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Question: We had a lawn full of St. augustine grass. the problem was it used to be sugar cane field and was bumpy. I had dirt brought in to help build up the land some and the entire area was tilled and harrowed. Progress was halted by wet winter weather. The clovers took over, I think they came in the new soil we added in. I have since added more soil and retilled and ready to seed the lawn if needed. Can I expect the pre-existing St.Augustine that was there before tilling to re-establish and if not,after seeding when can I do some weed control(weed/feed mabye)because I expect more clover and such.?

Answer: Todd,

Clover won't resprout until next fall. Your St. Augustine may return sporadically but you probably should consider resodding or at least putting in strips with about a foot between them so it can fill in by the end of the growing season.

Pre-emergent herbicides can help deter weeds but may not be needed if you will fertilize and water the new grass to get it going fast. If you choose to use a pre-emergent product contact your Parish Extension Agent for some ingredient recommendations that will be effective against the particular summer weeds that are most common in your area.

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