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Identifying Clues

Identifying Weed Species

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To control weeds, you first need to identify the various types of weeds growing in your turf.  Weeds are either narrow-leaved and grass-like, or broad-leaved.  You also need to know the life cycles of these weeds so you can effectively time your control measures.  Annual weeds are the most common, living for one growing season and reproducing only from seed. Annuals are controlled by disrupting their growth any time before…

Grass is grass is grass… or is it?

Basic Distinctions

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Different species of grasses have distinctive growth habits that will affect the appearance of turf. Bunchgrasses Bunchgrasses, such as ryegrasses and most fescues, do not spread but enlarge through the growth of sideshoots or tillers.  Bunchgrasses are easy to spot if your lawn thins out because the grass looks like small clumps or islands arising from the same crown.  Bunchgrasses wear well, but do not form a solid sod.  You…