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farrella
Raleigh, N.C.
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Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 3:58 pm   Post subject: This is a grass or weed?


I have a turf fescue lawn that has some grasses that grow almost twice as fast scattered throughout my back yard. It looks like grass but grows like a weed? Any ideas? Ill post a picture later today. Thanks.




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CritterPainter

Washington State
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Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 7:53 pm   


Can't comment much without a pic, but generally speaking lawn-wise, a grass that is more agressive is usually a weed. Have you left it long enough to see if it gets seeds or such?

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eileen


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Scotland
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Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 11:13 pm   


I hope we can help you solve your problem once you've posted your photograph Farrella. Sounds as though it may be something along the lines of rye grass.

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farrella
Raleigh, N.C.
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Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 2:53 am   Post subject: Ok, here are the pics.


Sorry the pics arent great it is hard to get a picture showing the discrepancy of height between the two grasses. I then took a pic showing the size difference between the two grasses on the counter, it has been about 5 days since I mowed my grass and the length difference between the two are surprising. Then I pulled the whole "plant" out of the ground and the soda can is there for size comparison. Thanks so much! I hope this helps, I will post the pics below.

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farrella
Raleigh, N.C.
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Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 2:55 am   Post subject: Pics



















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zuzu's petals

Coastal N.Carolina ~zone 8~
Posts: 2436
Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 1:03 pm   


That sure looks like Nutsedge to me farrella. Evil or Very Mad

Quoting from a Maryland Cooperative Extention publication
the rest of which can be seen HERE . (FYI, This is a PDF document)
Quote:
Sedge - This perennial is neither a grass nor a broadleaf weed. Distinct characteristics include a triangular stem and yellow-green color.

Control - Nutsedge is an indication of poor drainage. Hand pulling is not practical because pieces of rhizome and nutlets that are left will form new plants. Bentazon (Basagran®) is labled for control. Certain post-emergence herbicides containing MSMA (see page 6) are also labled for nutsedge.


Oh by the way, you have every right to be proud of your lawn, it looks great,
makes me want to walk barefoot through it. Very Happy

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teddybear

zone 6B, TX
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Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 3:07 pm   


Wish my lawn looked that good!

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farrella
Raleigh, N.C.
Posts: 12
Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 3:08 pm   


Thats exactly what I thought, except it doesn't have the triangular stem. And how did it start growing EVERYWHERE so fast???? I will check the stem again maybe I missed it the first time, thanks.

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zuzu's petals

Coastal N.Carolina ~zone 8~
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Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 11:23 pm   


farrella wrote:
. . . except it doesn't have the triangular stem.

I think they may be referring to the very pronounced V shape of the leaves.

Quote:
And how did it start growing EVERYWHERE so fast????


I have a theory that nefarious forces are at work,
spreading zillions of weed seeds from silent, low-flying, invisible aircraft in the dead of night.


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CritterPainter

Washington State
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Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 11:45 pm   


There goes Zuzu with the black helecopters theories again Very Happy

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zuzu's petals

Coastal N.Carolina ~zone 8~
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Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 11:57 pm   


Go ahead, laugh and scoff . . .
. . .
but I'm not taking my tinfoil hat off for nuthin',
me and Mulder, we know they're out there!!

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