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Hammertime
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How do I make my grass grow slower?

I have extremely thick St. Aug and if it rains that week it shoots up like wildfire.

It will go from 3.5" when I cut it to 7" over the period of a week. I just want it to slow the hell down because it holds water when it is that long and I have a hard time chopping it down.


Bama and Beer
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re: How do I make my grass grow slower?
Cut it lower and lower each time


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Nodust
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re: How do I make my grass grow slower?
Primo, it aint cheap but helps

You may need to look into dethatching it. There are some rotary mower blades that can do this. Will be ugly for a few weeks but would come back strong.


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jimbeam
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re: How do I make my grass grow slower?
Add some nitrogen....


StinkDog12
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Member since Nov 2006
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re: How do I make my grass grow slower?
There is a chemical for st Augustine you can use that slows the growth. Yard dude puts it down so I'm not sure of the name. Catch is, ya gotta keep your yard watered and fertilized properly because if it starts to die because of a lack of water or fert....your yard is fricked for the year because if the slow growth.


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Ole Geauxt
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re: How do I make my grass grow slower?
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Add some nitrogen.
with a few squirts of Round Up...


jimbeam
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re: How do I make my grass grow slower?
i know with rice, once you add some nitrogen, that shite shoots up and greens up like a motha


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Jibbajabba
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re: How do I make my grass grow slower?
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Add some salt


This


TH03
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re: How do I make my grass grow slower?
obligatory kill it with fire comment


Hammertime
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apples
Member since Jan 2012
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re: How do I make my grass grow slower?
Honestly the only place it doesn't grow is where I piss and where my dog pisses. Last year I had a bunch in bonfires in one spot and it is already full of grass. It will swallow a beer bottle in a couple of months. I can't cut it lower or it will brown over and die. I am just looking for some chemicals or something to slowthe stuff down.

As far as the thatch goes, wouldn't de-thatching make it grow faster?


fishfighter
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re: How do I make my grass grow slower?
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with a few squirts of Round Up...


This will slow it down a bit.


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HeadSlash
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Chad504boy
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re: How do I make my grass grow slower?
quote:

How do I make my grass grow slower?


buy a cow.


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Nodust
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Member since Aug 2010
18961 posts

re: How do I make my grass grow slower?
Dethatching will make it healthier. Not nessasarily grow faster. And it will allow you to cut shorter.

Just try a small spot and see how it works. When I get home I'll see if I can find the blades and link it for you.

You can check into primo but it's expensive. Will slow down growth.


LoneStarTiger
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re: How do I make my grass grow slower?
drought

I only mowed 3 times last year


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fishbig
Member since Feb 2007
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re: How do I make my grass grow slower?
If I would use the dethatching blades on my thick st. Aug lawn, would my yard have a clean cut look to it or would it tear my yard up.


Nodust
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Member since Aug 2010
18961 posts

re: How do I make my grass grow slower?
It will look like shite for a few weeks. But will look better once it heals up.


Hammertime
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apples
Member since Jan 2012
18958 posts

re: How do I make my grass grow slower?
I thought a de-thatcher was just a big rake that you pulled behind a mower? How do the blades get into the actual thatch? Does it have little raking teeth on the blade?


Nodust
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Member since Aug 2010
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re: How do I make my grass grow slower?
This is a verticutter for a golf course
Image: http://salesmanual.deere.com/sales/salesmanual/images/NA/golf_turf/features_attachment/qa7_cutting_units/qa7_verticutter_blades.jpg


You may be able to rent something like this
Image: http://www.dlf.com/upload/classen-verti-cutter.jpg


Or get something like this for a push mower,
Image: http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/public/uvrQzsJPcJN8qskdCC02d3HFshpHG-hjFIFF65Q6kI35-poEHcWPkFwnlfeuD2NIwrd9KT_MaUCvt87n3hgTB4pgFt7VDl-KJDBOziKwAgf-UQIa-bg3PeLmB5-w_DSVY57HEU-OP1zi2RYB7jpkSqT3pMGsGE5hyQs1uSpo


Now for St Aug I would just try a small spot and see how it does. St Aug has stolons, or horizontal growing stems on top of the ground. If you verti-cut too aggressive it could do some damage and make for a long recovery. I've never verti-cut st aug but it does wonders on bermuda.

Also you could try scalping it down once(cut at an extremely low height). Maybe worth a shot. And I would never fertilize St Aug with very much Nitrogen............ever.

And those rake looking things you drag with a mower are crap. They may work if you pass over your yard 100 times with it.


PSU2LSU
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re: How do I make my grass grow slower?
I would dilute some roundup and spray it on the lawn. I have a friend that does this because he hates to mow his lawn.


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