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