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Question DetailsAsked on 3/7/2012

My St.Augustine yard is almost dead. What are my options?

The St. Augustine grass in the main section of my front yard is not coming back in this spring. I think too much stress (hurricane took out most of the big shade tree, drought, heat, chinch bugs, and a few of days of abnormally cold weather) over the last few years has taken its toll. I don't think I can afford to have the entire yard dug up and resodded. I'm thinking about putting down Centipede grass seed...but would like a professional opinion. Are there any companies out there that would give me a free lawn analysis and quote on various options? Thank you.

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Many lawn service companies will give you a free analysis, but you need to be sure that their analysis is correct before undertaking any solution. Look for a company that is bonded and insured and get more than one response to your questions before going ahead.

Answered 8 years ago by Labour of Love


I can't tell what area you are in to more accurately answer your question, but here is some general info. Re-sodding, on average, will cost about $1 to $1.50 a square foot. The difference is usually due to the readiness of the area to be sodded.

As for the lawn analysis that's usually done for free by lawn treatment companies such as trugreen or scotts. Their services will be to revive the lawn.

A landscape company will almost always give you a free estimate on sodding. If you know your square footage you can simply call and ask what their price would be for x amount of sod with easy vehicle access and, assuming your front yard is fairly square, little waste.

In the case of seed, you're limited. Most companies overseed in the winter but not in th epeak season. You might try a hydromulching company for that. Hydromulch will be a mix of water and seed, and will be the cheapest option. They may have minimums but it's worth a try. Some drought beaten regions will not allow this to be done as it does use a lot of water.

If you throw some seed in the area and pray for it to take over your St. Augustine you may be in for a long wait, multiple re-seedings, and maybe some dissappointment. I find that mixed grasses is not a good idea.

Lastly, it's always worth a shot to ask for a better price, but when comparing prices make sure you understand the scope of their process. Some companies just rake the top of old turf and throw the new stuff on top, this will just give you more problems in the future. A good company will kill or remove the existing turf and lay sod that is cut the night before.

Hope this helps. Good Luck


Answered 8 years ago by Dallas Curb Appeal

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