St. Augustine Maintenance: Spring 2013
Spring St. Augustine Prep
Winter is over and its getting warm. It's time to spruce up your St. Augustine lawn and get it in shape for the spring and summer months. Whether you have Palmetto, Sapphire or Captiva St. Augustine, follow these steps and your lawn will be the envy of the neighborhood in no time. To recieve future updates of maintenance videos and news, be sure to sign up for our mailing list by clicking on the image to the left and filling out your information.
Follow These Steps
Step One: First thing you want to do is to put down fertilizer. For St. Augustines, we recommend something with a 2-0-1 ratio (like a 25-0-12 or a 12-0-6). 2 parts Nitrogen, 0 parts phosphorus, and 1 part potassium. (The nitrogen will help get your grass produce more chlorophyll and in turn, grow quickly while getting its lush, green color back. The potassium helps protect against disease, increases tolerance to drought and helps the grass repair any damage it receives. Keep in mind that this is a very generic guideline. Check with your local extension agents or experts to get their specific recommendations for your soil type and climate.
A lawn your neighbors are jealous of can’t have weeds. So Step Two is ….stop any summer weeds from messing things up. The warming weather should kill off any remaining annual winter weeds. You just need to make sure the summer weeds don’t get a chance to show up. Prevent them by putting down a pre-emergent herbicide. You can even get it mixed in with some fertilizers. If you are too late and they are already germinating, you can get topical weed control to spray directly on them from your local lawn care outlet.
Step Three to having your grass ready for spring is to prevent any turf diseases. The most common for St. Augustines are Grey leaf spot and brown patch fungus. If you have had an area of your yard with fungus before, treat with a fungicide with an active ingredient to stop it before it starts.
One of the main causes of fungus is overwatering. As a rule of thumb for St. Augustines, water an Inch per week either by rainfall or by irrigation….and even less if you have a shaded area. This will also help prevent problems.
Step Four: Finally…when it comes to insects…unless you have Captiva St. Augustine, which is resistant, the dreaded chinch bug the main enemy that you need to worry about. It’s our recommendation that you don’t put any insecticide down to start spring off. Just monitor your yard every week during hot, dry weather. Threee-fourths of all chinch bug infestations occur summer through early fall. They are small…but if you look down to the soil level, you should be able to see the. If you notice them, at that time put down any product that contains bifenthrin or car-buh-reel (carbaryl) to get rid of them.
Remember, when applying anything to your lawn, the label is the law. Read the container carefully and follow proper instructions.
Follow these steps to have a lawn that will be the envy of the neighborhood this spring and summer.