I have tried for about 5 years to get my St. Augustine grass to grow in my backyard with little or no success. There are lots of shade trees (in central Texas), it gets plenty of water, and I fertilize regularly; but now I am considering a different approach--a different type of grass or no grass at all. The area is about 30 x 100.
Consider trying Bermuda grass. You may have better luck with that.
With the cold north Florida winter, much of my St. Augustine lawn was damaged. Now, the centipede grass seems to be recovering quicker than the St. Augustine, causing a near takeover of centipede grass. How do I get rid of the centipede without killing the entire lawn?
other then herbicides a good method to get rid of crab grass completely, is to lay out painters tarp , clear plastic roll on the most effect area for about 2 week to completely kill the the invading species, then replanting with more augustine ... crab grass is a very invasive species , and unfortunatley to completley iradicate it, requires very drastic measures.. but reseading the lawn is easy, a bucket or two of seed and a couple bales of hay and peat moss. spread seed, then hay then peet moss, water liberaly , if you live in an area that allows you to let your grass grow , allow the new seed to grow at least 6 to 8 inches before cutting,giving time to build a good root system or even to a height that it reseed,s itself for the first season thereby completley cutting out the low growing centipede grass...
I've lived in florida most of my life , born and raised. and this is how my grandpappy did it
I have St. Augustine grass and would like to know what fertilizer is best to keep it looking green. Last year I had a supply of Bandini that worked really well, but I was told by the nursery that Bandini is no longer in business. Do you know of a good substitute for Bandini? Or where I can find Bandini?
Bandidi lawn fertilizer had a NPK mix of 15-5-7. Look for fertilizers with the same NPK and it should work as well as Bandidi. All fertilizers have a NPK rating, so you can find these on all fertilizers.
Here is information on what NPK means:
My yard has St. Augustine and Bermuda grass. Which one roots the other out?
Bermuda tends to be the stronger turf plant.
Will St. Augustine grass root out other grasses and/or weeds?
Yes, it has a tendency to crowd out other weeds and grasses. Please see this article for more info:
I'm looking for St. Augustine grass seeds. I live in southern Texas, and with lack of rain, I need it to fill in. I can't find it down here. When do you seed your lawn?
Fall and spring is the best time to seed your lawn, though to be honest, with the drought that you guys are having, I would wait to reseed. The reason is that it will be very difficult for the grass to establish in such conditions. You would essentially be throwing your money on the ground as grass does best in establishing with lots of water available. That is why you wait until spring or fall. Ideal temps with higher rainfall, normally.
I know it is hard to look at a sparse lawn, but wait until the weather improves before seeding. As for purchasing, try local nurseries or even feed stores. If that does not work, there are several online suppliers that can help you.
We have just had our yard sodded in St. Augustine grass. We get sun approximately 4-5 hours per day. Do I need to fertilize, and if so, what do you recommend?
I would wait until fall or later in the spring to fertilize to let the new turf get a good hold without possibly burning the tender roots of the newly growing grass. In fall or late spring, use a fertilizer that is higher in nitrogen (the first number in the N-P-K number). This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/lawn-care/specific/st-augustine-grass/st-augustine-grass.htm