What height are you cutting St.Augustine

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by williams lcm, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. GreenT

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    Looks good Keith. Are you feeding it?

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  2. Landscape Poet

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    Interesting....I have not ran across any here yet. Fungal issues are still the main concern?
    How soft is it, just slightly softer or zoysia soft?
     
  3. Keith

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    A little bit. I gave it some Sunniland 7-0-20 in Feb and early June. 5-2-0 in April. 1/2lb N per 1k on each occasion. I have not treated any of the fungus outbreaks. I did spray the webworms with some Spinosad that I had for my roses.
     
  4. GreenT

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  5. Keith

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    My good friend had to have Empire because he hated the way that St. Augustine felt to walk on. He said the Captiva feels almost as soft, and now wishes he had gone that route. His Empire will show heat stress in two days without water when it's 92F +, no matter how long since a heavy rain. My Captiva goes 4-5 before showing any stress. And those are in small patches. I keep threatening to throw some Captiva plugs in his to see if it overruns the zoysia laugh:

    The fungus issue is minor issue, but it is there.
     
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  6. Landscape Poet

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    Where did you get your Captiva from Keith? I too enjoy the feel of Zoysia but do not want to go through the process of bobcating and smoothing my entire front lawn so that I can have it. Well that and I want to avoid the brown patch issues I am hearing about with it!!!!
     
  7. Keith

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    I got it from a place down in Apopka. A nursery. Paid out the butt for it. More than I had ever spent on sod by a long shot. But it was the only place I could find it at the time, and the quality was good. It's hard stuff to find.
     
  8. Winnipeg Lawns

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    But who bankrupted them? and btw, what about Canada? we avoided buying your junk bonds and never even had a recession... we live three years longer as well.:canadaflag: America is going to default real soon:) someone needs to take away your credit card.
     
  9. Buck_wheat

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    Hmmm... Not sure the Captiva is worth the premium.

    I've been paying about $80.00 per pallet for St. Aug. Most of my clients just want their common areas green or HO's just want a nice yard. I rarely see people outside on the lawns.

    Although the captiva looks plush, I have to admit. How much per pallet & how does it wear under foot traffic? maybe I'll re-sod my front yard (full sun 10 AM to dusk) and see how it baits prospects.
     
  10. Keith

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    I have never tried to sell anyone on it. I continue to install Floratam, Seville, and Bitter Blue. The price will come down on the Captiva as more start successfully growing it. I just wanted to try it well in advance to see what it's habits were.

    As far as foot traffic, I don't know. I can't imagine it wearing that much better than any other SA. I don't know about current farm pricing and who actually has it available right now. Kirklands is supposed to have it in the fall. But who knows. In 2009 they said availability would be widespread by 2010 and it wasn't. In 2010, they said 2011 would be better. When I purchased mine, I think only one or two farms were actually cutting it. It might just end up like FX-10.
     

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