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Know Your Grasses

Making It Grow Minute
SC Public Radio
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The most important thing you can do to improve the quality of your turfgrass is to every year make entries to your calendar. At Clemson’s HGIC, you can find yearly maintenance calendars for both warm-season and cool-season turfgrasses we grow in South Carolina. Most important is a soil test –I know you get tired of hearing that, but different grasses want very different amounts of fertilizer. Centipede grass is often called “poor man’s grass” - I guess these days I should say “poor person’s grass” although I do think men are more likely to be turf addicts than women - as it is harmed by over-fertilization and can survive extended periods of drought and recover. Its main drawback is that it doesn’t take well to heavy foot traffic-- so not a good choice if kids play football or soccer in the front yard.

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Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.