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Questions About Monkey Grass

Asked by
fishing1957 on
December 31, 2015
Concord, NC

Q. Monkey grass

The monkey grass that was planted during the summer months leaves seemed to “go limp” soon after our first frost. I have recently noticed the tips of the leaves (stems) of the monkey grass are starting to turn yellow.

Is this normal or is there something we should be doing to maintain the health of the plant?
FYI, we had an extremely dry summer in our area which we watered the plants and they remained healthy. Soon after our first frost, the rains begin and our yard has not dry out before more rain came. Any ideas on what may be the cause of the limp stalks with yellow tips?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
January 1, 2016
A.

If the plant suffered damage from frost you may not have a variety that is hardy enough for your growing zone.

Mondo Grass is hardy in zones 7-11
Liriope or lily turf is hardy 5 - 9
Creeping Lily turf is hardy in zones 4 - 10

The yellowing leaves and poor growing can also be due to the heavy rain and poor drainage. Monkey Grass, no matter the variety, needs well draining soil.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/groundcover/monkey-grass/monkey-grass-a-spectacular-groundcover-for-the-lawn.htm

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Asked by
ckhuck on
April 24, 2016
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Q. monkey grass

Just moved to new house (4/24). Can I cut monkey grass back or should I leave it til next early spring? Thanks

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 24, 2016
A.

Here is a link that will help you with pruning information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/groundcover/monkey-grass/pruning-monkey-grass.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 7, 2016

Q. Can monkey grass be grown in zone 4-5

Want short variegated monkey grass for trees. Can they grow in zone 5? How far apart to plant monkey grass under trees? How far apart to plant monkey grass royal purple?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 9, 2016
A.

Monkey grass is rated for USDA plant hardiness zones 7-11, so it would not survive year-round in zones 4-5. Monkey grass in general should be planted 12-18 inches apart.

For more information on monkey grass, please visit the following page:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/groundcover/monkey-grass/

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 9, 2016

Q. Grass for Shady Area with Runoff

I have a shady side yard about 16 feet wide and 50 feet long with water run off. I had a landscaper recommend dwarf monkey grass. Won’t this grass run and take over the yard? I want to stop the water from downspouts, which will be run through a buried pipe, but I am afraid that the monkey grass will take up too much of the yard and get out of control. Any better grasses?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 11, 2016
A.

I believe the biggest issue with the Monkey Grass would be the damp ground conditions.
The wet conditions are the biggest issue for you to deal with.

Here are some links that have more information on alternative ground covers and grass that is suitable for shade area.
You may also want to contact your local County Extension Office for a list of turf and plants suitable to your region.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/shade/ground-covers-for-shade.htm

http://plantscience.psu.edu/research/centers/turf/extension/factsheets/shade

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/lawn-care/lgen/growing-grass-shade.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/lawn-care/specific/fine-fescue-grass/growing-fine-fescue.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/groundcover/monkey-grass/monkey-grass-a-spectacular-groundcover-for-the-lawn.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 16, 2016

Q. Where in Missouri can I find Monkey Grass

I would like to find someone who has Monkey grass for purchase. I need it for a border around flower beds and driveway.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 17, 2016
A.

I recommend contacting your local garden centers. They may have it available and if not, can probably special order it for you.

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Asked by
peggy46leg on
May 23, 2016
paris, texas zone 8, I think

Q. monkey grass

When the tips turn yellow, am I over watering or under watering?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 25, 2016
A.

You are likely overwatering if you are seeing yellowing of leaves.
Monkey Grass prefers well draining soil and is quite drought tolerant once established.

Here are some articles that will help you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/groundcover/monkey-grass/monkey-grass-disease-crown-rot-causes-yellow-leaves.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/groundcover/monkey-grass/monkey-grass-a-spectacular-groundcover-for-the-lawn.htm

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Asked by
wzachry on
June 22, 2016
Bartlett, TN

Q. Monkey grass not spreading

After several years, my monkey grass has not spread as hoped for. My neighbor blames the mulch I put around the plants. My wife blames the deer for eating the reproductive parts each spring. I’m wondering if I planted a clumping variety, not knowing they didn’t all spread. Any advice will be welcome. (See Photos)

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 23, 2016
A.

We did not receive any image of your plants.

You very well may have the clumping form of Monkey Grass vs a creeping variety.
Here is a link with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/groundcover/monkey-grass/monkey-grass-a-spectacular-groundcover-for-the-lawn.htm

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