The Q&A Archives: Scalped... Now What?

Question: New home... new grass and We just bought a new mower and it's highest setting is still pretty low. I had no choice but to scalp it. But now it is of course looking bad turing a light yellow green from a deep lush green. I did fertilize it earlier in the year about late Feb or early March. Should I re-fertilize? Do I just keep it watered? It is St. Augustine, was laid in November and we hadn't really cut it till now.. didn't have a mower, we had been triming the weeds that poped up but just cutting them down to the level of the grass.

Its my first house, with a lawn that is my responsiblity.. did I mess it up? I know St. Augustine is resilient, but is something I should do for the shock?

Thank you for your time.

Answer: Martti,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

You probably don't need to fertilize but if you want a light application won't hurt. I suspect as you start mowing regularly at a high setting it will get better and better looking in a short time. Water deeply and infrequently for best results.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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