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Carpetgrass

Mowing, Aeration & Dethatching

Description & Characteristics Fertilizing and Watering Aeration and Dethatching Seeding and Propagation
 
 
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Warm Season Grasses
 Bahia  Bermuda  Carpetgrass
 Centipede
 Zoysia
Cool Season Grasses Bluegrass  Fine Fescue  Tall Fescue

Mowing

The recommendation for carpetgrass is that it be mowed to a height of from 1 to 2. 1 is probably an ideal height, since carpetgrass is a slow grower and is considered a low maintenance lawn a taller mowing height is more desirable. Especially so since a slightly higher mowing height will help shield the turf base from sunlight and help keep the soil moist.

 

Aeration

 

It is recommended that all lawns be core aerated once a year, Carpetgrass will especially benefit from this as it will help water saturate the soil.

 

Thatch

 

General Recommendation on de-thatching - If there is more then 1/2 of thatch present (Thatch is the presence of dead leaves and stems that build up on the surface of the soil). You should power rake in the spring or fall.

Authors Note - I generally dislike thatching for the simple reason that it has a tendency to damage turf, this is especially true for grasses that spread via rhizomes. My preference is to aerate as aerating breaks up the thatch and helps it along in the decomposition process.