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need help with dead patches in St. Augustine

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by j9sheldon, Jun 29, 2002.

  1. j9sheldon

    j9sheldon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    I started a part-time lawn business and have a problem with a clients lawn. It has patches of dead grass in them and I am trying to figureout whats wrong. The patches are not in any uniform shape but are congregated on the edges of the lawn(near the curb and rt edge). It actually slopes to these areas(about a 5-10% grade). There is a sprinkler system that he is not using b.c it doesn't work. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  2. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,491

    St Augustine grass neeeds plenty of water to stay healthy. What may have happened is that the heat from the concrete in the curbing is literally baking the life out of the grass. Simple way to tell if St Augustine needs water is to pull a couple blades and if they are folded up (like your hands are when praying) then it needs water now. I tell my cutomers that the lawn is praying for rain. You may also have a chinch bug problem.

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