I have a kidney weed ground cover instead of lawn. Unfortunately, I put too much fertilizer on it and it burnt. How can I revitalize it or do I need to dig it out?
I would give it a good watering to help flush out the fertilizer. In theory, it should come back. It is a pretty hardy plant that is difficult to completely kill. But your yard may look pretty sparse for awhile and I am not sure how long you want it to look like that.
They grow very slowly. What can I do to get them grow faster?
Given that dichondra prefers loose, clod-free and well-drained soil, I would work on improving the soil. I have linked you to several articles that will help you below:
I would also ensure that you are meeting the plan of care (watering, fertilizing, etc.) that is outlined for dichondra at:
How to improve clay soil:
Improving compacted soil:
For more information on the care of dichondra, please visit the following link:
What is this plant that is taking over my lawn very quickly and does anybody know how I get rid of it? It looks like something you would expect to see on the top of a pond? Thanks
Sounds like Dichondra. Here is a link that will give you info on how to get rid of it;
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It's been growing quite well but has patches that are quite yellow and one or two areas that are looking brown and seem to be dying ,what is the best thing to do please?
These areas could be infested with pests, such as moles or other underground rodents. You can take samples of soil to your local extension to find out if you have any deficiencies, or if your pH is out of balance in your soil.
Here are a couple of links that will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search/
My dichondra is a few months old and has grown to about 1 metre. It was looking beautiful we went away for 2 days. I came home and it has browned off on the top. Is there something I can do to save it?
Could you upload a photo so that I can better see what is going on? This could be many things. Can you tell me a little more about the environment around it?
When does dichondra go to seed? I've heard it's twice a year, can you confirm that, and tell me when the plant produces its seeds? Thank you in advance for your answer.
My research isn't clear on this, though it seems to be reported it would be only once a season.
If grown as a lawn alternative: One of Dichondra's many attractions is that it requires LESS frequent mowing than lawn grasses. It will look neater, however, if mowed at least every two weeks and this will also help to control weeds. Set your mower to a height of 1.5 to 2.0 inches during summer months. Close cutting (3/4 inch) when temperatures are cool encourages dense small leaved turf. Don't' remove too much growth at any one cutting or when you wait too long to mow.
Do I rake or blow off my tree leaves or shall I leave them on my new Dicondra for insulation?
A heavy leaf litter mulch will impair sunlight that is needed for the new growth. Raking may loosen and disturb the minimal rooting of the young dichondra, so I would recommend a blower to remove the leaf litter. But direct the force of the blower air across the surface to lift and blow the leaves away, and not down into the surface too hard where you may blow soil and dislodge weakly rooted plants.