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Serious Lawn and Weed Problems

Serious Lawn and Weed Problems
Posted by Luis from Florida on 2001-04-03 21:01:51

I live in West Central Florida and have been trying to get grass to grow in my front yard but it continues to die out. I tried St.Augustine Sod and then grass plugs but both died. I was only left with 90% weeds and bald spots.

I would like to know what other types of sod I can buy. Something that will resist weeds, insects and is low maintenance. It will be planted in full sun on a down slop. I have no gutters and when it rains all the sandy soil washes out onto the sidewalk. Do I need to leave a border edger permanently on to keep the water from washing out my soil or can I remove it once the lawn is fully grown? Finally, do I need to add any fertilizers or soils before laying my sod? Thanks!
  • zoysia or St. A
    Posted by Jerry Digman from 5b on 2001-04-05 12:20:28

    St. A will do well in sandy soils. It requires alot of water and fert.

    Zoysia would be a good choice for you. Look into sodding with that. It's kind of pricey but will perform well once established - low MX, weed & disease & insect free.



    Quoting Luis: ------------
    I live in West Central Florida and have been trying to get grass to grow in my front yard but it continues to die out. I tried St.Augustine Sod and then grass plugs but both died. I was only left with 90% weeds and bald spots.

    I would like to know what other types of sod I can buy. Something that will resist weeds, insects and is low maintenance. It will be planted in full sun on a down slop. I have no gutters and when it rains all the sandy soil washes out onto the sidewalk. Do I need to leave a border edger permanently on to keep the water from washing out my soil or can I remove it once the lawn is fully grown? Finally, do I need to add any fertilizers or soils before laying my sod? Thanks!
  • soil...soil...soil
    Posted by John from Ca/z10 on 2001-04-05 09:00:09

    You need to improve your soil before you try growing a decent lawn. If you have sandy soil, you need to add tons of organic matter to your soil before sprreading your seeds or sod. If you want a care free yard that looks good, you should work in compost into your sandy soil for several inches prior to sodding. If you keep adding organic matter on a regular basis, the organic matter will keep working itself deeper in the sand. A good lawn needs a good deep root structure. This will not only keep your soil from washing away but will reduce watering and feeding needs.
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