Carpetgrass Lawns

Carpetgrass Lawn
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.

Carpetgrass lawns are  one of the less popular of the warm season grasses. It is a coarse bladed shallow rooted grass. Consequently not very attractive. Additionally,  It is susceptible to drought. Although not a popular lawn grass it does have it’s uses.

A Carpetgrass lawn has the capability to crowd out weeds and even desirable grasses. It forms a dense sod. Subsequently it is considered a good grass for erosion control. Carpetgrass prefers sunny areas, but will tolerate moderate shade. More so then similar summer grasses will. It does not require frequent or heavy fertilization. Carpetgrass will thrive on barren soils. In fact making it an ideal grass for difficult lawn areas.

A common use of carpetgrass is as a nurse crop. Carpetgrass germinates and grows very quickly. Plant it in a new lawn bed with other slower germinating grasses. It will quickly establish itself and give the slower varieties protection. Another common use for carpetgrass is for low lying areas. Low lying areas tend to remain damp.  A resistance to damp conditions is one of the traits that make it a good choice for these areas.

Characteristics:

Traffic ToleranceHigh Traffic Tolerance
TypeWarm Season Grass
AcidityPH 5.0-6.0
MaintenanceLow Maintenance, Slow Grower
FertilizerCommercially Available Lawn Fertilizers
Growth RateSlow
Light:Full Sun to Partial Shade
WateringRegular Watering, Not drought resistant
Mowing Height 1-2″
Propogation Via Sprigs Plugs or Seeds
Salt ToleranceLow
Best USDA Zones8-9
Carpetgrass
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA NRCS. Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
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