CGM is not the culprit

v1rtMay 3, 2007

Ok folks, it's just today that I paid attention to the empty area beside my property. If you saw on my other thread, I've posted a picture of what they think it's a foxtail or quackgrass. I went closely to the empty lot to look at the grass that are growing. BEHOLD! Those grass or weeds that I'm seeing are exactly the same foreign grass that's popping up in my lawn. I pulled one large grass and I will be bringing it to my local extension sometime this week or next week. Below are the pictures.

And this one is the powdery mildew I was talking about. Guess what? Even in the sunny areas where I have dense turf, I have them specifically the bottom part of each blade.

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Not quackgrass and not foxtails either.
Tall fescue? Glad you're taking for ID.

Did you apply the corn meal yet?

    Bookmark   May 3, 2007 at 11:57AM
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I'd either keep those neighboring weeds mowed down or consider applying some roundup. The seeds will blow into your yard and create constant headaches. I don't think anyone would care.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2007 at 12:06PM
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I'm thinking of putting gasoline, hahaha.

I'm sorry, since I'm new to lawn care, but what is a roundup?

    Bookmark   May 3, 2007 at 12:28PM
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deerslayer(Z5 NE IL KBG)

Below is a picture of mature Yellow Foxtail. It's easy to ID at the mature stage because it has "foxtails" (the fuzzy ends of the stalks).


    Bookmark   May 3, 2007 at 1:18PM
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deerslayer(Z5 NE IL KBG)

Roundup is a nonselective chemical herbicide. You can buy it at box stores and garden centers.

BTW, I failed to mention that Foxtail is not mature in Northern Illinois at this time of year. In other words, it doesn't have its "foxtails" yet.


    Bookmark   May 3, 2007 at 1:29PM
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Roundup is a non-selective herbicide. It breaks down pretty quickly in the soil, so its not as nasty as some others. However, it will also kill your turfgrass because it is non-selective - you have to be careful when using it.

It's post-emergent only, so you need to shoot the new weeds as the sprout.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2007 at 2:20PM
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deerslayer(Z5 NE IL KBG)

One more thing since you're new. The foxtails contain the seed. A good general rule is to destroy all aliens before they go to seed!

I also want to mention that making the connection between the large, grassy weeds bordering your yard and the young plants in your lawn exhibited logical thinking on your part. That and some basic lawn care knowledge is all you need for a fantastic lawn.


    Bookmark   May 3, 2007 at 3:06PM
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