tonyastro
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St Augustine? Bermuda?

Hi,

Can someone please tell me what kind of grass this is? The bottom part of the 1st pic shows the type of grass on my lawn. It looks like St Augustine but the leaves don't look as rounded I think.The top shows a sample of a weed that's taking up 50% of my lawn. Can anyone also tell me how to get rid of this weed? The 2nd pic just shows both grass and weed together. Thanks.

Tony

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cynthia_h
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Location: El Cerrito, CA

I have deep and unyielding hatred for Bermuda grass. It was my duty, during high school, to maintain my father's Bermuda-grass lawn by cutting all the runners by hand....and, of course, in California, it's very invasive. But I successfully removed it (and it stayed gone for over 10 years) at our house in Berkeley.

This does *not* look like Bermuda grass, for a number of reasons.

I'm not familiar with St. Augustine grass.

However, I don't think that matters in this case, because I think you have what I am *now* dealing with here in El Cerrito: kikuyu grass. This monster behaves something like a cross between kudzu and Bermuda grass: it grows beneath concrete, into the dark underneath the sidewalk, from any fragment of the plant. It is classified as "noxious and invasive" in the State of California.

When you dig it up, get as much of the root as you can, and just keep after it. Soon after rain is a good time to attack it, because the roots will forsake the ground more easily.

Best wishes, and I'm sorry.

Cynthia H.
Sunset Zone 17, USDA Zone 9

tonyastro
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This southern grass is what I want on my lawn. It is extremely aggressive. It's made its way through the brick and into the flower beds. In the 1st picture the sample in the middle is the weed (nutgrass?) that I don't want.

tonyastro
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According to this app:

https://www.agry.purdue.edu/turf/tool/

my grass can only be either seashore paspalum, bermuda or carpetgrass based on the head seed.

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