Skoot-cat lawn update

Skoot-catApril 29, 2012

Hey everyone! I've been gone for awhile, just wanted to say hello and give an update on my lawn as it's been awhile since Ive updated. I forgot my password, so I had to create a new user name. Its now Skoot-cat (aka skoot_cat) just a regular - instead of an underscore. anyway lets get to it.

My front lawn took a big hit approx. 2 years ago by either grubs or Chinch bugs. (i couldn't figure out which). I lost approx half my lawn (1000sqft) and the Bermuda grass quickly filled in. I was pissed to say the least.

I kept mowing high(4+"), watering deep(3/4 - 1", 2x times a week) and fertilizing regularly. It took nearly 2 years of this practice and my lawn is once again full and beautiful. The St.Augustine has taken over most of the bermuda and there's only approx. a 3x3 area to go. I'll try to get some pic's up soon.

You'll notice I said 3/4 to 1" of water 2x a week!!!! I live in central west FL(tampa area) and I can tell you the 1" of water 1 time a week isn't cutting it in my area. The FL sun is intense and I had increase the rate to 3/4" water @ two times a week. (i know some will disagree, but Im telling you, the 1" rule in full FL sun is not enough)

Im glad to be back and hopefully some of old pro's are still out there. (Dchall San Antonio, Texas weed, an all the other's I've learned so much from.)

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

St. Augustine grass is the thirstiest of all the turfgrass species, you are right about that. Since this is the organic lawn forum, I have to ask you what you're using to fertilize this high maintenance grass?

    Bookmark   May 5, 2012 at 12:03AM
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rosesr4me(z9 FL_west)

Welcome Back skootcat. We are neighbors - I live in Tarpon. Where have you been buying your organics? I have been feeding my SA with alfalfa ellets, cracked corn, and dried molasses from tractor supply - haven't had any luck finding other bulk meals ie soybean, corn, kelp, fish, cottonseed, etc from any other feed store. Please let me know if you have found sources for these. Thanks!

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 11:27AM
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dchall_san_antonio(8 San Antonio)

Hey Scoot. Nice to see you're back. I think I still have pix of your lawn after you did the reno.

Deep and infrequent is the mantra for watering. What that means for you versus what it means for me or someone in Louisiana can all be different things. If your grass gets plenty of water and blades fold up in 3 days, then you need to water. In your case you have sandy soil and hot sun working against you.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2012 at 2:03AM
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