Posted By Tony Melton Florence County Extension Agent

   I have seen a lot of dead grass this spring.  Northerners or sophisticated southerners call it lawns but most common people in the south just call it grass.  I hate to say it but most of the problems have been people problems - causing grass problems.  These problems stem from the fact that many people try to make centipede into something it is not a dark green, lush, thick carpet - a more sophisticated grass or like my daddy would say “They try to make a silks purse out of a sow’s ear.”  For example, fertilizing in the fall will cause winter kill and is the “Grim Reaper” for a centipede lawn.            So I am repeating this earlier article to remind folks how to maintain centipede grass.
   Centipede is a low maintenance grass.  It was developed to flourish in situations where it would be ignored or left alone, except when it comes to mowing.  Many homeowners simply over-maintain centipede which leads to its demise.  I have had hundreds of phone calls where they begin by telling me how beautiful, thick, and lush their centipede lawn was for four, five, or maybe six years and now there is nothing but dirt.  Therefore many folks call centipede a poor man’s grass, a lazy man’s grass, a golfer’s grass, or my favorite a redneck grass.

   If you fertilize your grass enough to keep it darker green than your lawn mower but it stills turns bright yellow in the spring (Iron deficiency) then you might have a redneck grass.

   If your lawn is cushiony, soft, and feels like a lush carpet and then it starts to dying then you might have a redneck grass.

   If you plant bag after bag of that expensive seed and water it daily to keep those tiny plants alive but it bears quicker than your balding husband then you might have a redneck grass.

   If your irrigation water bill is higher than your child’s tuition and your lawn still gets bad grades then you might have a redneck grass.
   If your lawn prefers a good long drink once a week to a sip everyday then you might have a redneck grass.

   If your lawn prefers a shower in the wee hours of the morning before sun-up then you might have a redneck grass.

   If your kid loses his football in the tall grass of your front yard and your grass loses the game because it prefers to be cut short (1 to 1.5 inches) you might have a redneck grass.

   If your lawn prefers not to be wakened in the early morning by a lawn mower spreading disease (Large Patch) then you might have a redneck grass.

   If you love to give your lawn a crew-cut with your thousand- horsepower-zero-turn mower faster than a qualifying pole lap and your grass wins the race then you might have a redneck grass.
   If you prefer setting in your porch swing, drinking a cold ice tea, and listening to country music to irrigating or fertilizing your lawn and your grass appreciates the relaxation then you might have a redneck grass.
   Finally, if you spend more time babying your lawn than you do watching Making-it-Grow on ETV and it still dies then you might have a redneck grass.

   Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family status and is an equal opportunity employer.


 


 
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