Tending the Garden – March 29, 2015

It is time to “take my grass down,” which simply means cutting my grass lower than usual.

  • In my case, since I have Zoysia, I lowered the mower one notch on the wheels, cut the grass, and collected it with a grass catcher. It is amazing how much the turf, although brown, looks so clean.
  • After this, I always take my mower in for a spring tuneup and blade sharpening.
  • Once I finished taking the grass down, I looked for the few pieces of Poa annua in the turf and removed them by pulling or digging them out.
  • With the grass this low, it is a good time to spray the weeds that become visible in the next week or so with a spring herbicide containing 2-4-D (simply look at the ingredient list), and apply according to label directions. Remember, spring herbicides will not kill Poa annua, so that is why I pulled these weeds.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

5 thoughts on “Tending the Garden – March 29, 2015

    • I think the best two grasses for this area are hybrid Bermuda grass and Zoysia (Meyers or Emerald selections). If your yard is in full sun, then Bermuda will do fine, and it is cheaper than Zoysia. But if you have even light shade and/or full sun, you need to think about Zoysia. I like Emerald Zoysia; I guess because I have had it successfully for over 20 years in my yard. Remember, in our area no grass does well in deep shade except Centipede and Saint Augustine, and both suffered severe winter damage this year. That is why I would not recommend them.

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