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Carpetgrass

Description

Carpetgrass is a slow-growing, medium-green (and sometimes greenish yellow), coarsely textured turfgrass that is adapted to low-maintenance, general-purpose turf. It prefers full sun to moderate shade and performs well in wet, shady, acidic soils where other grasses may not. Carpetgrass looks very similar to centipedegrass except that it produces a crabgrass-like seedhead, and centipedegrass has hairs along the edges of the leaves.

lawn Maintenance for September - November

Disease Control

Watch for Brown (Large) Patch Disease.

Fertilization

DO NOT apply nitrogen now. Have the soil tested every third year to determine nutrient and lime requirements. (Contact your Cooperative Extension center for details.)

Insect Control

Check for white grubs, mole crickets, armyworms, and sod webworms. On dry, well-drained soils, also check for nematodes. If you suspect nematode damage, ask your Cooperative Extension agent how to submit a sample for analysis.

Irrigation

Continue to water as needed to avoid wilt until your lawn begins to turn brown (the onset of dormancy). Although a dormant lawn requires less water, make sure the soil doesn't get powder dry. Sandy, well-drained soils are most susceptible to drought.

Mowing

Raise the height to 2 inches 4 weeks before the first expected hard freeze.

Presentations

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Species Data

Seedhead/Flower

raceme; 2-5 spikes in each head; spikes broad at base, and tapering to a point

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seedhead
seedhead
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seedhead2
seedhead2
Vernation type

leaves folded in the bud

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autopsy2
autopsy2
vernation
vernation
vernation
Ligule Type

short, fringe of hairs fused at the base, 0.04 inches (1 mm) wide

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Growth Season/Life Cycle

warm season turf or perennial weed

Auricle type

absent

Leaf blade tip shape

boat shaped

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leafattach
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leaftip
leaftip
Leaf blade width

0.16 - 0.31 inches (4 - 8 mm) wide

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leafattach
leafattach
Stolon Presence

present

Rhizome Presence

absent

Collar Type

continuous; not hairy or with only a few hairs

Sheath Margin

open; sheath has few long hairs on margin