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St Augustine Replacement<help>

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Mr_Marc, Sep 7, 2002.

  1. Mr_Marc

    Mr_Marc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 218

    Hello I have a question
    I have a customer that wants me to remove dead St Augustine and growing weeds and replace with same.

    Specs: Area 8x40 with active weed growth.

    ItÂ’s my first time doing this any help would be appreciated.
  2. Dan1944

    Dan1944 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 146

    There are two way's to do it,that :I know of. It depends if the customer wants instant results or is willing to be pataint.
    Instant results would require total sod removal and replacement (preferred). The other way is kill all weeds and grasses with Roundup, 2 or 3 treatments about 1-2 weeks apart, rake out what you can of dead stuff and put in about 320 grass plugs, 10 -32 plug trays, besure to use a starter fertilizer in each hole. Both ways you have to water every day until grass is established (4-6 weeks) water in early morning.

  3. Mr_Marc

    Mr_Marc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 218


    Thanks for the advice. I going to go with the total removal and resod method.

    I have used the plug method in my own lawn some time ago.<small area> good results but too much labor involved in this heat.
  4. TurfGuyTX

    TurfGuyTX LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW
    Posts: 648

    Removal would be my preferred method too. Sod cutters are well worth the cost of rental if you don't have one. Good luck.
  5. LonghornShortgrass

    LonghornShortgrass LawnSite Member
    Posts: 16

    Marc- I just did a project similar, only I removed Bermuda to lay St. Augustine. Property was 20 X 50. I just scalped the bermuda, tilled (multi-directions), and raked. Customer satisfied, property looks great!
  6. Mr_Marc

    Mr_Marc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 218

    The customer went with a lower price no problem. The company that did the install did little or no prep I know they just went over the weeds. The sod is considerably higher then the existing lawn. It seems to be rooting well nice and green but still loose.

    How long should I wait to mow the newly sod-ed areas?
  7. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,956

    4 weeks is a good time to wait before cutting. However Tell your customer you can not be responsible for scaling since this was a bad job and the turf is too high. While you are talking with the customer tell them that this summer when the Bermuda is back in full force you would be happy to redo the job the right way. Bermuda must be killed at Least 3 if not 4 times two weeks apart to kill it all.

    On the other hand Don't tell your customer anything. Let the cheap sucker find out for them self.
  8. Mr_Marc

    Mr_Marc LawnSite Member
    Posts: 218


    Thanks for the reply. I was thinking 3 to 6 weeks. I's been getting watered 2 times daily. I was on my way out of the back yard and caught a piece in the middle of the front yard and it ripped up.

    On a lighter note the house was just sold so I'm hoping to keep the new owners as customers and do some upselling.

    Thanks again.
  9. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,956

    Yep the old I don't care Do it cheap I am selling it attitude. how many times have I heard that one. No I don't walk away from them. I run.

    What I like to hear is I just bought this house and I want to make it a home.

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