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Old 04-26-2019, 10:27 AM
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Wow, what great responses and clear advice. My lawn is fairly small and am thinking of just mowing myself. I plan to start pulling it up little by little AND killing it with the weed killers in your responses.

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Old 04-26-2019, 01:44 PM
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I'm not understanding the problem. Most lawns in the Villages are St. Augustine, Bermuda Grass, or Zoysia. None of those are actual grasses and in the north, they're all considered invasive weeds. So you now have another invasive green grassy-looking mowable thing growing in your lawn. Why not just mow it along with the rest of the lawn? It doesn't look any worse to me than the growing astro-turf you folks call Zoysia. At least torpedo grass adds a touch of interesting texture and the pale underside of the leaves gives the lawn a shimmery look in the right light.
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Old 04-26-2019, 06:35 PM
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I'm not understanding the problem. Most lawns in the Villages are St. Augustine, Bermuda Grass, or Zoysia. None of those are actual grasses and in the north, they're all considered invasive weeds. So you now have another invasive green grassy-looking mowable thing growing in your lawn. Why not just mow it along with the rest of the lawn? It doesn't look any worse to me than the growing astro-turf you folks call Zoysia. At least torpedo grass adds a touch of interesting texture and the pale underside of the leaves gives the lawn a shimmery look in the right light.
Lawns in the south are different than up in the northern part of the country and maybe, just maybe, the next door neighbor prefers the lawn type that came with his/her home and not torpedo grass that will work its way to another yard. 32 years in CA...we had Blue Grass and Bermuda...13 years
here, St. Augustine’s and Zoysia,,,conditions are better for them than other “grasses.”
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Old 04-26-2019, 06:49 PM
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I'm not understanding the problem. Most lawns in the Villages are St. Augustine, Bermuda Grass, or Zoysia. None of those are actual grasses and in the north, they're all considered invasive weeds. So you now have another invasive green grassy-looking mowable thing growing in your lawn. Why not just mow it along with the rest of the lawn? It doesn't look any worse to me than the growing astro-turf you folks call Zoysia. At least torpedo grass adds a touch of interesting texture and the pale underside of the leaves gives the lawn a shimmery look in the right light.
The grasses in use in the South are chosen because they will thrive in the prolonged heat we have. Cool season grasses like bluegrass or bentgrass can be grown here but will require tremendous amounts of water to survive. Not good for the environment or finances. The zoysia you have such disdain for is a good balance between the bermuda grass which is cut low, and St. Augustine with its large blades. And as another poster mentioned, torpedo grass will invade neighboring lawns which may create tension with residents on both sides.
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Old 04-26-2019, 07:20 PM
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I understand that, I'm saying why fight it? Why not embrace it, and encourage everyone to have torpedo grass? It's green, it can be mowed, it serves as ground cover, and it's apparently free, since it's brought in by the birds, other animals, mower blades from landscapers, and even the wind itself. What is it about torpedo grass that offends people who choose crab grass (bermuda grass) to cover their lawns? Especially since torpedo grass obviously needs little to no maintenance. We have weeds like that on lawns around here, and they mostly just fill out spots that have been damaged by ants or moles or burrowing rabbits or nut-hiding squirrels. They get mowed along with the rest of the lawn, and no one even notices there's any difference from one spot to the next.
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Old 04-26-2019, 08:12 PM
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I looked up what this torpedo grass looks like. Honestly, I didn’t recognize any of the grasses in TV. When I walked through them to see the back of homes it really felt like I was walking on hay. The grass pricked me through my open sandals. It would seem like a weed grass would be easy to maintain. There must be a reason why people don’t like it.
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Old 04-26-2019, 09:46 PM
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I looked up what this torpedo grass looks like. Honestly, I didn’t recognize any of the grasses in TV. When I walked through them to see the back of homes it really felt like I was walking on hay. The grass pricked me through my open sandals. It would seem like a weed grass would be easy to maintain. There must be a reason why people don’t like it.
Bermuda grass is also a weed, in the north. But it looks a LOT different from rye and blue fescue. Looks different, feels different, it's a very significantly visible difference. In the south, rye and blue fescue can't grow the same way, can't survive well at all.

So I do get that what's a weed to me, is viable ground cover to Floridians. I totally get that. But that is WHY I'm confused about their disdain for torpedo grass.
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Old 04-30-2019, 04:43 PM
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Fertilize and mow it. it's green and easy to grow.
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Old 05-01-2019, 06:26 AM
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I too have had success with Quinkill, but as Dave mentioned you need to be diligent. Mine started from my neighbors lawn and it moved quickly. I now spray both mine and his to keep it in check.
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Old 05-16-2019, 07:31 AM
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I understand that, I'm saying why fight it? Why not embrace it, and encourage everyone to have torpedo grass? It's green, it can be mowed, it serves as ground cover, and it's apparently free, since it's brought in by the birds, other animals, mower blades from landscapers, and even the wind itself. What is it about torpedo grass that offends people who choose crab grass (bermuda grass) to cover their lawns? Especially since torpedo grass obviously needs little to no maintenance. We have weeds like that on lawns around here, and they mostly just fill out spots that have been damaged by ants or moles or burrowing rabbits or nut-hiding squirrels. They get mowed along with the rest of the lawn, and no one even notices there's any difference from one spot to the next.



Our neighbor has a ton of it.........it looks like a yard full of weeds. There are high spots and low spots. Not finding any other neighbors who are embracing the look.
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