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Dumb Customer Ruined His Yard

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by One of Three, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. One of Three

    One of Three LawnSite Member
    Posts: 40

    So I've got a really good customer of mine that we do regular lawn care for that decided that he would fertilize his St. Augustine himself...not sure why exactly. Anyways, he ended up putting the wrong fertilizer down and did this (see attached pictures) to his yard.:hammerhead: He's a really good customer, so I'd love to help him out, but I don't know how to approach repairing something like this. Any ideas or suggestions? Help please!



  2. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,707

    have a soil test done to see what you need to do to the soil, as it is probably toxic for the grass. then you are going to have to remove the dead grass and over seed, preferably using the slice seed method.
  3. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 1,010

    I'm betting he applied a "weed & feed" which contains 2-4,D.A big NO-NO on St.Augustine.It's dead.He needs to water heavily to try and keep die off to a minimum.If he wants a quick fix,you'll need to resod those sections.If he's willing to wait,a sand/black cow mix will help the St.Augustine run over the dead areas.Just mix and spread over the dead patches.
    Tell him to be sure he reads the label next time.
  4. One of Three

    One of Three LawnSite Member
    Posts: 40

    Thanks guys...that's a start. We'll see what happens.
  5. Picky1

    Picky1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 38

    Definitely needs to be saturated with water. Good luck to him.
  6. upidstay

    upidstay LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,341

    Sure it wasn't a disease or insect? A healthy shot of quick release nitrogen can stir up diseases quickly.
  7. One of Three

    One of Three LawnSite Member
    Posts: 40

    I'm quite positive it wasn't a disease or insect. We came out that next week and it looked like that. We asked him about it and he said he put some fertilizer on it, and it was the wrong kind. Hopefully saturating it with water will help.

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