do I separate two lawns?

I live in the Seattle area. My neighbor has a very nice lawn -- it's unnaturally green, other-worldly thick, and chemical-dependent. I'm going to overseed my lawn with a nice mix of microclover, rye ...
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Should I periodically restart my lemon grass?

This year my lemon grass is not doing so well. I blame the weather. It's been quite variable last summer and there have been relatively big temperature swings. We're in autumn now. Next summer should ...
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Can bent grass be controlled without toxic chemicals?

Due to the large number of golf courses in our area, we have a problem with bent grass invading fescue and bluegrass lawns throughout the county. Next to crab grass, it is one of the things that ...
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How can I improve the soil in a new allotment, which is covered in wild grass?

I am in the process of getting hold of a standard style UK allotment, 10 poles or about 10x25m (2722.5 sq. ft., .052 acres) The plot will be covered mostly in wild tall grasses, and is likely to have ...
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Will grass seeding on an existing lawn help prevent/control weed grasses?

Can I use a grass seed on an existing lawn that has some crabgrass and Bermuda grass problems, to help thicken up the lawn to prevent crab/Bermuda grass from growing? I live in Sacramento, Ca.
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How much depth is needed for grass mats?

Simple question, how much (if any) soil is needed between the grass mat and the fleece barrier? I'm building an enclosure for my tortoise and I want to place grass on trays for it to roam. The trays ...
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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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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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Is this a grass or weed or what type of grass?

I'm located in southeast Pennsylvania and recently seeded around a new patio with Scott's EZ Seed. I'm getting things to grow, but I don't know if this is a weed or grass or the type of grass. I've ...
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How can I stop grass from growing in my driveway?

I have a split rock driveway and grass is growing in it. How can I kill the grass effectively so it doesn't just come back in 2 weeks?
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Identify hard brown “grass” in my yard [closed]

My dog is hesitant to walk on this crunchy, dead "grass". I didn't notice it much when the lawn was greener, but when this stuff started dying, it stays VERY rigid, and would be painful to walk on. ...
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How do I get grass to grow in what looks like pure sand?

The previous owner of my house had a 1 ft. wide strip of mulch next to the walkway. I'd like to just have grass grow up to the edge of the walkway instead. However, the ground is extremely sandy. ...
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Why is triclopyr not available in California?

I'm considering using a triclopyr based herbicide to defeat some clover in my lawn (dwarf fescue) in San Francisco, CA. For example, there is this product: ...
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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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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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Soil wetting compounds: are they effective?

Crystals, sprays, etc. Are soil wetting products effective to rejuvenate dry sections in a lawn? Any recommendations?
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How do you convert a mixed fescue field to a native warm-season grass meadow?

How do you convert a mixed fescue field to a native warm-season grass meadow? I'm actually looking for information on a few of options: Anything goes option. Minimal soil disturbance option. ...
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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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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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Will rhubarb grow well with ginger in MN?

I recently planted some rhubarb in the middle of my yard, and am considering putting ginger with it. I was wondering if: ginger would grow well mixed in with the rhubarb? will it keep the grass at ...