thin St. Augustine grass - Knowledgebase Question

Weatherford, Te
Question by cdwill76
June 5, 2010
My St. Augustine grass did not come back thick this year. I have lots of shade. How can I get it to thicken back up quickly? Thanks

Answer from NGA
June 5, 2010


Feeding usually greens it up quickly but unless you have a shade tolerant variety such as Seville or Floraverde, your turf may decline over the years because of the shade. You may need to re-sprig or re-sod. Or, there may be a thatch build up that's keeping your lawn from thriving. St. Augustine normally builds up a thick, dense, thatchy mat as it matures. When the mat does not permit proper penetration of water or fertilizer, vertical mowing will be necessary. A vertical mower cuts the thatch and brings it up to the lawn surface where it can be raked away and removed. Hope this information is helpful!

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