Dead St. Augustine

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by TexasFire221, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. TexasFire221

    TexasFire221 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
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    I have a customer that is having some grass issues. There is one place where the grass has been replaced 3 times and keeps dying back to dirt. The area is sprinklered so water is not an issue. Could there be a soil issue? I thought about taking a sample and sending off to be tested. Anu thoughts?
     
  2. Sounds like it to me....
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  3. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
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    Is it in a real shady spot or does it get enough light?

    I know we have been having Take All Patch since our our soil PH has been rising. Does this spot start dying in a semi irregular shape with the Stolons dying and roots a dark color and hard with maybe a few spots of green in the dead area? If this sounds like the problem then you have Take All Patch and it will kill the new sod also. Spread a thin layer of Peat Moss [it is very acidic] and water it in. This will lower the soil PH and Take All cannot survive in PH lower than 6.7.
     
  4. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
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  5. TexasFire221

    TexasFire221 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 479

    Well there really isnt anything left of the grass but I did fond one runner and did notice that it was black toward the roots. She is pretty set in her ways, she wants a layer of soil removed and new replaced with new grass. I will also give the peat moss a try.
     

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