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Old 05-27-2008, 08:48 PM
 
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I mow the lawn at a height no shorter than 3 inches. I use that new Scotts fertilizer that holds moisture in. Forgot the exact name of the Scotts product. I had a well dug for my lawn and water twice a week on the watering days, but I water at longer period of time like 35 minutes per zone to help grow the roots deeper for my grass. It has been working out great so far. Make sure you cut it at a regular interval and not too short or you'll shock the heck out of the grass and kill them. St. Augustine is the worst grass I could have chosen for my yard. I should have chosen the Empire Zoysia at a higher cost, but more drought resistant and much nicer than St. Augustine.
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Old 05-27-2008, 09:06 PM
 
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2 quick ideas on keeping your grass green. I switched over to Empire Zoyzia grass which requires less water and is more drought tolerant. it also seems to require less chemical gets less bugs.

Another thing that I have recently started doing is adding some of the natural kitty litter to the yard. It is made of clay and holds water better than our usual sandy soil. If you have cats cyou can clean the box and recyle the cat litter. I usually only put this out in the areas that are the most dry.

Hope this helps
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Old 05-28-2008, 07:28 AM
 
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2 quick ideas on keeping your grass green. I switched over to Empire Zoyzia grass which requires less water and is more drought tolerant. it also seems to require less chemical gets less bugs.

Another thing that I have recently started doing is adding some of the natural kitty litter to the yard. It is made of clay and holds water better than our usual sandy soil. If you have cats cyou can clean the box and recyle the cat litter. I usually only put this out in the areas that are the most dry.

Hope this helps
Hey, that's a great idea with the kitty litter. I like that idea a lot. Thanks for the info. I have one area in my front lawn that might need that treatment.
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Old 05-28-2008, 08:39 AM
 
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I use service from four seasons lawn guys..I tried earlier myself but grass was turning yellowish so got worried and started their service. They come every 6 weeks..I am pretty happy with my lawn right now..both front and backyards are completely green . I have St. Augustine. I have sprinkler system installed and it also helps that since my community has reclaimed water I water it twice in a week

There was one scary time when my neighbor's lawn turned golden brown - completely! and he wasn't doing anything about it. Some patches in my backyard also started to dry up so I would water it every day evening in those patches with the hose. It's back to normal now.
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:54 AM
 
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I use service from four seasons lawn guys..I tried earlier myself but grass was turning yellowish so got worried and started their service. They come every 6 weeks..I am pretty happy with my lawn right now..both front and backyards are completely green . I have St. Augustine. I have sprinkler system installed and it also helps that since my community has reclaimed water I water it twice in a week

There was one scary time when my neighbor's lawn turned golden brown - completely! and he wasn't doing anything about it. Some patches in my backyard also started to dry up so I would water it every day evening in those patches with the hose. It's back to normal now.
I"m able to keep my yard green with a foreclosed home across from me that was without water for the yard, for over 2,5 years and that yard is all weed, bugs, etc. next to me is an empty house with yellow grass on the way to become the same as the yard across the street which was sold for a nice price and the owner wants to try to get the grass green. Just putting stuff against bugs and the Scott with iron that I use, I"m able to keep it green. I put a little of both stuff in my neighbors yard to keep the bugs out and the weeds out. So even by doing it my self I save a lot of money and can keep it green and I'm for sure not a pro on this, if I can do it so can every one (I have St. Augustine and Bahia/back yard)
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:02 AM
 
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It is Scott's fertilizer with iron in it. The iron makes it really look green. I buy it at Home Depot. The bag is green, purple and white.
It also makes it grow faster...... so you have to mow a little bit more, but it stays green.
You can also buy it in a larger bag at Costco. That's where I bought the Scotts fertilizer with the 2% iron and extra moisture holder or something like that. I applied that yesterday to my yard after cutting the grass and then it rained for a few hours for me last night. That was awesome! I live in South Florida and we've been getting a good amount and I don't think it's as dry as central FL area.
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Old 05-28-2008, 06:56 PM
 
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My lawn was eaten up by Chinch bugs, even with spraying lost the whole front lawn, had it replaced and I can now water for the next 60 days, I've got the greenest lawn on the block and still have another 30 days I can water and I'm doing it all legal within the guidelines of the water company, of course I'm paying for having a green lawn those gallons sure do add up.
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Old 05-29-2008, 09:30 AM
 
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My lawn was eaten up by Chinch bugs, even with spraying lost the whole front lawn, had it replaced and I can now water for the next 60 days, I've got the greenest lawn on the block and still have another 30 days I can water and I'm doing it all legal within the guidelines of the water company, of course I'm paying for having a green lawn those gallons sure do add up.
You should consider getting a well dug for your house and a reservoir tank to treat the iron in the water so you don't get the stain you see on some homes. I had a well dug for $1000 where I lived and connnected to my sprinkler system. I think I've already made my money back already on the water bill. A well for the sprinkler system might vary in price from places and the depth they have to drill. I definitely have a nice green lawn and didn't have to spend an arm and a leg on water.
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