Can you stripe St Augustine

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Precision, Aug 15, 2004.

  1. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
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    I see all these guys working magic on fescue and other grasses, but I never see an example on St Augustine.

    I assume bahia is just not going to do it. I have enough trouble just getting all those seed heads cut down.
  2. KCON1

    KCON1 LawnSite Member
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    you can stripe St. Augustine , Centipede and Zoysia just like fescue. the stripes just won't be apparent for as long as with fescue.
  3. SouthernFried

    SouthernFried LawnSite Senior Member
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    Rigid summertime grasses like St Augustine just don't stripe very well.

    I been trying to get good stripes for awhile now...and the only yard I can get them, even a little, is an extremly thick, well watered, well fertilized yard... that grows like a banshee. The grass is very supple, healthy and flexible...not so rigid.

    Basically, just work on a nice "carpet" effect and forget about stripes. It's a beautiful grass, if maintained just ain't a good striping one. You can get some striping effect...but, it's just not that noticeable to most customers.
  4. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I've only seen one property striped locally... It's done by another LCO and I haven't been able to see what kind of striping kit he's using... He uses a Land pride 60"er'.... I haven't been able to stripe yet with my Surfer...It would deffinately need a kit to do so.
  5. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Of course, then again, I agree with SF... My St. Augustine lawns look just fine without stripes...
  6. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
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    Thanks guys. I was kinda figuring that it didn't work so well cause I never hear any bragging about it.

    I also agree that mine looks nice with out the stripes, but would have been cool to do.

    Thanks again.
  7. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think it would just be more added work. Glad it wont stripe.
  8. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yes, you can stripe St Augustine turf.
    I get approximately 5 days of noticable patterns then it fades with the growth.
    The striping becomes more noticable with double cutting.
    I do not use a striping kit, just doubles which are sharp with side discharge.

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