Carpet grass is a creeping warm season grass native to the West Indies. The spreading branches will tolerate shade in moist and poorly-drained soils. Carpet grass self propagates from seed and the running stolons. The plant will not tolerate heavy fertilization, especially fertilizers high in nitrogen. The most effective control is a properly maintained and healthy lawn or herbicidal application.
Control the spread of carpet grass by properly fertilizing the turf. Follow label directions in application rates and frequency. Carpet grass will not tolerate fertilizers with a high nitrogen level.
Irrigate the area on an infrequent schedule. Carpet grass enjoys moist soil. Infrequent watering will cause the carpet grass to become weak, while turf grass will extend its roots even deeper through irregular irrigation.
Mow the turf grass lawn to a height of 2 to 2 1/2 inches. The short height will aid in weakening the carpet grass, causing the runners to become stunted.
Apply the pre-emergent herbicide dithiopyr in either a spring or fall application. Follow label directions for application rates. Do not over-seed the area with turf grass species seed until four months have passed.
Seed the area with the type and species of grass turf predominant in the lawn. Use the directions on the label package for the amount of seed to broadcast. Irrigate and fertilize according to grass species. Keep the new grass mowed to 2 1/2 inches.
Place or plant the roses in an area that will receive at least four hours of full sun each day. A place that receives sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon is ideal.
Add a soil amendment that is appropriate for the type of soil you have according to the product instructions. If you are unsure which type of soil amendment to choose, ask an expert at your local gardening center.
Water the roses once or twice per week with a water hose. Soak the ground thoroughly in order to provide the flowers with a deep watering.
Sprinkle a slow-release fertilizer, designated for carpet roses, once per year. Apply fertilizer each spring or at the beginning of the growing season in your area.
Lightly prune the bushes, once a year, in January. Don't spend a long time pruning. Simply shape up the bushes with a pair of pruning shears. Trim any expired flowers off right below the bloom, if desired.
Shear off or cut back the carpet rose in late fall after growth has stopped or in early spring before growth resumes. Simply cut the rose back so that it is about a foot tall or cut off the top two-thirds of the plant using a hedge trimmer.
Trim off any especially vigorous or wild-looking stems as they appear throughout the growing season. Cut the vigorous shoot back to a main stem.
Trim the entire plant lightly to maintain a tidy form throughout the growing season, if desired.
Remove any dead, diseased or damaged stems as they appear.
Avoid deadheading, or removing spent flowers, from the carpet roses unless desired. These cultivars do not generally require deadheading.
Measure the distance of the area you wish to cover with the carpet trim. Cut the carpet trim at the measured distance.
Stain the carpet trim the appropriate color to match your woodwork and apply two coats of polyurethane at your desired sheen. Follow all directions on the stain and polyurethane containers.
Position the carpet trim into place. One side should cover the edge of the carpet and the other side should cover the edge of the second flooring. Center the strip, if possible, over the two flooring types.
Mark the floor below the carpet strip through its anchor holes. Use a pencil or other removable marking device.
Drill a hole at each mark with your hammer drill. The hole diameter should match that of the wooden dowels that came with the carpet strip kit. Drill each hole just as deep as the dowel.
Hammer one dowel into each drilled hole. Position the carpet trim back into place and ensure each anchoring hole is aligned over a wooden dowel.
Fasten the carpet trim to the floor with the provided nails. Drive a nail through each anchoring hole into the wooden dowel below.
Hand-pull patches of carpet grass found in your Bermuda grass lawn.
Dispose of pulled carpet grass in a plastic trash bag or compost bin.
Spread old newspaper over the carpet grass patches you wish to eliminate from your Bermuda grass lawn.
Weigh down the newspaper with heavy rocks and leave in place for a period of two weeks.
Remove the newspaper and spot-check the area to ensure no new carpet grass has grown in the affected areas. Hand-pull and dispose of any new growth, and continue to spot-check the area on a weekly basis to ensure your Bermuda grass lawn is free of carpet grass.
Prepare area to be seeded by loosening topsoil and removing weeds with a rake, while maintaining a firm seed bed.
Broadcast 2 lbs. of carpet grass seed per 1,000 square feet using a drop spreader.
Rake seeds gently to cover with approximately 1/4 inch topsoil to hold seeds in place during germination.
Water to keep soil moist until carpet grass is established. It typically takes eight to 10 weeks for carpet grass to become firmly established.
Feed with a complete fertilizer at a ratio of 1 lb. of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet once planting is complete.
Reapply fertilizer monthly until carpet grass is firmly established.
Hand-pull patches of carpet grass from your centipede lawn. Throw the grass patches into a plastic trash bag or compost bin.
Cover remaining carpet grass patches with old newspaper and weigh the newspaper down with bricks or heavy weights. Leave the newspaper in place for two weeks.
Remove the newspaper from your lawn and spot-check the area to ensure no new carpet grass has grown in the patches. Hand-pull any new carpet grass growth and dispose of it in a trash bag or compost bin.
Inspect the area on a weekly basis to make sure the carpet grass hasn't returned.