Virginia Green Blog

Lawn Weed: Bermudagrass or Wire Grass: Cynodon dactylonname

Weed Description:  A perennial grass that has both rhizomes and stolons and is capable of forming a turf or mat of fine leaves. Several varieties of bermudagrass are cultivated for use as lawn and pasture grasses, however this weed has developed into a very troublesome and hard-to-control weed in agronomic crops, landscapes, nurseries, and turfgrass. Bermudagrass […]

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Lawn Weeds: Dallisgrass & Broomsedge

Dallisgrass Dallisgrass is a warm-season, perennial clumping grass in the Paspalum family.  Well adapted to a variety of soils, it can be a major weed of turfgrass, often resembling crabgrass.  Crabgrass is an annual plant controlled with pre-emergent herbicides while Dallisgrass is a perennial for which there is no selective control. Dallisgrass is primarily a […]

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Caper Spurge or Mole Plant: Euphorbia lathyris

Weed Description:  Caper Spurge is an annual with opposite, lanceolate leaves that is often grown as an ornamental. All parts of these plants emit a milky sap when broken. It occasionally occurs as a weed of landscapes, roadsides, and pastures, but is not very common. It’s found throughout Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, and West Virginia. […]

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Weed: Sericea Lespedeza: Lespedeza cuneata

Weed Description:  A perennial with erect stems that may reach 5 feet in height. Sericea lespedeza is often a weed of pastures, hay fields, roadsides, and abandoned fields. It is found throughout the southeastern United States. Leaves:  Leaves are arranged alternately along the stem and are divided into 3 smaller leaflets. Individual leaflets range from 1/2 to […]

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Weed: Purple Nutsedge: Cyperus rotundus

Weed Description:  A perennial from rhizomes and tubers that may reach 2 1/2 feet in height. The stems are 3-sided and triangular in cross section and the leaves are yellow to green in color with a distinct ridge. Found throughout the southeastern United States as a common weed of agronomic and horticultural crops, nurseries, turfgrass, and […]

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Virginia Buttonweed

Virginia Buttonweed (Diodia virginiana) is a broadleaf weed that is often found growing in mats. It is highly prevalent in the warmer months of June through November. Buttonweed often grows in dry, semi-shaded areas and it can normally be found along the edges or forests, pastures, and turf. You will often see it in many […]

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Lawn Diseases: Pythium Blight

Forecasted weather patterns will be favorable for Pythium blight to start showing up on cool-season turfgrasses. With afternoon showers and nighttime temperatures over 70, conditions will be ideal for this disease to do some damage, particularly in tall fescue. Preventative measures should be taken now before the average daily temperature gets too high for cool-season […]

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Lawn Diseases: Pythium Root Rot

The recent wet weather during the past couple of weeks followed by “August” in June weather has led to Pythium root rot from the Piedmont to the Coast on creeping bentgrass putting greens. This is not to be confused with Pythium root dysfunction (Pythium volutum). Pythium root rot has been the most diagnosed disease in […]

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Lawn Pests: Hunting Billbugs

Hunting billbugs are active in North Carolina and have begun feeding and laying eggs. Egg laying typically occurs from May – September and larvae hatch in 3-10 days. We would expect billbug larvae to be present in mid-June through July. In North Carolina billbugs typically feed on bermudagrass, zoysiagrass, and seashore paspalum. Damage caused by […]

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Weed: Common Weed Lespedeza or Japanese Clover: Lespedeza striata

Weed Description: Prostrate, freely-branched summer annual with inconspicuous purplish flowers forming mats 15 to 18 inches in diameter. Found throughout the southeast. Roots: Taproot Leaves:Consist of 3 oblong leaflets (trifoliolate), 1/2 to 3/4 inch long and 1/3 to 1/2 as wide, obtuse at apex, narrowed at the base. Leaflets without hairs except for appressed hairs […]

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