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Old 08-11-2010, 06:05 AM
 
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I live in Houston, TX and my front yard has several brown spots. The grass on those areas is completely dead. I think I over fertilize it and then cut it too short. It seems like it has completely burnt out.

Anyway, what is a good time to seed the lawn in those brown areas and what is the procedure of seeding? Would it be more easy to buy patches of grass and put it there or should I use grass seeds? What is the season to seed? Any links or information is appreciated!
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:18 AM
 
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There is no seed for St Augustine, buy a roll and patch the spots. Now is a good time.
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:32 AM
 
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Thanks Nitram,

What do you think about Natural Green Grass Patch Turns Brown Grass Green | Green Grass Colorant to cover the brown patches?
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Old 08-11-2010, 07:54 AM
 
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More than likely, you have a pest problem. Check under the grass near the brown areas by pulling some grass back and slightly digging underneath, or have a lawn pest company come out and inspect.

As OP said, there's no seed for St. Augustine, but it is a "running" grass, which means the surrounding grass will fill in the areas with runners in time. If they are large areas, you can get plugs (usually available at Lowes, etc.) and place in the bare areas, but only if you have eliminated the pest problem. St. Augustine, and centipede grass, is very attractive to pests for some reason. Good luck!
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:11 AM
 
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@Ynot,

Thanks for the reply! I have checked several times but could not find any pest or insects. It might be that I over fertilized the lawn and cut it too short leaving it to be burnt by Houston heat. Is it a good time to put the grass patches now or should I wait for fall. Also, how do I put grass patches?
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Old 08-11-2010, 03:44 PM
 
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I'm in northeast Florida (maybe a little cooler than Houston) - and it is definitely too hot to put down new sod now. I'd wait until at least mid-September. If you have a large area to resod - I'd wait until the early spring - which is the best time to lay sod (we had a very cold winter this year - and a fair amount of established sod died).

How big are your dead areas? If they're relatively small - I'd probably cut down the dead areas in the early spring - and let the runners from the surrounding sod fill in the dead areas. If they're larger - you'll have to remove the old sod. A professional sod remover (which you can rent) is the best way to do things if you want to DIY. Then buy new sod and cut it and lay it down. Note that it's pretty labor intensive work. When I need it done - I use a professional company to do the job.

For future reference - note that you shouldn't be applying fertilizer during the hot summer. Also - keep the lawn high - as high as your lawnmower will go. And if your area is a little drought stressed (like ours is) - and you can't water a lot (we can only water twice a week for a maximum of an hour per zone) - let the grass grow even higher. Water at night (not normally recommended but - if you're really dry - it helps in terms of retaining moisture). Robyn
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