St. Augustine

Results of using Tenacity herbicide on St Augustine for violets and nimblewill

From Gary P.: Last year I spoke with you during your Saturday morning Lawn & Garden Show about using a systemic herbicide, brand name Tenacity, for a grassy weed, common name nimblewill. The scary thing to me about Tenacity was...

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Life Span Of St. Augustine Lawns

Q: Recently I was told that St. Augustine lawns have a natural life span of less than fifteen years. My own experience refutes this. A: I agree with you! My own St. Augustine lawn has been here for twenty years....

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Can You Develop Cold Tolerant St. Augustine Grass?

Q: I want you to develop a really cold tolerant St. Augustine grass. We had a cold winter and only half of my ‘Palmetto’ St. Augustine grass survived.  A: My own St Augustinegrass lawn was started from sprigs that were...

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St. Augustine – Thin Spots

Q: I have a St. Augustine grass lawn but have areas that are thin. If I throw out some St. Augustine grass seed will that make it thicker? A: Sadly for your project, you can’t buy St. Augustinegrass seed. The...

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St. Augustine – Times To Plant

Q: I read where you sprigged your yard with St. Augustine grass. Is now a good time of year? A: You can sprig St. Augustine grass either by half-burying 12″ long runners in early summer or by planting rooted pieces...

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Overseeding with Fescue – Waiting For St. Augustine

Q: I am going to till my yard and sprig it with St Augustine grass. Is it OK to overseed with fescue until the St Augustine fills in? A: The two grasses will compete for a couple of years, but...

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France – Grass For Colder Weather

Q: I live in France and I like St Augustine grass but I don’t know whether Raleigh or Mercedes is more cold hardy. A: Paris is chilly in winter but I think St Augustinegrass would fare there just fine. ‘Raleigh’...

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Brown Patch – On Fescue and Other Grasses (close up pictures)

Q: In October we installed fescue sod over our entire yard. It remained absolutely beautiful until May. It seems that overnight it got big brown patches. After closer review under a magnifying glass it looks like the blades of grass...

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St Augustine – Fertilizing

Lawn fertilizer is manufactured by many companies. Each manufacturer uses a slightly different blend of plant nutrient chemicals to arrive at a final product. • Chemicals such as urea, ammonium nitrate, urea formaldehyde and ammonium phosphate provide the nutrient nitrogen...

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St. Augustine Grass – Growing

Q: I heard that you are cultivating a St. Augustine grass in your yard. I have had good success with it over the past forty years in a lawn near Stone Mountain. I have not seen any cold damage over...

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St. Augustine Grass – Dethatching

Q: When I moved into my home three years ago in Norco, California, it had a front lawn of nothing but weeds and crab grass. I planted some St. Augustine plugs I took from my dads house and it took...

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St. Augustine Grass – Planting From Sprigs

Q: I just got through reseeding my fescue lawn, again, and I’m tired of the process! What are your thoughts on St. Augustine grass? I grew-up with St. Augustine in South Texas, and love the fact that it is about...

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St. Augustine – Cold Tolerance

Q: I seem to remember you used to not recommend St. Augustine grass be grown north of Macon. Now when people call in with questions about planting it, you seem to even endorse it in sunny or semi shade areas...

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St. Augustine Grass Seed – Where to Buy

Q: Please tell me where I can buy St. Augustine grass seeds. Our lawn has some now and we like it a lot, but we’re having trouble finding seeds. A: You can’t buy St. Augustinegrass seed. The plant is very...

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St. Augustine Grass – Disease

Q: A disease got into my St. Augustinegrass lawn last fall and killed one-third of my front lawn. Will the disease come back this spring? A: Take-all patch has wreaked havoc with St. Augustinegrass lawns in Georgia. Initial symptoms are...

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Mondo Grass – Control in St. Augustine

Q: Is there a selective herbicide that will remove mondo grass from my St. Augustine lawn? A: University of Georgia weed expert Dr Mark Czarnota says he screened several herbicides and metsulfuron (Manor) works great but might need 2 or...

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St. Augustine- Planting/ Purchasing

Q: A landscape designer has suggested we use St. Augustine grass in our yard. His work will not be finished until late November. Is it too late to plant in late November? Where could I purchase St. Augustine grass seed?...

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St. Augustine- Mowing

Q: Please referee a debate between me and my husband. My husband is out mowing our St. Augustine lawn in 85 degree afternoon heat. I say it is bad for the St. Augustine grass to be cut when it’s hot....

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