Bahia grass

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Iceman567, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. Iceman567

    Iceman567 LawnSite Member
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    We just bought a house in North Port, FL. It's been sitting empty for six years and the lawn is a disaster. It's been mowed for the six years and that's about it.

    The grass in the small back yard is almost non-existent. Weeds, grubs and armadillos tearing up the grass. Can't do any chemicals back there as that is where our well is. Might do some hardscaping.

    Fairly decent size front yard that the grubs and armadillos have torn up also. Huge dead areas that I am assuming were killed off by the grubs. Put down some grub killer (from HD) seemed to eradicate most of the grubs but the armadillos continue to search for food, also might be some mole crickets(?).

    I've been reading many of the posts in the Florida section of this Forum. Great topics and advice.

    Open for suggestions for the spring.


    Open for suggestions.
  2. is Bahia your first choice?
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  3. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    Good question. Where bahia is an appropriate grass, it is indestructible. The fact that it is so weak suggests another grass might be more durable.
  4. Iceman567

    Iceman567 LawnSite Member
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    Not my choice, previously planted by builder six years ago.

    BTW, soil is all beach type sand.
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2014
  5. it out and go with St. Aug. the only thing good about Bahia is that it goes dormant in winter. other than that it shouldn't be planted at a residence
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  6. i would amend soil with compost.
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  7. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    Doesn't bahia need more of an acid soil to thrive? St Augustine is a better beach sand grass. It does not mind salt or alkaline soils.
  8. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
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    If you choose to rip out the Bahia lawn and replace with any species of St. Augustine make sure you have your irrigation system in place first. Otherwise your throwing good money after really bad results.
    Argentine Bahia is a good low maintenance lawn that generally only needs to be fed Twice a year March, October. Unless you are using well water for your drinking and bathing source I would not be to concerned about contamination from pesticides, especially when you already stated earlier that you used some pesticide in the front yard already. Mole crickets, sod web worms, grubs will be your biggest maintenance concern with AB. I would recommend sticking with AB
    due to the lower cost to resod and maintain over all. If you want to install an irrigation system for your AB lawn you can, however you can have a nice lawn with out one. One other very important tip. Since you live in North Port do your self a favor and make sure you check with city hall or go on line to confirm any and all permits you will need to pull either by yourself or a contractor to perform any work for you. If you make the mistake and not heed my tip, code enforcement may very well be paying you a visit and you will not like the results.
    easy-lift guy
  9. Iceman567

    Iceman567 LawnSite Member
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    Front yard is full sun most of the day. OK for St Aug?
  10. Bahia without irrigation? sure if he wants a weed farm.

    i think Bahia is great for highways and for horsefarms with multiple acres....for your standard Florida home, no thanks.
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