ionicatoms lawn journal - Florida - St. Augustine (Palmetto)

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Consulted with thegrassfactor on my dormancy "problem."

He suggested that I'm getting a higher incidence of dew in my open sky areas.

Ideas were to:
  • Maintain a low HOC allowing the soil to be more responsive to the ambient air temperatures.
  • Make an application of something like calcium nitrate or potassium nitrate in the 48 hours before a frost and "starve" the grass of a little bit of water to increase the salinity of the water in the leaf tissue.

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Cut the backyard at 3.25” (bagged clippings) and spread 10lb DiseaseEx at setting 2 on the Echo RB-60. I figure that covered about 4600 sq. ft. (didn’t cover the whole front yard) which is pretty close to the preventive rate shown on the bag.


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Post by Redtwin »

Is that tiger striping in Saint Augustine?

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@Redtwin

I think it is! I guess it got just cold enough to ruin my St. Aug color in the open sky areas.

I think I’m going to try one (or both) of the suggestions above next winter.

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Trimmed two bottlebrush shrubs and removed one palmetto palm. Hopefully I can get the second clump out tomorrow.

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Post by Live Oak »

Dumb question but are open-sky areas more prone to dormancy because they are less “protected/warmed” by a tree’s canopy?

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Post by ionicatoms »

Live Oak wrote:
Sun Jan 17, 2021 1:16 pm
Dumb question but are open-sky areas more prone to dormancy because they are less “protected/warmed” by a tree’s canopy?
The ground under a tree cannot radiate heat as fast as it would under the open sky. Consequently, it stays warmer longer and doesn’t form dew as readily. With warmer temperatures and less frost the grass is under less stress.

Separate note; I was able to pull out my second palmetto clump today. I’m so looking forward to something different.

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