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ronk
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re: I'm giving up trying to get a full lush lawn....
I have tif 419. Buy a lawn leveling rake. Identify dips and divots by drilling a hole on either side of an 8 foot piece of 2x4. Attach a rope to both ends and drag it across your lawn. Mark spots with a gap between the ground and 2x4.


STLhog
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re: I'm giving up trying to get a full lush lawn....
To echo others, bermuda is basically idiot proof. Seems like Centipede and St Augustine is just a headache. Curious to why more of you guys further south don't just go Bermuda or Zoysia?

Had been contemplating Sod but using Ronk and Crawdude's advice, my front lawn is looking like a fairway. Back is solid but 2 GSPs are just never going to allow it to be great.

Managed to control Dallisgrass (I won't say how) and also have celcius for later when it gets hot.

Bought the house last April and it was a jungle of winter weeds and then crabgrass. Minus the random small patches of fescue that should get squeezed out this year, its pretty incredible how much this lawn has turned.

Saved around $5k as well avoiding re-sodding and the overall hassle. Will post pics later in the summer to give appreciation to this board once my sand spots have totally filled in.
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tilco
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re: I'm giving up trying to get a full lush lawn....
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To echo others, bermuda is basically idiot proof. Seems like Centipede and St Augustine is just a headache. Curious to why more of you guys further south don't just go Bermuda or Zoysia?


Builder put in centipede. Didn’t have a choice. Never again tho. I want Bermuda.


STLhog
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re: I'm giving up trying to get a full lush lawn....
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Builder put in centipede


Is it cheaper or something? Just seems like such a headache from everything I've read here with how sensitive it is etc.


tilco
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re: I'm giving up trying to get a full lush lawn....
Centipede grows great in shitty soil that builders put in. And it’s cheaper.


LSUtigerME
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re: I'm giving up trying to get a full lush lawn....
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Is it cheaper or something? Just seems like such a headache from everything I've read here with how sensitive it is etc.

Centipede about half the price of the other warm season grasses. It can also be seeded whereas St Aug, most Zoysias, and sodded Bermuda cannot.

As mentioned, Centipede is the lazy mans grass. It grows slow and doesn’t like a lot of treatment. Perfect grass for 90% of people. It looks decent enough as well.


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STLhog
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re: I'm giving up trying to get a full lush lawn....
Ah gotcha.

Sounds like the southern version of fescue which is what everyone uses here.

It sometimes looks okay but having 4-5 inches of grass at all times just isn't for me. Plus it burns up in the summer.


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Notnac
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re: I'm giving up trying to get a full lush lawn....
13-13-13


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BigDropper
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re: I'm giving up trying to get a full lush lawn....
How much sand we talking about here?

Assuming a yard in leveled, how much cubic feet of sand per square foot of grass would one use to fill in their yard?



TU Rob
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re: I'm giving up trying to get a full lush lawn....
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How much sand we talking about here?

Assuming a yard in leveled, how much cubic feet of sand per square foot of grass would one use to fill in their yard?


I’ve always heard to add sand in a low spot and rake it level about an inch or so above the grass. Once the grass grows in you repeat until the spot is filled in. Just dumping it and leveling it all at once doesn’t give the grass and roots a chance to push through to the new surface.


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Puffoluffagus
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re: I'm giving up trying to get a full lush lawn....
I'm planning on doing a sand level next April/may for my front. General rule that I've read is about about 1 cubic yard per 1000sq/ft. But really it depends on how unlevel your yard is. You really shouldn't be putting down more than 2inches at a time.

Usually trying to achieve a perfect level is a multi year project and not just a once off project.


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Puffoluffagus
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re: I'm giving up trying to get a full lush lawn....
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I’ve always heard to add sand in a low spot and rake it level about an inch or so above the grass. Once the grass grows in you repeat until the spot is filled in. Just dumping it and leveling it all at once doesn’t give the grass and roots a chance to push through to the new surface.


If you have a fairly robust/healthy turf already and just unlevel you'd be surprised what Bermuda will push through. Some people really "beach" their lawns and itll push through in a few weeks.


ronk
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re: I'm giving up trying to get a full lush lawn....
A cubic yard of sandy loam will cover 1,000 sq ft at .5 inches of depth


Palm Beach Tiger
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re: I'm giving up trying to get a full lush lawn....
I have evergreen spray for weeds ornamentals and fertilizer. Run sprinklers. I do have a guy cut my grass. It looks pretty much perfect all the time with st aug. You could cut your own grass and have the same results i think.


ronk
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re: I'm giving up trying to get a full lush lawn....
That’s gonna be a no. You have someone spray for weeds, ornamentals, and fertilizer (I’m not exactly what the company does). Water. Someone mows. You suggest that he cuts his own grass and it could be perfect.


Palm Beach Tiger
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re: I'm giving up trying to get a full lush lawn....
I meant if he pays a company to spray for weeds, or ornamentals, and fert. He could probably do the other stuff and have great results.


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tide06
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re: I'm giving up trying to get a full lush lawn....
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Get a soil test to see if you need to change your PH

I ignored this step and set myself back 3 years.

To me it’s the most important part of the process, until the pH is right nothing else worked, at least for my fescue.

Fixing that took me from mangy yard to near golf course with no other changes in maintenance and the areas that are still off are the only ones lagging.


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TigerTatorTots
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re: I'm giving up trying to get a full lush lawn....
I'm with you. I'll continue putting down milorganite so my grass doesn't die completely but I'm done spending all this money on sprays and granules throughout the year to have weeds, mud spots, and moles kick my ass

ETA: I have centipede as well. If my grass ever completely dies, I'll never buy centipede again. This is my 3rd house with it and is the most pussy grass ever.
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BallsEleven
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re: I'm giving up trying to get a full lush lawn....
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If you have a fairly robust/healthy turf already and just unlevel you'd be surprised what Bermuda will push through. Some people really "beach" their lawns and itll push through in a few weeks.


My princess 77 steady pushes through my 12” garden beds. It’s a battle to keep it out.

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ETA: I have centipede as well. If my grass ever completely dies, I'll never buy centipede again. This is my 3rd house with it and is the most pussy grass ever.


This was my experience as well. What really killed me was after I learned to stop messing with it, it took so damn long to grow back. I ended up putting st aug plugs and it steadily took over.
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tilco
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re: I'm giving up trying to get a full lush lawn....
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I'll continue putting down milorganite


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: I have centipede as well.


Stop putting down milo on centipede.


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