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Telfair 12-28-2011 01:10 AM

Got some overgrown scraps of St Augustine today
 
From my local nursery & dug a bit & also basically just laid it in place & hosed it down good hoping it take hold but to be honest as over grown as this grass is I'm a wee bit concerned about how mowing it will work out?
I dont wanna kill it on it 1st mow.....?????



https://www.supermotors.net/getfile/...e/img_2732.jpg


I'm told it should fill in well on its own in about 6 months & have come to realize that if this take hold maybe I can just take lots of plugs from it to finish the back yard... About 1000 sq feet.????

NancyNGA 12-28-2011 07:58 AM

Yes you can do it if you keep it watered when you first sprig it. I sprigged my whole back yard (80'x100') with St Augustine. It took several years to get established but I wasn't able to water it and we've had a lot of drought years here lately.

Set your mower blade really high, or maybe just use a string trimmer to keep the height down a little until it gets well established. It spreads with runners. Looks good!

Telfair 12-28-2011 12:47 PM

It took years!?!?!?!?! http://bestsmileys.com/eek/10.gif

NancyNGA 12-28-2011 03:10 PM

Well, it depends of course on how many sprigs you have to work with, and whether you have bare ground to start with. I was using little sprigs and spacing them a couple of feet apart.:) Already had some crummy grass on the lawn. The St. Augustine eventually took over. It wasn't my top priority at the time.:wink:

user1007 12-29-2011 05:50 AM

Also depends on whether you bothered to prep the soil for planting!:laughing:

You cannot expect any turfgrass to grow well in unprepped soil. The prep is the same for seed, plugs, sod, hydromulcing/hydroseeding, etc. Skip it and your fate is cast to the wind.

And as just shared. Turfgrass of any kind takes lots of water to maintain. You might be better off really thinking through how much turf you want and planting nicely colored and textured groundcovers instead where you do not need actual turf.

Telfair 12-29-2011 07:27 AM

My front lawn is Fescue, but I want St Agustine in the back yard because of the dog I'm getting...


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