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New St. Augustine Sod

Posted by brizzyintx TX (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 11, 07 at 15:46

I'm new to the forum here, so I apologize if this question has been specifically asked. I have read through countless threads, but have seen nothing that exactly answers my question. I have also read and reread the Organic FAQs.

I just resodded with St. Augustine Palmetto. I did everything "by the book." I tilled, brought in a topsoil/compost mix, watered religiously. The grass is doing well - roots appear well-established, greening up, growing, etc...

I see nothing but benefits to the organic approach, and want to take care of my new lawn accordingly. It's been three weeks since the sod was laid. What is the first thing I should do to a new lawn? I understand the basics of maintaining an established lawn, but what should I do in my case?

I'm sorry to report, however, that I used a chemical starter fertilizer prior to laying the sod.

I'm in the DFW area. My yard gets a lot of early morning and late afternoon/evening sun.

Thanks for the help in advance. And thanks for a great forum. I've already learned a ton reading everyone's postiong.

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RE: New St. Augustine Sod

You could do 50/50 of soybean meal and alfalfa pellets (not meal) at the rate of 30lbs per 1000 sqft to feed the microherd in the soil. You will have to spread each separately with rotary spreader. Use the highest setting for alfalfa pellets and probably halfway between highest and lowest for soybean meal.

Do you have ortho-dial? You could get unsulfured blackstrap molasses and APPLE VINEGAR (not the fake one). again 50/50 at the rate of 4oz per 1000 sqft after you've spread soybean meal and alfalfa pellets.

Mow at the highest setting. Water deeply whenever large area are wilting. Try to go as long as you can between watering.

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