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Palmetto® St. Augustine

Homeowner Maintenance Guide
Shade Tolerant
LVN Resistant
Soft Texture
Wear Tolerant
Seasonal Guides for Your Palmetto Maintenance
FALL
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Mowing

During the fall, mowing will occur less often—keeping your Palmetto slightly higher than the regular 2–2.5 inch height will encourage deeper root growth which helps it survive in colder temperatures and during winter dormancy.

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Watering

Water less as temperatures drop—too much water will lead to disease.

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Fertilization

For optimal results, feed your lawn monthly during the fall season by applying the Lawnifi’s Fall Fertilizer Box or apply Lawnifi Foundation once every three months.

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Weed Control

Apply pre-emergent herbicides to control winter annual and perennial weeds like chickweedhenbitPoa annua or purple deadnettle.

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Insect Control

Check for and control any white grubschinch bugssod webwormsfall armyworms and mole crickets. Treat with an insecticide if needed.

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Fungus Control

It’s recommended you apply a fungicide at preventative rates as this will help the grass enter colder months in a healthier condition.

SUMMER
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Mowing

Palmetto mowing heights during the summer generally range from about 2–2.5 inches. When mowing during the summer, never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at a time.

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Watering

Do not overwater the grass. Palmetto only needs about one inch of water weekly. Water for longer periods of time, less frequently and in the early morning hours. Take rainfall into consideration.

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Fertilization

For optimal results, feed your lawn monthly during the summer season by applying the Lawnifi’s Summer Fertilizer Box or apply Lawnifi Foundation once every three months.

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Weed Control

It is not recommended that you apply an herbicide at this time. Once temperatures exceed 85 degrees Fahrenheit, the herbicide will damage the grass.

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Insect Control

If drought symptoms or yellow spots occur in a sunny location, check for chinch bug activity. Other insects to look out for are grub wormsmole cricketssod webworms, and fall armyworms.

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Fungus Control

Check for gray leaf spot.

SPRING
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Mowing

Keep your lawn between 1.5–2.5 inches in height with a rotary mower that has a sharpened blade. Never remove more than ⅓ of the leaf blade.

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Watering

Don’t overwater. In the active growing season, Palmetto needs about 1 inch of water a week from natural rainfall or irrigation.

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Fertilization

For optimal results, feed your lawn during the spring season by applying Lawnifi Foundation, a granular fertilizer, or the Lawnifi Spring Fertilizer Box.

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Weed Control

Apply a pre-emergent herbicide when soil temperatures reach 55 degrees Fahrenheit. This will prevent summer annual weeds like crabgrass and goosegrass from plaguing your lawn and garden.

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Insect Control

Apply a broad-spectrum insecticide to prevent spring insects from appearing or to control any current spring insects like chinch bugs or white grubs.

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Fungus Control

Apply a systemic fungicide at a preventive rate to keep disease from taking hold of your lawn. St. Augustine may be prone to gray leaf spot at this time.

A Word of Caution for Newly Sodded Lawns

A pre-emergent contains a chemical that prevents a weed from putting down roots. Because it is a root inhibitor, it can also negatively affect your new lawn, which is trying to establish itself by putting down roots. If you successfully killed and removed your old lawn, including all the weeds in it, your newly sodded lawn should have relatively few weeds. It is suggested that you hand pick weeds out of your newly sodded lawn for the first season.

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