|Positive ||alfu ||On Oct 11, 2011, alfu from Gainesville, FL wrote:
When this tough native grass first appeared in a no-longer irrigated, sunbaked southern-exposed yard, its long runners, each terminating in an obnoxious, upward and outward-reaching inflorescence, made me think it was crabgrass -- and maybe it is. But my initial fears have evolved to admiration: it chokes out weeds and responds to our hottest, driest days with a rich, soft deep green turf that develops in the middle of the ever-expanding patch. I use my slingblade rather than my human-powered reel mower for its high peripheral seed shafts, but the established middle seems quite mowable and has fewer of them.
I have usually sneered at 'lawn' as being inept at building biomass and reclaiming desert, but in light of our current drought in north central Florida, I am in awe of the transformation this grass is bringing to my 'Florida Friendly' landscape.
This may be common, rather than broadleaf, carpetgrass. (Search this site for "carpergrass" to find it)