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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 December - February

Irrigation

Water occasionally, especially in sandy, well-drained soils.

Mowing

Remove lawn debris (rocks, sticks, and leaves). NEVER burn off carpetgrass to remove excessive debris.

Weed Control

Unless your Cooperative Extension agent suggests otherwise, do not make a broadcast application of herbicide. Carpetgrass is sensitive to most herbicides, and most herbicides are not labeled for use on carpetgrass. Manage weeds by hand pulling and mowing.

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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

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