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Old 05-16-2008, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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I would've planted something drought resistant but I didn't plant this lawn ...it came w/ the house I'm kinda wishing we had bahia(sp) even though I get made at it for going dormant ...but its always alive ...but I don't have it.
I have noticed my dog prefers bahia grass over st augustine.
I had the same problem with my last house.
It seemed everything the original owners planeted need extreme watering.
It helped me out a little when building the new house with knowing what to plant.

The poster I was responding to seemed to have a problem with the county ensuring that new plantings were drought resistant.
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Old 05-16-2008, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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I don't have grass as we don't have water here. It's all trees and mulch. At my parent's home I installed an automatic sprinkler system to keep the garden abd lawn alive. The grass is zoysia/St. Augustine mix. It looks fantastic and is the only green yard in the whole area.
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Old 05-17-2008, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I had the same problem with my last house.
It seemed everything the original owners planeted need extreme watering.
It helped me out a little when building the new house with knowing what to plant.

The poster I was responding to seemed to have a problem with the county ensuring that new plantings were drought resistant.
I know what you mean! The hedges aren't even drought resistant ....bleh! not to mention the grass. I can hand water hedges but my pooor poor lawn needs a rain dance.
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Old 05-17-2008, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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I know what you mean! The hedges aren't even drought resistant ....bleh! not to mention the grass. I can hand water hedges but my pooor poor lawn needs a rain dance.
I just checked the records this afternoon and we have had a total of .15 inches of rain in the last 42 days. Less than a quarter inch in almost a month and a half.

The only thing I really worry about is the wildfires. We had about 1000 acres on fire a couple of weeks back less than 2 miles away.
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Old 05-18-2008, 05:31 AM
 
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I just checked the records this afternoon and we have had a total of .15 inches of rain in the last 42 days. Less than a quarter inch in almost a month and a half.

The only thing I really worry about is the wildfires. We had about 1000 acres on fire a couple of weeks back less than 2 miles away.
That is really scary and than to see the car in front of us throwing a sigarette which was still burning on the grass next to the traffic light........
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Old 05-18-2008, 11:18 AM
 
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Several things:

A good deep well.

At least once a year sprinkle some aged manure down. It's easy for us, we have horses, so we keep it in a bin until the bite wears off, 3 months or so. Otherwise you no longer actually have soil. Never use fresh, it will burn everything up.

Sprinkle a light shot of dolomite over the whole yard once or twice a year.

Control ants and such with soapy water. They will leave, but it won't bother the earthworms and microbes.
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Old 05-19-2008, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Florida
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husband sent me this from work.
does anyone know i it works on all types of grass?
Found it interesting
Secret lawn tonic recipe from golf course groundskeeper | Wise Bread
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Old 05-19-2008, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Florida
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WOOO WOO I Got 5 minutes of rain today!!!!! =) very happy! It was a down pour!
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Old 05-20-2008, 07:38 AM
 
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The official site for ScottsMiracle-Gro products* :* The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company :

On this website you can find some answers to the issues menetioned by some.

This is the first time i looked on this website but I use the Turf builder with 2% iron which makes my yard green. The fertilizer I use is from another brand.
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Old 05-27-2008, 07:00 PM
 
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A sprinkler system is a must with the St. Augustine types. I used to do the fertilizer, bug control, weed control myself. Went to a lawn maint. service every other month. To a previous post, yes the chinch bugs and white grubs eat the roots.
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