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
Watch for Brown (Large) Patch Disease.
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.)
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.
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.
Raise the height to 2 inches 4 weeks before the first expected hard freeze.
raceme; 2-5 spikes in each head; spikes broad at base, and tapering to a point
leaves folded in the bud
short, fringe of hairs fused at the base, 0.04 inches (1 mm) wide
Growth Season/Life Cycle
warm season turf or perennial weed
Leaf blade tip shape
Leaf blade width
0.16 - 0.31 inches (4 - 8 mm) wide
continuous; not hairy or with only a few hairs
open; sheath has few long hairs on margin