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Question: We live in Tampa, Florida and have too big of a yard to take care ourselves. We have St. Augustine grass. We are checking into a weed and feed company. We have had a company tell us that we need to fertilize our yard monthly, all the other companies will do six or seven applications a year. What would you recommend? Also, is their something that can take care of all weeds that might come up without having to go out and inspect the yard our selves? The company we had forgot to tell us that they do not spray for crab grass, so of course it is taking over, because we saw it green and assumed it was our normal grass.

Thanks for any help you can give us in this busy time of year.


Answer: Monica,

It really comes down to how much fertilizer you put on at one time. Three or four applications is fine but you can put the same amount on in more applications with less applied each time. As you build a strong lawn most weeds will be choked out. In the meantime most lawn companies can apply something either to kill existing weeds (except existing grassy weeds) or to prevent weed seeds from germinating. Some weed killers can stress St. Augustine, especially in hot weather. I suggest for now you focus on good lawn care and get the turf in dense, healthy condition and your weed problems will be dramatically minimized.

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