How to Take Care of Carpet Grass

By Renee Vians

Carpet grass serves as a cover crop and temporary grass. Carpet grass works well in wet, shady areas where more common turf species prove difficult to grow. Carpet grass rarely functions as a lawn turf because it develops coarse, light-green leaf blades and seed heads that resemble crabgrass. If maintained well, carpet grass forms a dense turf that withstands foot traffic. (see References 1, page 1)

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Carpet grass develops coarse blades.

Step 1

Plant carpet grass from April to July. Carpet grass prefers slightly acidic soils with a 5.0 to 5.5 pH level.

Step 2

Broadcast 5 to 10 lbs. of carpet grass seed per 1,000 square feet. Plant sprigs 6 to 12 inches apart in rows spaced 12 inches apart.

Step 3

Apply 1/2 pound nitrogen fertilizer per 1,000 square feet in June. Make a supplemental feeding in August, if necessary. Use a slow-release formula to avoid disease growth.

Step 4

Use a rotary mower to cut the grass at the recommended height of 1 to 2 inches. Do not let the grass grow taller than 2¼ inches because it will produce seed heads.

Step 5

Provide carpet grass with 1 inch of water weekly during the growing season. Grass growing in sandy soils may require up 1/2 inch every three to four days. Water as needed to avoid wilt and browning in early fall, or before the onset of dormancy.

Step 6

Mow or manually pull weeds in carpet grass.