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Description and Characteristics

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Warm Season Grasses
 Bahia  Bermuda  Carpetgrass
Cool Season Grasses Bluegrass  Fine Fescue  Tall Fescue


Carpetgrass is probably one of the lesser known of the warm season grasses. It is a coarse bladed shallow rooted grass. It is susceptible to drought. Although not one of the prettiest grasses and not a popular lawn grass it does have itís uses. It makes a good nurse crop grass for late germinating varieties such as centipede and is commonly used for low lying areas that tend to stay damp for extended periods of time.

Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA SCS. 1991. Southern wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. South National Technical Center, Fort Worth.

Carpet grass has the capability to crowd out weeds and even desirable grasses since it forms a dense sod, it is considered a good grass for erosion control. It prefers sunny areas but will tolerate moderate shade, more so then similar summer grasses will. It does not require frequent or heavy fertilization and will thrive on barren soils.




Traffic Tolerance High Traffic Tolerance
Type Warm Season Grass
Acidity PH 5.0-6.0
Maintenance Low Maintenance, Slow Grower
Fertilizer Commercially Available Lawn Fertilizers
Growth Rate Slow
Light: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Watering Regular Watering, Not drought resistant
Mowing Height 1-2"
Propogation Via SPrigs Plugs or Seeds
Salt Tolerance Low
Best USDA Zones 8-9









USDA Info on Carpetgrass

USDA Zone Map

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA NRCS. Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.