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Florida Gardener
07-13-2010, 09:34 AM
This is my nicest account. Fertilized 4x/year, treated by a spray company. The pic isn't the best, but this turf is gorgeous if you were to see it in person. I didn't even drop my deck when I cut. I guess it was cut at 4.5" on my Toro 48" Z Master.http://i28.tinypic.com/141t6v.jpg

tallrick
07-13-2010, 12:49 PM
You cannot expect much from St Augustine grass anyway. It is coarse, uneven and ugly no matter how much care it gets. At least it grows fast and survives with minimal care. Only bahiagrass is worse. Bermuda and zoysia are my favorites.

unkownfl
07-13-2010, 12:51 PM
Stop taken pictures of the neighbors lawn...

Florida Gardener
07-13-2010, 04:03 PM
tallrick, what are you smoking? St. Aug that is virtually weed free and fertilized and irrigated looks awesome.

fl-landscapes
07-13-2010, 05:18 PM
tallrick, what are you smoking? St. Aug that is virtually weed free and fertilized and irrigated looks awesome.

It does look nice when it is kept properly, but is impractical for anyone who wants to use their yard for anything as it takes wear tolerance and foot traffic very poorly. I like finer grasses like the cool season grasses and bermuda for warm season. Your toro z should have a max setting of 4.75 and if you dont drop it at all it should be about 5". i always cut mine at the top setting of 4.75 Thats a nicely kept very neat yard, good job.

Florida Gardener
07-13-2010, 06:04 PM
^not sure if it's 5 or not. The last # reading is 4.25. There is one setting above that and then it's leaving the deck all the way up....doesn't really matter though.

Thanks for the compliment btw.

South Florida Lawns
07-13-2010, 08:14 PM
Diamond thats a great looking lawn you got there. I agree with you on st. Augustine and the way it looks when in its prime. I have a few nice residentials that look like your pics, that turn out great after each cut.

Ill get a pic or two up tomorrow when I service them.

South Florida Lawns
07-13-2010, 08:17 PM
Oh and trim those palms, I should only see 3 fronds per palm:rolleyes: hahaha

Florida Gardener
07-13-2010, 08:52 PM
Thanks SFL! Yea, I got some more nice resi's that i do tomorrow that look gorgeous right now. I'm going to take pics of those tomorrow as well. I mean, they are just phenomenal right now.

On the palms, I'm getting ready to prune them and leave only 1 frond. I have to do what everyone else is doing lol.

a clear difference lawn
07-13-2010, 10:52 PM
Very nice!! When St Augustine is treated and irrigated it can look almost perfect at the higher cut heights . Out of 75 lawns I only have 4 that are dense enough to cut at 4.5 the rest i cut at 4 or 3.5. I like the way the edges form a border of their own almost "holding" the mulch in place. Great looking work!!

Florida Gardener
07-13-2010, 10:59 PM
Thanks brother! I will take more pics of this account. It is by far my best. I have been cutting all my St. Aug lawns at at least 4.25. The ones that are healthiest and thick I have been cutting at 4.5.

St. Augustine is very simple to care for. The reason you see crappy looking one's is poor maintenance practices by the homeowner or LCO. Weed infestations are solely the fault of an LCO. If you cut it high, weeds such as crabgrass and spreading broadleafs will be non-existent. I will take more pics tomorrow as I have more nice lawns I do.

Florida Gardener
07-13-2010, 11:13 PM
here's another pic
http://i32.tinypic.com/sg0tiv.jpg

tallrick
07-14-2010, 05:42 PM
tallrick, what are you smoking? St. Aug that is virtually weed free and fertilized and irrigated looks awesome.

Compare to zoysia or bermuda and it's like comparing a toyota to a fine classic car. Many people love st augustine but I dislike it. Unless you cut it with a sharp blade it looks horrible, and it has that odd green color. It's easy to ruin with too much use as well. Why is it not used on golf courses or athletic fields? Even centipede is better than st augustine. .

Florida Gardener
07-14-2010, 06:48 PM
I think any type of turf that is properly maintained looks great. Even weedless Bahia that is cut at 3-3.5" looks good. Problem is, most of these turfs are improperly maintained.

Florida Gardener
07-15-2010, 12:31 AM
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knox gsl
07-16-2010, 09:18 PM
I love the St. Augustine, had it around the house I grew up in, and where can you ever find a lawn of weedless Bahia. I've always considered Bahia to be something people settled for when they really didn't care as long as it was green.

Florida Gardener
07-17-2010, 05:54 AM
There's a member on here who had some nice looking Bahia that looked weed free. As you said though, most that have it have a weed pit. Aside from it's quick growth in the summer and it being a little bit of a pain to cut, it is a nice grass if it is taken care of, just like anything else.

tallrick
07-22-2010, 05:42 PM
Bahia grass is something you plant on a roadside or pasture, nothing else. Even crabgrass is a step up from bahia.

SNAPPER MAN
07-22-2010, 05:55 PM
That st. Augustine looks great. In my opinion there is nothing nicer than a lush, weed free st. Augustine lawn.
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Florida Gardener
07-22-2010, 09:23 PM
rick

i disagree. Crabgrass is the ugliest weed on the face of the earth. There is a member on here who has a nice Bahia lawn. In my opinion, it looks nice.

Snapper, thanks! I agree 100%

Penscape Landscaping
07-22-2010, 09:37 PM
Hey now I have some crabgrass that is looking good! LOL Nah its terrible in NC this year!