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St. Augustine Aeration

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by RAlmaroad, Jul 10, 2007.

  1. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
    Messages: 2,253

    My own lawn in SC is being replaced pallet by pallet of St. Augustine grass. A lot of it was there originally. Since I'm relatively new to St. Augustine, a question for some of you that have this type of grass. Can you aereate it and when should it be done? The newly sodded areas do not need it but the older parts are a little thin after getting rid of the trash. Also, there is very little thatch buildup as I pick up the grass clippings.
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Not sure about St. Augustine specifically, but my understanding of "thatch" being surface roots. Thatch increases the need of aeration, in that it blocks water and fertilizer from getting into the rootzone.
    "Clippings" would be considered mulch and thereby decreasing the need of areation. Mulch soaks, holds, and percolates water and serves as a buffer for fertilizer entering the soil.
    Are these definitions matching the words in SC as they are in WI?
  3. Fairway Land & Lawn

    Fairway Land & Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    Aeration is fine for the St. Augustine. My yard is nothing but. We havent had much rain and I started noticing the stress. Untill last night the times we were getting rain it would pour for about 5 minutes. You could almost watch the water run off the yard. I aerated last week so I could water deeply. No problems now, green as can be...Some will say not to aerate in the summer, but if compaction is a issue any time is as good as any..
  4. landgator

    landgator LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    Spring is the best time May-June. Aerate, Fertilize, Water! You could even do a soil test to see if you need to add anything else to the soil. Email me if you have questions.
  5. Primetime-SRQ

    Primetime-SRQ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    I just had a Lawn/Pest control company come out to one of my sites and he mentioned that St. Aug grass shouldn't be aerated.... He did not give a definate explanation..
  6. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 878

    Aerate just before a growing season..Spring is good. understand the with St. Augustine the more holes the better like other grasses. The canopy of thatch gets so tight the roots need to breathe. the more holes the more air.
    Aeration before the best growing season will cut the runners in each hole. This will produce new growth in each hole. The cut runners send up new plants where they are cut.

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