When & How to Plant & Grow St. Augustine Grass
St. Augustine grass is one of the most popular lawn grasses in Florida and the Gulf states, thanks to its tolerance of heat and humidity. Its blue-green blades form a dense turf that establishes quickly and easily, and can tolerate salt, making it an excellent choice for coastal yards. Planting St. Augustine Grass Using Plugs When to Plant St. Augustine Grass How to Plant St. Augustine Grass Maintaining Your New St. Augustine Grass Lawn
Planting St. Augustine Grass Using Plugs An easy way to start a St. Augustine lawn is to plant plugs of established grass. The plugs, which are rooted pieces of sod, gradually fill in the spaces between them, producing a full, beautiful lawn. (You can also purchase St. Augustine sod, but it can be expensive.)
When to Plant St. Augustine Grass St. Augustine grass grows best in the warmth of spring and summer, when high temperatures are normally 80-100 °F. Plant St. Augustine grass plugs or sod in full sun, at least 90 days before your region’s first estimated fall frost, to give the grass plenty of time to establish.
How to Plant St. Augustine Grass
Measure Your LawnDetermine the exact dimensions of the area you’ll be planting, to ensure you purchase enough St. Augustine grass plugs. A tray of 18 plugs will cover approximately 32 square feet.
Prep the AreaIf you’re replacing an existing lawn, rent a sod-cutter to remove the old sod and vegetation. Next, apply a non-selective herbicide 2 weeks before planting to kill weeds; make sure you use a product that doesn’t leave a residual that would harm the newly planted St. Augustine grass. If you only have a few weeds here and there, you can hand-pull them, but be sure to get the entire root system. Otherwise, they will pop back up while your plugs are establishing themselves.
Apply EZ Patch™ Lawn RepairEvenly apply Scotts® EZ Patch™ Lawn Repair for St. Augustine Lawns over the planting area so that no bare ground in visible. Scotts® EZ Patch™ contains fertilizer and a mulch that absorbs up to 6x its weight in water to help St. Augustine grass plugs fill in faster.
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