• August 10, 2020

GARDENING: St. Augustine grass requires care - Odessa American: Gardening

e-Edition Subscribe

GARDENING: St. Augustine grass requires care

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Sunday, August 2, 2020 12:45 am

St. Augustine grass is a great warm season shade tolerant variety. Although it is shade tolerant it will still need a daily minimum of 4-6 hours of sunlight. When establishing a warm season grass it is important to plant during warmer months when the grass is actively growing and establishing roots. Ideally you should plant St. Augustine in late spring or early summer to avoid the stress of prolonged triple digit heat. St Augustine prefers to be mowed at about 2-4 inches in height. Because turfgrass clippings are rich with nutrients it is often recommended you leave them on the ground as a mulch. Avoid returning clippings if the grass is diseased or has many weeds in it to reduce spread.

St. Augustine grass is susceptible to turfgrass diseases such as large patch. Large patch is characterized as large circular patterns with yellow to orange outer borders. Diseased shoots will easily pull from the ground due to their damaged roots.

St. Augustine grass is also susceptible to take all root rot, this is characterized by large patches of chlorotic leaves followed by the dying off patches off grass. Showing large patches of bare soil.

Cinch bugs also commonly attack St. Augustine grass, you can test for the presence of these insects with an empty coffee tin, some water and soap. Stick the tin into the ground and fill the can with the soapy water, this will cause the insects to come up and you can identify their presence in your yard. A photo of a recommended St. Augustine care calendar is attached with this article.

For more information, call the AgriLife office at 498-4071 in Odessa or at 686-4700 in Midland or visit aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu or westtexasgardening.org. You can email Jeanette at Jeanette.castanon@ag.tamu.edu with questions.

Odessa, TX

Current Conditions

Sunny
95°
Humidity: 25%
Winds: SSE at 16mph
Feels Like: 95°

Your Extended Forecast

Tomorrow

weather
High 101°/Low 75°
Partly cloudy. Lows overnight in the mid 70s.

tuesday

weather
High 102°/Low 76°
Sunny. Highs 100 to 104F and lows in the mid 70s.

wednesday

weather
High 103°/Low 75°
Sunshine. Highs 101 to 105F and lows in the mid 70s.
Online Features

Pet Central

pets

Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

Fitness

Fitness

Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

Crosswords

Crosswords

Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

Sudoku

Sudoku

Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




  • ALL-ACCESS: Subscribe to our e-edition and premium website at myoaoa.com.
    You can read your daily newspaper without taking a walk to the driveway.
    Look back at yesterday's newspaper, or issues from months ago with our archive feature.
    Call circulation at 432-337-7314 to sign up today.