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
Water occasionally, especially in sandy, well-drained soils.
Remove lawn debris (rocks, sticks, and leaves). NEVER burn off carpetgrass to remove excessive debris.
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.
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