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    Replacing St Augustine with Fescue

    I live in Greenville, SC and I have a front yard with St Augustine that is very weedy and splotchy. I want to replace it with fescue and want to know the best method (time and money) of doing this... The STA is still dormant, can I put out fescue seeds? Thanks

    Mike

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    Hi Mike,

    It's been quite some time since you wrote in, so my guess is you already have an answer to your question. If not, let me know and I'll try and help you.

    Newt

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    Newrt,

    That would be great. I went ahead and fertalized it about 4 weeeks ago with weed and feed desigend for St Augustine, and I still have awful dead spots and bad crab grass. We have had very consistant rainfall for a while now. Any suggestions?

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    Mike, you are very welcome! I have two sites about St. Augustine grass and both recommend plugs and not seed for this grass. Maybe you can dig out some plugs from a spot that isn't too noticeable and transplant them to your bare spots so they spread. One site is from Texas and the other from Florida. With a little more research you might be able to determine which variety you have.
    http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/P...ons/staug.html
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/LH010

    If you still want to remove it and replace it with fescue, you might want to consider renting a power sod cutter.
    http://cdn-write.demandstudios.com/u...00/8/24108.jpg

    This site has lawn care info and more for South Carolina.
    http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/landscape/

    I would recommend adding 2" to 4" of compost to your soil before you seed or sod and mixing it in with a till. Here's how to sod or seed. The prep is the same for both. You will also find info at the South Carolina Extension site above.
    http://www.garden.org/articles/artic...w&id=75&page=1
    http://www.hortmag.com/article/Seeding_a_New_Lawn/

    Here's how to calculate how much compost you will need.
    http://www.cedar-grove.com/compost_calculator.asp

    Here's a rake you can make to level large areas.
    http://turfgrass.com/planting/rake.html

    How to maintain your lawn organically. It's less expensive and better for you and the environment.
    http://www.organicgardening.com/feat...18-142,00.html
    http://www.nwf.org/gardenforwildlife...8B2B9FBF030C1D

    Newt

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