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St Augustine - looking for additional tips

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Hello all :) I am looking for some additional tips specifically for ST Augustine Lawns. I neglected a centipede lawn for four years and paid dearly for it this spring with large patches of fungus and grub infestation.

New St Augustine Sod - May 4th
Traditional St Augustine from Woerner Turf

Since then I have performed the following:

- Watered properly with irritation at 3am with three zones
- Threw down some Milo
- Treated for fungus with Heritage G last week - starting to get grey leaf spot
- Treated for fungus with Eagle 20ew last week
- Through down Merit for grubs yesterday
- Mowing at 4" in the back although 3 5/8th looks way better for the front.
- Applied the RGS the LCN was pimping.. along with the micro green etc..

I have area's of the lawn that look absolutely stunning but I have other's that are lagging with very little vertical growth and look extremely flat and depressed. Many of these spots were yellowing but since the heritgage/eagle combination have come back although very slowly. I get many of my tips from the LCN but I realize there is a huge difference with his sandy Florida soil an my tilled up clay/topsoil/river sand I was able to amend in April. I guess my question is what else can I be doing?

Items on my mind:
- Throwing down some corn meal? Long term all of these fungicides cannot be healthy
- Purchasing some River Sand (not silt) can I start leveling the spots that i missed? Is this healthy on new St Aug?
- Some have mentioned peat moss but in my experience our gumbo soil just turns to mush with peat..

I would really like to know what other's are doing to keep their St Augustine healthy :)

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What's up @acegator! Looking forward to see how your St. Aug deals with the fungicide apps. I've got a gray leaf spot problem too. Putting down Chlorothalonil this weekend. Is the cornmeal just an organic alternative to help with disease? Do you think that the 3am watering schedule may be the cause of the disease? That seems a little early when sunrise is around 6am.

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