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Sod St. Augustine Florida

Sod St Augustine Florida is a part of most HOA requirements in most area neighborhoods. Deciding to install a swimming pool St Augustine Florida as part of your outdoor landscape design is awesome. Unfortunately, the heavy machinery used to install the swimming pool usually destroys the sod going up the side of your house. It is usually also necessary to reinstall and reconfigure your existing irrigation system. Once the paver pool deck and hardscape is complete we install the irrigation. We placed irrigation heads around the perimeter of the pool to insure proper irrigation for the new sod.

The side yard between houses must maintain a swale to accommodate proper water drainage. We remove extra dirt and regrade the lot before install the sod St Augustine Florida. There were 4 pallets of st augustine grass installed and over a yard of dirt removed.  There was extensive grading done on the side of the house to restore the steep swale between houses and allow proper water drainage. 

Sod In Atlantic Beach Florida

Sod In Atlantic Beach Florida

This client wanted some sod in Atlantic Beach Florida but originally hired us to install some landscaping and build a small retaining wall. We removed the remains of an old wooden deck built around the oak tree in the back yard. We also removed jasmine and other random landscape plants. The new landscape design included tropical plants with colorful foliage. We also installed a variety of perennial flowering plants and a bottle brush.

On the opposite side of the house we constructed a natural stone path walk way. We then mulched the small area between the house and the neighbors property. Along the back of the property we built a small retaining wall made of railroad ties to hold the backyard in place. As the project progressed the client decided to also sod the yard.

The sod in Atlantic Beach Florida was St Augustine grass. We installed three pallets of St Augustine grass after removing the existing weeds. The final project turned out better than the homeowner expected. They soon after placed their home on the market and received multiple higher than asking offers. Landscaping, sodding and curb appeal can make such a difference when choosing to sell your home.

St Augustine Sod Installation

St Augustine Sod Installation

Preparation work was done before we completed the st augustine sod installation. A railroad tie retaining wall held the foundation of this home inside the property line. As you can see from the photograph, after 7 years the wood began to rot and the wall was failing. There were several options for repairing the problem. The customer and I discussed replacing the railroad tie wall with a brick retaining wall. Because of the cost, an alternative solution was to build out the berm. The HOA gave the homeowner permission to extend the berm past the property line.

We first removed the railroad tie retaining wall. We then brought in 3 truck loads of fill dirt and extended the berm an additional 7 feet. To prevent berm erosion the gutter downspouts connected to a gravity drain allowing the water to run to the neighborhood drainage ditch. Additional irrigation heads installed to complete water coverage for the new St Augustine sod installation.

Sod Installation Atlantic Beach

Sod Installation Atlantic Beach

The dog park at Atlantic Beach has been plagued by erosion for years. The grass being improperly maintain causes the sides of the pond to erode and wash into the water. On this particular lawn grass installation we added over 40 yards of dirt to rebuild the sides of the retention pond. We then installed over 30 pallets of Bahia Sod. Regular sod installation is necessary to maintain the sides of the retention pond from washing away.

Bahia sod is a great choice for high traffic areas. Bahia grass is a low maintenance grass requiring less water and fertilizer than other types of warm season grasses. Cut Bahia grass after is creates the y-shaped seed pods to create a thicker lawn. Bahia grass is also nontoxic for pets making it a pet friendly grass installation choice.

Some areas are too steep to maintain a slope to prevent erosion. Retention walls and proper drainage would prevent some areas from regular maintenance and enhance the over all aesthetics of the dog park.

Clovers

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Clovers

Clovers are a fall and winter weed germinating in cooler temperatures and maturing into spring. The legume family of clovers are problematic for most turf grasses. Clovers have leaves with three lobes and pea like blooms. There are two types of clovers, an annual and perennial clover.  Clovers typically found in sod are the perennial species know as the white clover and strawberry clover.

Prevention

Proper lawn maintenance is always the best prevention plan to control weeds.  Keep weeds under control by implementing a proper watering, fertilization and mowing schedule based on your species of turf grass.  Also, not allowing bare spots in the lawn will discourage weed seed germination.  Remove dead or dying grass and replace it with sod. Keep the lawn thick and make it difficult for clover seeds to germinate.

Control

Control clovers and broad leaf weeds by applying preemergent herbicide formulations containig oryzalin, trifluralin and pendimthalin.  The best post emergent herbicide to use depends upon the species of turfgrass.  Bermuda grass and zoysia grass tolerate products containing mecoprop and dicamba but not triclopyr.  A three-way herbicide may be used safely on bermuda grass, zoysia grass, centipede grass, St. Augustine grass and tall fescue. The active ingredients are 2,4-D, dicamba, and mecoprop.  Apply these chemicals after the clover seeds have germinated.

Crabgrass

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Crabgrass

Crabgrass is a light green weedy grass which usually appears in summer.  Crabgrass likes hot, sunny, dry conditions and this is why it is typically found in areas where the lawn is thin and sparse.  The weed shoots up seed heads similar to bahia grass as small y-shaped seed pods.  The seeds can lay dormant for up to seven years in the soil.  It is also drought tolerant.

Prevention

A proper maintenance routine based on your species of grass is the best way to prevent weeds.  Mowing your grass at the proper height taking off no more than 1/3 of the blade at a time.  Watering in fewer longer intervals for established lawns rather than many shorter intervals.  Fertilizing in the proper amounts of nitrogen based on your species of grass at the right time of year.  Prevention using proper maintenance is better than trying to get rid of crabgrass once it is established.

Control

While prevention is the best method of controlling crabgrass you can kill the weed once it establishes itself.  A pre-emergent herbicide applied to your lawn kills the seedling after germinating.  The seeds do live in the soil for up to 7 years.  Being consistent with applying a pre-emergent herbicide will effectively lessen the amount of new weeds emerging over time.  Pre-emergents are generally applied twice a year but its best to follow the manufactures instructions. Because crabgrass is drought tolerant a regular watering schedule will minimize crabgrass and discourage growth.

Dollarweed

Dollarweed

Dollarweed is a perennial warm season weed also known as pennywort.  Dollarweed has a bright green leaf shaped like a lily pad with a stem coming from the center of the leaf.  This low growth habitat weed reproduces by seed, rhizomes and tubers.  When dealing with any weeds it can be difficult to eradicate them completely.  Grass weed management is the most realistic approach rather than complete eradication.

Prevention

Dollarweed is a water loving plant which can float like a lily pad.  Reducing the amount and frequency of irrigation on your lawn will discourage growth and spreading.  Increasing proper drainage can help with weed prevention. Proper maintenance of your lawn will also prevent weeds. Maintaining grass at the proper height, proper fertilization, and being free from insect or disease damage will also reduce weeds.

Control

Atrazine is a chemical used to control dollarweed.  It can be applied to st augustine grass and centipede grass up to twice a year.  Atrazine is most effective when applied in the fall and late spring on newly formed weeds.  Atrazine should not be applied to newly seeded, plugged or sodded lawns.  This chemical will adversely effect the growth of new sod and should only be applied to established lawns.  Bermuda grass and zoysia grass can use a three way herbicide for dollarweed control.  A three way herbicide contains  2,4- D, dicamba, and mecoprop and are found in a variety of broad leaf weed killers.

Why is my Sod Turning Brown

Why is my Sod Turning Brown

Drought

Why is my sod turning brown maybe because of drought.  Most Jacksonville and St. Augustine grass sod species have a level of drought tolerance once established.  St. Augustine grass, Bermuda grass, zoysia grass, centipede grass, and Bahia grass will slowly turn brown when stressed for water.  The individual grass blades will fold in half vertically then intermittent spots will become dry and crunchy giving the sod an overall brown appearance.  Established grasses will recover quickly once the sod grass is watered regularly.  Unfortunately, if the dry folded grass of new sod is not watered immediately it will not recover and die very quickly.  It is important to follow the directions for newly installed sod given to you by your Jacksonville sod installation professional after your sod has been installed.

Dormant

Why is my sod turning brown maybe because of dormancy.  Warm season grasses like bahia grass, zoysia grass and st augustine grass will go dormant in the winter and turn brown.  The percentage of brown versus green will be determined by the cultivar of grass, how long the turfgrass has been established and how low and long the temperatures get during winter months.  It is important to still water your lawn during the winter months to prevent killing the turfgrass.

Take-All-Root Rot

Take-All-Root-Rot is a fungus type disease which effects the roots of warm season grasses when there has been an abundance of water and the grass is not able to dry out between watering.  Heavy rains contribute to the onset and spread of the disease.  It will turn the grass brown and it will rot.  There is no method of recovery from this disease and maybe why my sod is turning brown.  Turfgrass does not recover from Take-All-Root-Rot and will need to be replaced.  Jacksonville Sod Service can provide an estimate for new sod installation in St Augustine Florida and in the Jacksonville area.

Natural Turfgrass Weed Killer

There are several products on the market being used as natural turfgrass weed killer.  Because of the toxic effects chemical herbicides have on the environment and water contamination more natural methods of weed control are becoming more popular among homeowners. Iron based weed killers, corn gluten meal, and vinegar.

Iron based weed killer is composed of a liquid form iron which is used to treat micro deficiencies in plants which is bound to a chelating agent making it readily available for plant uptake causing iron oxidation.  When applied the the weed plants will dry out, turn black and die within hours of application.  Iron based weed killer is safe on warm season turfgrasses St. Augustine grass, zoysia grass, bermuda grass, centipede grass, and bahia grass. These products may cause a darkening of grass leaf blades but the color will usually recover within a few days to a week.  The compound is applied to actively growing weeds in the Spring and Fall when temperatures do not exceed 85 degrees.  3 applications in Spring every 21 days and 2 applications every 21 days in Fall has yielded the best results.  Commercial brands like Iron X and Fiesta are available for application on new sod installation in Jacksonville Florida.

Corn gluten meal is a bi-product of the corn milling process and used as a natural turfgrass weed killer.  Its N-P-K ratio is 8-1-0 and thus used as a weed and feed product.  The corn gluten meal is applied at a rate of 20-40 pounds per 1500 square feet.  Once applied must be watered in to be effective.  Because corn gluten meal is a premergent herbicide meaning it inhibits the growth of weeds at the seed level by drying out the plant causing it to die quickly after germination.  Because it works in this way it is less effective after heavy rains.   It will not kill existing weeds.  It should be applied twice a year once in the Spring and again in the Fall.

Use vinegar with caution.  Although it will kill weeds it will kill your grass to in the same way round up works by applying it to the leaves and drying in the sun.  It should be used as a spot treatment and not over your entire lawn.  Vinegar acts as a great natural turfgrass weed killer for spot treatments.