Over-fertilization of mature turf only encourages thatch, insect and disease problems. Centipede is more cold tolerant than St. Augustine grasses but has less shade tolerance. In commercial St. Augustine grass production 300 to 500 square yards (bushels) of sod are planted per acre. Patches of St. Augustine grass that are removed from the ground with the dirt attached to the roots … Bermudagrass is the most frequently overseeded warm season grass. Of all the warm season grasses, it is the least cold tolerant and has the coarsest leaf texture. Post by Dchall_San_Antonio » June 19th, 2012, 7:24 pm I've gone several years in a row and only mowed my lawn a few times each season. Advantages of St. Augustine Grass. Sod plugs or stolons planted on 1 to 2 foot spacings can be expected to cover in one growing season. This fast spread is facilitated by above-ground shoots (stolons). It’s normally a very aggressive spreader – in fact, most of the time I hear questions about how to stop it! Stolons of Floratam are large, purplish-red in color (demand this characteristic when purchasing sod) with internodes averaging 3 inches in length. However, its presence represents deeper soil problems that must be fixed or the moss will stick around. St Augustine grass will go dormant when the soil temperatures fall below 55 degrees. I often get questions about St Augustine Grass runners growing on the grass surface or sticking up in the air. It will, however, slow in growth as the soil drops in temperature. Although there are few dwarf and variegated types of St. Augustinegrass seed, these strains are more for ornamental and novelty use instead of turfgrass used for lawns—there is no such thing as St. Augustine seed for lawns. Soil pH problems can be another. However, the seed performed poorly and is no longer available. It would be great if one day a good St Augustine grass seed was developed. Both grasses have good drought tolerance and do well in warm coastal area… Without a smooth surface, the mower will cut highs and lows. The fungus disease has been found in clays to fine sandy soils. Especially now as there has not been sufficiently cold enough soil temperatures to cause dormancy in the turf. As long as the grass crown is not affected, the grass will grow out of it. Stolons are above ground stems that grow horizontally. Eventually, the grass circles will turn brown. It will hold up well under to normal traffic of a home lawn, but not under the heavy traffic of an athletic field. St. Augustine grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum) spreads with stolons, often called runners, using a process called vegetative propagation. While this makes it sound a bit like Bermuda Grass, keep in mind that St. Augustine Grass does not have rhizomes.The stolons, or stems, along with the overlapping leaf sheaths are usually compressed. Care must be taken because St Augustine spreads by above ground stems and the dethatching may remove too many healthy stems, especially if they are not rooted. Centipede grass, also known as Eremochloa buse, is a medium-textured, low growing grass that produces a dense and weed-free turf.It is an aggressively growing grass that is fairly attractive and requires little care. Many commercial applicators will apply what you need without selling you a whole program. No Comments. Stolons allow the grass to fill in quickly as long as there is adequate moisture. Sharp blades are essential for a clean cut. Sodding is the most expensive, but the fastest way to get an instant yard. Conduct a soil test before planting to determine whether you'll need to add amendments. The chinch bug is very small insect, but a major pest. St. Augustine grass is one example. Many companies specialize in this work or you can do it yourself. It should be mowed to about 2 inches. *stolons and rhizomes are short St. Augustinegrass is a creeping-type grass that is spread by thick stolons. St. Augustinegrass has been vegetatively propagated for 200 years, meaning it is produced via stolons, plugs or sod. Identification. St. Augustine grass is extremely popular in this country along the Gulf Coast, as well as in Hawaii. Note however, that some dwarf varieties are more prone to thatch, winter damage and insect problems. Each stolon forms its own root ball and blade set. Important Note About Insecticides and Fungicides. Because the seeds are so difficult to collect, St. Augustine is commercially available only as plugs, sprigs, or sod. If the lawn is mowed too short, or if you use a power rake to dethatch, you will damage the stolons and your lawn may not recover. In thatch build up of Ft. Worth, TX where the Climate becomes drier is always best to check your. 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