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How to Manage Pests

The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns

Planting and management tips for St. Augustinegrass


  • Mow at 1 - 2 inches.
  • If St. Augustinegrass is mowed too low, weeds can invade.


  • Fertilize using 4 lbs. nitrogen/1000 sq. ft. per year during the period of active growth (March - October).
  • Iron is frequently needed as a fertilizer supplement.


  • Seed is not available commercially.
  • Use sod or plant 3 - 5 bushels stolons/1000 sq. ft.


  • Water every 3 - 6 days to encourage a healthy deep root system.

Special problems

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