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How to Control Dollar Weed in St Augustine Turf Grass Lawn

How to Control Dollar Weed in St Augustine Turf Grass Lawn

The waxy glossy green leaves of dollar weed present themselves just above and horizontal to the mowing plane of the lawn – making dollar weed one of the most visible and noxious weeds in a St Augustine grass lawn
But that highly visible leaf is only a small part of the problem because dollar weed lives primarily below ground - about 90% of the plant is below ground. So, killing the leaf does little to control the plant!

Junk Science for Lawns

Junk Science for Lawns

I make a good living off of turf but it does not need to cover every square inch of your lot. Your plot of land is not uniform - from poor soil to masses of tree roots - almost every variable imaginable exists. Some areas are good to perfect for growing grass while others poor for growing grass. Applying junk science to “fix” the poor areas is only a temporary solution and a waste of money. The best approach is to design around the limitations by planting the right plant in the right place.

Preliminary Research Proves: Lawns Do Not Pollute

Preliminary Research Proves: Lawns Do Not Pollute

In recent years there has been a lot of chatter, finger pointing and even laws passed because of the persistent belief that fertilizing lawns is polluting water bodies in Florida. Well, new research confirms the old research that lawns take up virtually every drop of fertilizer applied to the lawn. And if you think this is junk science or research done by a biased group, the research is conducted by the University of Florida, funded by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (Florida EPA) and procedures and techniques are monitored and controlled by the Florida EPA. This...

Only A Tiny Fraction of the Earth’s Water – less than 1% - is Useable for Humans: Is that A Problem?

Only  A Tiny Fraction of the Earth’s Water – less than 1% -  is Useable for Humans: Is that A Problem?

I was stunned after reading and researching the post “Water, Water, Everywhere..” by Lara Miller, Natural Resource Agent for the Pinellas County Extension Service. I have nothing against conserving water and I believe that wasting water is wrong and poor stewardship. But environmental activism by a government official using half-truths and misleading facts is far worse than wasting water.

This Weed Has Round Leaves Similar to Dollar Weed but is Dichondra

This Weed Has Round Leaves Similar to Dollar Weed but is Dichondra

Dichondra is often called Dollar Weed. However there are a few distinctive that will help tell them apart. Dichondra is low growing - rarely higher than St Augustine turf. Dichondra has a lighter dull green color compared to Dollar Weed's glossy green color. And, where Dollar Weed's leaf margin is complete forming a round leaf, Dichondra has a deep cut in the base of the leaf.

Restoring HOA Common Areas can be done with Lawn Spraying (Fertility and Pest Management)

Restoring HOA Common Areas can be done with Lawn Spraying (Fertility and Pest Management)

In 2007 Tierra Verde Landmark HOA requested a proposal for the lawn spraying (fertility and pest management) of their common areas – an area of about 1 acre of St Augustine turf dotted with Live Oak Trees and a privacy fence foundation planting. The common areas were in very poor shape and needed repair because the existing lawn spraying company failed to control chinch bugs and grubs. The HOA had budgeted $10,000 for sod replacement and set out to hire a new lawn spraying company to prevent another failure.

Lawn Moths/Sod Webworms

Lawn Moths/Sod Webworms

In our area, during summer months it is not uncommon to see the little white moths darting about a foot or two above the turf – especially in the shady areas and at night. Theses lawn moths do NO damage to your lawn – yes they are a nuisance but they absolutely do no damage to the lawn. But that is only half of the story.

Thatch in St Augustine Lawns

Thatch in St Augustine Lawns

The first time I walked across a healthy St Augustine lawn, I thought to myself “Thatch!” The lawn looked great, it was the middle of the summer (prime time for heat and water stress) and I recommended verti – mowing (sometimes called dethatching). Now many years later and a lot more experience with St Augustine turf, I do not recommend verti-mowing (dethatching). Thatch is a minor problem in St Augustine turf and verti-mowing causes more damage to the lawn than thatch.

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