Some issues six months into organic lawn care program

gatornation81September 23, 2010

I laid down a new St. Augustine lawn back in March. I have put down coffee grinds four times, soy bean meal and corn meal once each.

As you can see in the pictures Side A is doing much better than Side B. I've done the same to both and they get similar sun.

Couple variables. Both of my neighbors had cinch bugs a couple months back. I stuck to the program and didn't get anything sprayed.

Any ideas what this might be or what I can put down to fix it?

Side A before cut

http://images5a.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp63387%3Enu%3D325%3A%3E333%3E937%3EWSNRCG%3D3535397%3A3932%3Cnu0mrj

Side A after cut

http://images2c.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp538%3B4%3Enu%3D325%3A%3E333%3E937%3EWSNRCG%3D3535397%3A6632%3Cnu0mrj

Side B before cut

http://images5a.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp633%3A9%3Enu%3D325%3A%3E333%3E937%3EWSNRCG%3D3535397%3A5332%3Cnu0mrj

Side B after cut

http://images2c.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp538%3B5%3Enu%3D325%3A%3E333%3E937%3EWSNRCG%3D3535397%3A6332%3Cnu0mrj

Issue area

http://images5a.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp63392%3Enu%3D325%3A%3E333%3E937%3EWSNRCG%3D35353864%3A232%3Cnu0mrj

http://images5a.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp63397%3Enu%3D325%3A%3E333%3E937%3EWSNRCG%3D3535397%3A5%3B32%3Cnu0mrj

http://images5a.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp63398%3Enu%3D325%3A%3E333%3E937%3EWSNRCG%3D3535397%3A6432%3Cnu0mrj

One more thing. I have a ton of these in the lawn. They kind of mix in with grass but it has to be some kind of weed.

http://images5a.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp633%3A8%3Enu%3D325%3A%3E333%3E937%3EWSNRCG%3D353538649%3A32%3Cnu0mrj

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gatornation81

Not sure how to get links to work. You can click on the album below

Here is a link that might be useful: Here is link to Lawn picture album

    Bookmark   September 23, 2010 at 7:47PM
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gatornation81

Alright. Here they are so it's not a pain to open.

Side A before cut

Side A after cut

Side B before cut

Side B after cut

Issue area

One more thing. I have a ton of these in the lawn. They kind of mix in with grass but it has to be some kind of weed.>

    Bookmark   September 23, 2010 at 8:02PM
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dogwind(Z8a TX)

The unmowed photo of side A clearly looks like you have some nut sedge mixed in. I've got some of that too, but it doesn't bother me because it almost looks like St Aug. The nut sedge can easily be removed by hand, but I bet if you cut back a little on your irrigation, it will get choked out by the turf.
It looks like there is too much nut sedge to spot treat with vinegar. I've also heard molasses works, but I don't have any experience with that method.
Side B looks like you may have some fungus problems. How much are you watering? How often?
Be patient and stick with the organic program. It works better, and will cost less long run.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2010 at 11:07PM
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gatornation81

Yeah I don't mind it so much either as it mixes in. I'm water when it shows signs of needing it. That being said this summer in FL it's rained either a lot or not at all. I had some grey leaf I think when it's been too wet.

I put down some soy bean meal a couple weeks ago and I think I see a bit of it coming back but it also seems like it could be spreading slowing.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2010 at 4:14PM
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dogwind(Z8a TX)

I can sympathize with Floridians. Either too much rain or not enough. For those situatins, compost is very beneficial. The compost never stops cooking in most of Florida, so you should be able to crank it out quickly. Also, the cattle feed prices are probably more expensive there, but that's just a guess on my part.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2010 at 11:17PM
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gatornation81

It's been horrible this summer with two weeks of no rain and then two weeks of all rain.

I've seen a lot of lawn care companies throwing sand down in bare spots. I tried this and it seemed to not work that well based on results. I threw sand down in a lot of the area that is a bit brown.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2010 at 11:53AM
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gatornation81

No one knows :(

    Bookmark   October 7, 2010 at 5:35PM
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