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So I fed/weeded/fertilized the yard with Scott's something or other about a month ago. I was hoping the St. Augie would take over, but whatever else the rest of the yard was (I thought it was weeds) is taking over. I kid you not, it now resembles the chia pet with the long, thin , wiry hair. What could this be? I am stumped. Is it. Bermuda? How the heck do I get rid of it? There's some perfectly good St. Augie under there just waiting for some encouragement! What to DO?? I don't like the way it looks!

May 7, 2012 - 08:49 pm
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The guy at lowes said if you keep your mower at the highest level that the st augestine will choke out all the weeds. We have the same problem, he said its because of the drought, there is alot of weeds.

May 7, 2012 - 09:12 pm
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a chia pet...?   Are you positive?

May 8, 2012 - 12:14 am
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We do the same as far as mowing high. I have lots of clover in my backyard but by June it's all dead from the heat and the grass fills in nicely.

May 8, 2012 - 12:31 am
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Could it be winter grass?  Rye grass will grow thin and tall like chia pet hair.   If it is that it will stop growing so much as the weather gets hotter. 

May 8, 2012 - 02:33 am
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At least it is green.....

May 8, 2012 - 08:05 am
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Could it be winter grass?  Rye grass will grow thin and tall like chia pet hair.   If it is that it will stop growing so much as the weather gets hotter. 


@Zephard:


that's what i was thinking. we threw out a bunch of rye a while back just to get some grass growing. that stuff grows like crazy!


May 8, 2012 - 08:37 am
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that's what i was thinking. we threw out a bunch of rye a while back just to get some grass growing. that stuff grows like crazy!


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But dies in the heat right?

May 8, 2012 - 09:08 am
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i don't know for sure if the heat will kill it...but the st. augestine should suffocate it eventually.

May 8, 2012 - 09:19 am
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that's what i was thinking. we threw out a bunch of rye a while back just to get some grass growing. that stuff grows like crazy!


@taramay:

But dies in the heat right?


@FoFa:

We have not been watering and ours has stopped growing so high in between cuttings.  If you are watering back off on that and it will stop growing with less water and the summer sun. 

May 8, 2012 - 02:33 pm
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I think it is rye, by looking at pictures on the web.  I had leased my house out for 2 years, and just moved back Aug. 2011, so I guess the renters decided to plant rye!  Yikes...it is taking over!  I read on a website that if you quit watering for 2 weeks, it will dry up.  Of course now, we will probably start having monsoons...  I will remember to keep it cut high, and hopefully all of this will help.  I really don't like the looks of it.
 
Thank you all!


May 8, 2012 - 04:26 pm
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Wait till it rains, then till it up!

May 9, 2012 - 06:59 am
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Its good in spots were ST aug. has died.  Its used to help prevent soil erosion.  Bermuda and winter rye.

May 9, 2012 - 08:18 am
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