We live in So Cal and the wife insists on St Augistine grass. It is
spottily established in the yard, but how do I get it to spread? I am
not a native so cal'er and know very little about St. A.
She says water the hell outta it...that doesnt do wuch except raise
the water bill. Cant use weed and feed as it kills it..St. A is a weed
(IMOH). Anything I can reseed with that looks like St. A as St A seeds
are not available in the US? Ya know, try to fool her with a look
alike? Thanks for any help and advise.....Midnite
St Augustine grass is a warm weather turf. It grows best in the hot humid
SE United States; however it should also grow in SoCal. I had an Augustine
lawn in my backyard as a youngster in Covina CA. My lawn in Mississippi
grew nearly 5 inches per week in the summer. You are correct in that it is
a water hog. Mow it long around 4 inches or so. Many lawn weed products
will kill or weaken it. You can fertilize with Bonus S or Sams Weed N Feed
for SOUTHERN lawns both of which are formulated for St Augustine. The lawn
will go dormant and turn brown in winter when temps drop. Seed is not
generally available so don't even think about over seeding. Sod and plugs
are widely found in the south. I would invest in a plugging tool so you can
cut your own 2x2 inche plugs from thick areas and plant them at one foot
intervals. It also doesn't tolerate a lot of foot traffic until
established. Hope this helps. Bubba
St. Augustine grass will build up a thatch layer, that will act like a
sponge, absorbing much of the water applied so that little will actually
get to the roots. It requires regular dethatching to remain healthy. St. A
requires a bit of maintenance to keep it in good shape. Might not be a bad
idea to get yourself one of those ORTHO books about lawns a the local home
and garden supply.
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