St Augustine Lawns Articles


Many believe mowing a lawn is good for the lawn and the shorter the better. Nothing could be further from the truth, This is especially true for a St Augustine grass lawn. Mowing stresses a lawn. And nothing stresses a St Augustine lawn like mowing too short. What is too short for a St Augustine lawn?

March is the time to prepare your lawn for the hot dry months ahead. In Pinellas County, the daytime temperatures will soon be 85 degrees and higher and from March to July there will be little or no rain – often going weeks without rain. And what about those winter annuals weeds that seem to be popping up everywhere. Learn what to do in March here.

St Augustine has a natural escape mechanism to protect it from cold weather – it goes dormant. A dormant St Augustine lawn may look dead – it is not, it is very alive. Find out what you should do for your dormant St Augustine lawn.

Many believe that taking care of your lawn means putting something on the lawn, like fertilizer or an insecticide. However, you can go organic in February with these two simple organic lawn care techniques that improve your lawn and use no fertilizer or chemicals.

Many believe a lawn isn’t a nice-looking lawn unless it is short. But the opposite is true for a St Augustine lawn – the taller the lawn, the better it looks. Check your mowing height with this simple test.

A big mistake made by many homeowners in the winter is to fertilize their lawn. Your lawn is semi-dormant in the winter and stimulating with nitrogen-rich fertilizers can damage your lawn and cause fungus. Winterizing prepares your lawn for the spring flush growth, reduces, and prevents weeds, and protects the lawn from cool weather fungi.

Even though your lawn is green (or should be), it is semi-dormant or hibernating. It is resting. The cooler temps and shorter days mean less metabolism and less photosynthesis. During this time of the year, your lawn has some specific needs to survive and prepare for the spring.

Growing a great St Augustine lawn is simple if you know where to focus your efforts. But many homeowners spend too much money and effort focused on urban lawn myths and other nonsense. This simple guide for growing a St Augustine lawn exposes the myths, eliminates the nonsense, and provides you the knowledge so you can focus your efforts on what is important and what works.

During May – June, sod webworm eggs may be in the sod, and once the sod webworms hatch, can destroy a lawn before it is established. It is not every batch of sod, but it happens often enough to merit this warning.

What should you do for your St Augustine grass lawn during the colder winter months in Florida. Does it need fertilizer, water and insect control?


There is no fertilizer application ban in Pinellas, it is a nitrogen blackout.

Organic Lawn Care Tip: Mow St Augustine grass at 3" or higher and you will your lawn will require less water, fertilizer, and pesticides to look great.

Lawn Myth: A lawn isn’t a lawn unless it is short, like a golf course or it is just a hayfield. Not True! A lawn is a lawn when it looks good.

The best mowing height for St Augustine turf grass lawns is 4" or higher. Lawn damage, brown spots and dead thin turf are caused by mowing height below 4”

What causes those lime green or yellow areas in your St Augustine Lawn? It is from a lack of iron. Learn how to fix it