Treating St. Augustine Grass in Texas

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by alegrier, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. alegrier

    alegrier LawnSite Member
    Posts: 29

    Hello All,

    I'm a licensed lawn technician in GA and I mainly do weed control and fertilization on Bermuda, Zoysia, and Fescue, (some centipede). I have
    an opportunity to grow my business in Texas (Houston) and have learned that 99.9% percent of the lawns are St. Augustine. I'm trying to put together a treatment program but I'm very unfarmilar with St. Aug and also am not sure if the treatment program needs to be structured based on the region. Can anyone tell me what broadleaf post-emergence are used for broadleaf grasses? I'm familiar with Eliminate-D. I do know that 2,4-D will kill the lawn? Other than that I'm clueless. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    AL
     
  2. rbljack

    rbljack LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
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    subscribing to follow along on this....
     
  3. georgialawn88

    georgialawn88 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,075

    if i were gonna try an figure out what would smoke or not smoke someones lawn i wouldn't just look on here. better talk to your dealer and read lots of labels. i could ask someone i don't know if its ok to spray celcius on fescue and if they say yes go spray it and I'm done. specific questions are one thing. but i would visit my dealer and spend a day reading labels. jmo
     
  4. alegrier

    alegrier LawnSite Member
    Posts: 29

    Yes, I do agree that talking with dealers and reading labels should be the determining factor. However, I've always found it helpful to also speak with others who are hands on in the business. This has always worked for me.
     
  5. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
    Posts: 2,216

    Al:
    Get to know your turf, I have some good links if you're interesed.
    You're probably talking to some of the BEST Southern Grass minds there is on here. Greendoctor is a genius, know more about grass than anyone because of so many degrees of soil and weather in Hawaii , Ric (Florida) knows a lot--been at it since the "Ice Age" but you've got to dig through that hard aZZ surface--he's really a softy underneath--Ric, "you know I respect you" and I'll help. PM me for any specifics.
    St. Augustine is a wonderful grass--just respect the growing season--lots of the correct fertilize and herbicides must be used at the right time, right combination and right applications. St. Augustine is susceptible to fungus problems so watch your pH and irrigation because almost all of the applications have to be watered into the soil. Your first applications should be your "Pre-em"
    Gallery with a little Dimension
    and is the better products because of less root pruning.
    Are you spraying or applying granular products?
    Roy
     
  6. alegrier

    alegrier LawnSite Member
    Posts: 29

    Hello Roy, thanks for your input. I will actually be applying both granular and spraying. I have a few test areas that I will be using the season to see what works.
     
  7. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Ark
    Posts: 3,505

    Some of the chems you can use are simazine, atrazine, metsulfuron, celsius. You will need to learn about brown patch and chinch bugs also.
     
  8. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
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    ....not to mention spittlebugs and grey leaf spot.
     
  9. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Ark
    Posts: 3,505

    Can you elaborate on the spittlebugs?
     
  10. CTPTURF

    CTPTURF LawnSite Member
    Posts: 80

    ....and mole crickets and sod webworms.
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