Quickest way to green up St.Augustine?

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by williams lcm, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. williams lcm

    williams lcm LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My lawn was fertilized about 4 weeks ago. It has suffered some browning with those cold nights a few days ago. How should I go about greening it up real quick? Or should I just wait it out. Thanks
  2. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
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    IMHO time is your best friend. If you fertilized with a slow release fert it very well may still not be broken down dependent on the material the fert was made from. If you just want to do something to try to help hitting it with a micro package spray usually never hurts from what I have seen.

    Maybe some of the Fert Guys like Ric can give better info.
  3. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
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    Chelated iron is usually quick.
  4. gregory

    gregory LawnSite Bronze Member
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    when we get warmer temps it will green up quick... i wouldnt throw a bunch of stuff on the lawn to make it green...
  5. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Right on, it will take some time. Throwing fertilizer on it isn't going to speed up the process. (BTW Fertilizer is a salt that might burn the turf this time on year) As the day light hours grow longer and the ground temperature rises the Grass will green up. I have always said if you Lawn isn't super Green by Oct you are not going to get green until spring. Yes we have a year round growing season here in Florida. But it consists of a Active and Semi-Dormant growing seasons. True Professionals recognize these changes in mother nature and do PRO ACTIVE Treatments to help turf express itself to the fullest.

    I can make hungry turf, green again in the winter months. But it requires a Tank Sprayer and a LOT of minor elements and fast release Nitrogen. Problem is there is a fine line between making St Augustine Green and BURNING IT.

  6. MR-G

    MR-G LawnSite Senior Member
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    It is for this very reason we started offering "Lawn Painting" to our services last winter....it lasts about 9-12 weeks...and really looks great...we sold about 4k in 2 months last winter..
  7. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
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    I was going to suggest that also.

    As for me, we suggest proper fertilizer before the cold snaps and then wait it out till spring.
  8. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
    Messages: 2,257

    Actually dormancy whether real or cold snap induced is good for the turf; building the root system without spending energy on the leaf help the lawn propagate itself. While it is brown would be a great time to use a spring rake and remove some thatch and dead leaves embedded and fill any dips, if any, with course sand. Take a rest from worrying.
  9. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
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    Been thinking about this the last couple days as I have been driving by properties to see that indeed most of them suffered a good amount of frost damage.
    Would overseeding with Rye not only be a longer term lasting green for your clients but also be more profitable. I know the initial start up cost would be much less.
    I did not even offer rye to most lawns last year...but I am thinking it is a quick option for a quick buck right now.
  10. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
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    Not sure about Orlando, but IMHO over seeding a SA lawn with northern grasses is a bad idea down here. We have several properties where the HO's over seeded with rye. It grows at a different rate than SA. It can outgrow the SA so the lawns look shaggy, sometimes it grows so fast it goes to seed. When it's cut, seed is distributed throughout the lawn and has a tendency to come back up in cooler areas all summer long. It's a PIA, like Bermuda in SA or Zoyesa in SA.

    At best it's a temporary fix. The SA lawn will look sickly when the grass transitions back to a more robust SA in the spring, and if the SA was sickly when you started, it'll still be sickly after it transitions.

    Best to build and maintain a healthy & robust SA lawn incorporating a professional IPM program.

    Just saying. *trucewhiteflag*

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