ONGOING MAINTENANCE FOR FLORATAM, SEVILLE AND BITTER BLUE ST. AUGUSTINE SOD

St Augustine sod is a tough, hardy turf grass that once established, produces a beautiful lifetime lawn or landscape in Florida.

Mowing: Mowing is a critical to a healthy lawn:

  • Maintain ST AUGUSTINE at 2”-3″ with rotary mowers
  • Mow Floratam and Bitterblue every 5-7 days and Seville every 7-10 days during the active growing season
  • During cooler weather mow every 7-10 days for Floratam and Seville, every 10-14 days for Sapphire, or as needed
  • Never cut more than 1/3 of the total length of the blade at any one mowing
  • Bagging of clippings is not usually necessary if mowing schedule is maintained

Insecticides: Apply insecticide as needed to reduce stress on your lawn:

  • Always read and follow label directions carefully for any insecticide applications
  • Walk your yard regularly and be aware of seasonal pests like billbugs, armyworms, webworm and grubs
  • Early identification and treatment of insect problems minimizes the application amount and damage to your grass
  • Control armyworms and webworms with Sevin®, Orthene®, Diazinon® or Permethrin-based products
  • Control chinch bugs with Talstar®
  • Control grubs with Bayer® Advanced Lawn Season-Long Grub Control Ready-to-Spread Granules annually in the late spring
  • If you are unsure of label instructions consult with the retailer where you purchased your insecticide

Herbicides: Reduce your weeds through proper mowing, irrigation and fertilization of ST. AUGUSTINE. If a weed problem persists:

  • Always read and follow label directions carefully for any herbicide application
  • Improper use of herbicides can severely damage or kill all types of ST AUGUSTINE
  • Walk your yard regularly and be aware of seasonal weeds
  • Early identification and treatment of weed problems minimizes the application amount and damage to your grass
  • If you are unsure of label instructions consult with the retailer where you purchased your herbicide

Fungicides: Fungas can occur during long periods of rain and humid conditions. Fungicides should be used only as needed:

  • Always read and follow label directions carefully for any fungicide application
  • Walk your yard regularly and be aware of unusual symptoms of disease
  • Early identification and treatment of disease minimizes the application amount and damage to your grass
  • If predictable seasonal problems are expected, consider a broad-spectrum fungicide application
  • If you are unsure of label instructions consult with the retailer where you purchased your fungicide

Irrigation: ST AUGUSTINE, like all turf grass, requires regular irrigation for long term health and beauty.

Overwatering, especially in shady areas, however, can cause root rot, disease and poor aeration of soil.

  • Watering requirements are greatly dependent on soil type, season, geography and other factors
  • Ensure irrigation systems are working properly and covering all areas sodded with ST AUGUSTINE
  • Walk your yard regularly and be aware of signs of wilting that would show irrigation is needed
  • Shaded areas and heavy soils require less water than full-sun areas and sandy soils
  • Encourage deep root growth by watering until the soil is moist to a depth of 3”, shallow watering will result in a shallow root system
  • Infrequent deep watering maximizes drought resistance and tolerance
  • During drought conditions, sod generally requires 1” of water per week
  • Visit our Tips on Watering Your Lawn video

Fertilizing: Properly fertilizing your lawn will encourage health and reduce disease and insect in your ST AUGUSTINE yard:

  • Test your soil to understand your soil needs and fertilizing requirements
  • Floratam and Seville ST AUGUSTINE generally requires three fertilizer applications per year: spring, summer and fall
  • Walk your yard regularly and take notice when the yard requires fertilizing
  • Take care to apply the correct amount and type of fertilizer
  • Reduce nitrogen rates to avoid disease and insect inducing growth flushes
  • Use iron sources to improve color and limit growth surges
  • Higher Nitrogen rates should only be applied in the spring or for injury recovery of ST AUGUSTINE
  • Apply balanced fertilizers with lower rates of Nitrogen in the summer and fall
  • Visit our Tips on Watering Your Lawn video