Turf Recommendation

Asked May 5, 2013, 11:10 AM EDT

What kind of turf grass would you recommend? We have been overrun with lesser celandine, and now know to treat it with Milestone in the early Spring (before it flowers). In the interim, we would like to try tilling our yard and either seeding or laying sod, with the hope that whatever celandine comes up next year will be less and thus more easily managed/removed. We live at a high point in Mt. Washington (no flood zone or damp ground), and would like to know what grass would grow quickest and best for our specific area. Our front yard faces East so gets morning sun; we have partial/interval shade in most places. It needs to be kid-tolerant (!), and I'd prefer one that does not go dormant in winter but will go with whatever you most highly recommend.


Baltimore Maryland lawns and turf lawn renovation recommended turfgrass species

1 Response

The recommended grass species for Maryland is turf type tall fescue. You can also find fescue sod. At this late date, starting a lawn from seed is problematic and you should consider laying sod. The best time for seeding is late summer into early fall. The next best time is March-April. Please see our publication on lawn renovation, http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG102%20Lawn%20Estab...

Lesser celandine is very difficult weed to control. Just one word of caution about using Milestone. It contains the active ingredient aminopyralid which has been linked to contaminated compost. So never compost any grass clippings from this area, http://extension.umd.edu/learn/gardener-alert-beware-herbicide-contaminated-compost-and-manure