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So what's the verdict on whether or not to scalp your St. Augustine grass in the spring before the the new growth sets in?
 

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Yes! I have 2 customers/neighbors straight across the street from each other. One scalped, one didn't. The one that didn't has had a hard time thickening up. You can still see the brown grass (thatch) there too. After a big rain, their yard starts to show signs of needing to be watered within a few days. Mine and the other neighbor are good for a week at least after a rain.

We also got aerated a week or so ago. I know someone who works nights and aerates/mows on the side. He goes over the yard with Micro Life after he aerates too. If anyone wants his number please PM. He does the west/sw side of town. Though he said he went to Clear Lake once but had to charge extra.
 

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Fishin' Chick,

No. I was just curious. You know, every now and then you have one of those questions that you really want answered but you don't know where to find the experts. Well, I figured I could get an honest response here........on a fishing board.

......and yes, I do scalp. I just didn't know if I could do better by not doing it at all.


Thanks and Gig 'em.
 

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Just remember to never cut more than 1/3 of the grass blade length off once it has started to grow or else you'll get a thatch problem. Cut more than 1/3 and the clipings can't decompose fast enough and they build up above the soil causing water to run off, like a thatch roof.
 

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Ok

I have a question, since I never pretended to be a lawn expert what do yall consider "scalping?" Ive never done this, never had a problem with thickness, and was curious. Of course my yard was fertilized by cows for generations before I came along so needless to say I have "good" dirt around here. lol

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I took mine down to the lowest setting on my mower. I mean scalped! Our lawn is the healthiest it has been in years. I have a beautiful thick yard for the first time since we have lived here.

I also did a hillbilly aeration job on it. That's right! I found yet another use for flounder gigs. lol. It seems to have worked. My neighbor is still scratching his head on that one but he envies our yard this year. :wink:
 

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I'll show ya next week Z when it's my turn to mow your yard!ROTFLMAO!!
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I have a question, since I never pretended to be a lawn expert what do yall consider "scalping?" Ive never done this, never had a problem with thickness, and was curious. Of course my yard was fertilized by cows for generations before I came along so needless to say I have "good" dirt around here. lol

Z
 
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