My family moved to the greater Miami area in June, and the St. Augustine grass looked okay. A few months later, and it started dying, even with the sprinkler system.
A few problems with the sprinkler system, but I fixed it for a while, and the grass continued to deteriorate, along with showing signs of sod soil erosion.
What I gather is this: The previous owners threw the sod down about a month before they put it on the market, and the tenants never watered the grass. I came down, saw the house, bought the house (in the heat of the summer), and the lack of early watering on a new lawn killed it from the bottom up. And the rain that the region gets just washed away the soil (the dirt the sod comes with).
Now my sprinkler system is fuuked (tree root damage, a busted distro head I've replaced twice, etc.), and I've got a "courtesy notice" from the HOA saying I have two weeks to fix it.
My wife and I have seriously considered tilling everything and re-sodding (where it's bad), and she's rogered up to going out and watering (or buying a hose-sprinkler).
I'm looking at aeration as a way to help the lawn, but I wanted to get all your awesome advice before I do anything.
And other people can talk about their lawns here, too!
3/23/2017 6:26:26 PM