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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 11:30 pm    Post subject: what is this in my lawn Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like its a while since you last cut your grass?

Those white feathery heads are the flowers of the grass plant. normally we dont see it on lawn because we cut them with a mower before they develop. But grass in meadows, roadside verges or even grain crops have similar flowers.

So nothing to worry about - useless you have a vegetable plot or flower bed close by, because the seeds from these flowers will end up there if you don't cut the grass soon
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 11:40 pm    Post subject: hi Reply with quote

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Looks like its a while since you last cut your grass?

Those white feathery heads are the flowers of the grass plant. normally we dont see it on lawn because we cut them with a mower before they develop. But grass in meadows, roadside verges or even grain crops have similar flowers.

So nothing to worry about - useless you have a vegetable plot or flower bed close by, because the seeds from these flowers will end up there if you don't cut the grass soon


Well actually cut it only a week ago t be honest its about 2-3 inches and i dont have any veg plot near by
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi faolteam,
The flowering heads in the grass look like those of Annual Meadowgrass. This is a species that can flower when the plants are quite short and even when they are being mowed frequently.

So, if your lawn is one that is dominated by annual meadowgrass (Poa annua) it is not too surprising to see flower heads even though you mowed it recently.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:17 pm    Post subject: Thanks but Reply with quote

so should i get rid of it ???
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would hesitate to advise you to get rid of it.

First of all it would be difficult to eradicate it - the most direct way would be to dig up or kill off the existing lawn and then reseed with the species that you want (bent, fescue or whatever). However, having done that you would have a never-ending and difficult job to keep it free of meadowgrass and prevent it from reverting to what it is now.

Secondly, I believe that you can have a perfectly good lawn with meadowgrass (unless you are a "lawn purist") - with frequent cutting the "seed head problem" is a temporary one - it will appear at this time of year and then more-or-less disappear after a couple of weeks.

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