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My St. Augustine grass needs help

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by joshehansen, Jul 15, 2012.

  1. joshehansen

    joshehansen LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    Just moved into a house whose previous owners apparently turned off the lawn irrigation system a month or two ago - which is a problem, as we are in central Texas (Fort Hood). My St. Augustine grass looks salvageable in about 90% of the lawn, but there are significant brown or mostly brown patches (primarily in the high-sun areas). How best to start rehabilitating it? I'm currently watering twice a week for 30 minutes.




  2. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    Get a rake and clean up some of the dead stuff, water and fertilizer but only light apps of N. Bad time to apply N to ST A.
  3. My vote, re-sod those areas. Weeds will fill those spots way faster than the st aug. once crabgrass, dallisgrass, goosegrass, and/or Bermuda join the party, it will be a bigger problem.
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  4. Burnie

    Burnie LawnSite Member
    Posts: 82

    I agree with the re-sod, if it is bigger than a dinner plate area, I would re-sod. JMHO
  5. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,637

    I am for sod also given the size, but you could also do plugs most likely cheaper, rake out the old stuff first, place topsoil/compost/sand around to give the stolens a place to reach over and spread with ease. Have you check irrigation to ensure you are getting good coverage in those areas?
  6. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,440

    Make big plugs by chopping sod pieces into sixths or eighths. Topdress with compost. A good dose of potash and water, water, water. Worry about the weeds later.
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