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Old 07-06-2014, 08:48 PM
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You definitely can seed a bahaia lawn, however it's much easier to get the lawn established quickly if you use sod. Bahaia sod is also a lot cheaper than St. Augustine sod. The problem with seeding is that some of the seed will blow away, there will be bare spots, and weeds can quickly fill the spots in.

I personally am not a fan of Scotts products. Scotts products are mainly nitrogen bombs, which are good for quick greening but can be bad for the lawn overall. Most of the multi-product formulations that they carry (fertilizer plus weed killer, fertilizer plus insecticide) don't have enough of the secondary product to be truly effective.

Even Home Depot carries a few formulations of Lesco fertilizer. I use a 16-4-8 formulation with iron every two months on my St. Augustine lawn and it looks better than the lawns of my neighbors who pay $50-60 per month for a lawn service. The lawn is thick enough that I don't have a weed problem, and any areas of weeds that do tend to crop up can be easily dealt with individually as opposed to treating the entire lawn with weed killer. The only other products that need to be applied is a pre-emergent in the winter and occasionally insecticides to deal with ants or chinch bugs.
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:28 AM
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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The St. Auggie lawn I had (shown) was green all year round, no dollar weed, only a few nut sedge would pop up (which I would use Image for on a spot treatment basis). LESCO is good too. Most of the pros use LESCO products.

Growing a lawn from seed is not as easy as throwing down sod, but it is a whole lot cheaper. get a bare spot, add some more seed.

Bahia doesnt look as good as a well maintained St. Augustine lawn but I do without irrigation and without any fertilizers.
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Old 07-11-2014, 11:50 AM
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Here's a section of lawn in my gardens. That's a mix of a bunch of grasses, though around the table, that entire area is mostly that golf course looking grass. I was going to sod but when we had that freeze and I watched some neighbor's perfect lawns brown, I decided against putting that money into that. Theirs did come back and they've been fine ever since but I went a different route.

What I did was weed out everything broadleaved or weed-looking and left everything that looked like some sort of grass, figuring that was the stuff that survives the cold snaps here and the droughts and the lack of fertilizing and the abuse the previous owner had inflicted. And then I let areas of that reseed itself while keeping other areas cut, alternating all that so it didn't look terrible during the process. I had no idea what I was doing but wound up with some nice looking lawn. I continue with the alternating of some areas tractor cut while other areas are left to reseed itself and I've definitely noticed areas thickening in green ground cover by this process.

It's not as monotonous, um, I mean, as uniform as a standard sodded lawn but it's a garden, not meant to be perfect just pretty.
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:40 PM
Location: Treasure Island Fl
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Bermuda. Grows like a weed. Drought tolerate. Cut it short it will look like a golf course green.
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