St. Augustine Grass Dilema - Knowledgebase Question

WINTER HAVEN, Fl
Question by EBFM2526
February 12, 2011
Almost all of our grass has died. Even leaves on a sago are curling up and have white spots on it. Then we had huge clumps of mushrooms pop up in places, treated yard with fungicide, treated palm with soap solution, yard looked good before the wandering jew weed sprouted everywhere, which we were told to kill with Baking Soda. Now we have almost no grass????


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Answer from NGA
February 12, 2011

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Because mushrooms are growing in your lawn I think you need to address the soil compaction problem first by aerating your lawn. Mushrooms grow because there is decaying organic matter - probably a thick layer of thatch or dead and decaying roots and stolens. Once you've aerated and power raked the lawn to ease the compaction and remove the decaying organic matter, you can purchase plugs or sprigs to plant in the bare spots. (Or re-sod the entire area if there's no grass left.) Putting your lawn on a regular mowing, fertilizing and watering schedule will help it thicken up during the spring and summer months. Best wishes with your newly renovated lawn!

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