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Old 01-13-2016, 12:12 PM   #21
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^ tough to seed st augustine

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Old 01-13-2016, 04:05 PM   #22
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I concur with Big_Hitter. I have St. Augustine and my grass looked like yours several years back. I had chinch bugs and some weeds. Watering was not the problem. Ended up just having the bad areas raked out and brought in new sod, then hired a spray service that included fertilizer in the spray. They wanted to come 6 times a year and I asked them to make it 3 times a year because I am on the water and wanted limit as much runoff as possible. They said fine, but no guarantees. It's been at least 3 years so far and no weeds, no brown grass, no problems.

Btw, I would love to find an organic solution, so if someone knows one I am interested

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Old 01-13-2016, 04:30 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by Life_is_Good View Post
I fix bare spots on my lawn every year. It's pretty simple...

1) Rake out whatever remains in the bare spot (thatch, weeds, etc)
2) Sprinkle on a very thin layer of good soil (the kind you find in your nursery)
3) Cover the area generously with grass seed.
4) Sprinkle on another very thin layer of soil to cover the seed.
5) Water every day if you can.

The more sunshine, the quicker you'll have grass. Mine usually takes about 2 weeks. Once the new grass starts coming in, I give the area a little more seed which results in a nice full patch of grass. Good luck.
That procedure is not applicable with St Augustine grass like we have here in Houston.
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Old 01-16-2016, 10:46 AM   #25
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I did the chinch bug test with the can of water in three spots and didn't see any bugs.

Sprayed some broadleaf weed killer on the weeds.

Did a little aeration with a manual aerator.

Bought some bags of Scotts Fungus Control (2.3% Thiophanate-methyl) and put them down today. Will do it again in a month per the instructions. Not sure if I have brown patch or take-all rot but hopefully it deals with either.
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