Lawn Fungus?

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  1. Johnny Angell

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    My St. Augustine lawn in Jacksonville, FL is developing some patches. Some are very slow growing patches that are going bare. There's one patch in which the grass is very green, but is duller in appearance from the rest of the yard.

    I think my auto irrigation system is doing a decent job of watering the whole yard. I don't think its a lack of water.

    My neighbor says he's noticed it in other yards and his too. He thinks its a fungus for which you can get granules to broadcast.

    Thoughts, anyone?
     
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    Hmmm. For $18 I just might browse it at the store for an answer.
     
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    Johnny,
    Living here in Jacksonville you will need a book on St. Augustine to keep it looking good. There are a couple of things at Homedepot etc you can by for fungus. Just make sure you not watering too much and be aware of the dreaded Chinch Bug.
     
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    I've done a little research online and only gotten more confused. It could be brown patch, it could be cinch bugs. I'm thinking I should get a lawn service and have the pros handle it.

    Anyone have any experience with a good lawn service company? I know Chem Lawn is out here.
     
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    I have used Chem Lawn, Scotts, True Green and Southern Green. All of them equally bad in my opinion. I do much better without them. I suspect you have brown spot though. I have a couple patches myself.
     
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    What did you use for the brown patch?
     
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    I didn't use anything. I rake it and let it grow back together.
     
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    You rake it? Do you mean you dethatch it? I'm not sure what you mean.
     
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    Yes, Dethatch it using a rake. St. Augustine grows back togtether fairly quickly. If it's a large area get some plugs. If you water at night stop. This will create fungus especially with the unusually cool nights we have had. Water early in the morning around 5:00. It allows the water to soak in and the morning sun to dry the blades keeping water from staying on them too long.
     
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    Thanks, John. I just treated the lawn with Scotts Lawn Fungust granules. I hope it helps. I think I've been overwatering and will cut back. I had been watering at 5am.
     

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