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Question: I live in orlando fl and have st augustine grass. what kind of fertilizer do I need? what kind of bug conrol do I need?

Answer: Steve,

I apologize 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!

Fertilize with no more than 1/2 to 1 pound of nitrogen in spring after you have mowed the grass twice, and again in fall (around late October). Apply a product with a 3-1-2 ratio of nutrients as this is roughly the ratio of nutrients grass takes in. So, for example, if you purchased a 15-5-10 fertilizer (15% nitrogen), you would apply about 7 pounds per 1000 square feet (1 pound / .15 = about 7). If you purchased a 21-7-14 fertilizer (21 % nitrogen), you would apply about 5 pounds per 1000 square feet (1 pound / .21 = about 5).

You should only treat for insects when they start to become a problem. Your County Extension Office can direct you to the best products and timing as well as help you identify problems if they start to occur. Their contact info is:

6021 South Conway Rd.
Orlando, FL 32812
Phone (407) 254-9200

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

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