Recommended Lawn Products - THIS PAGE IS A WORK IN PROGRESS


Below is a list of products we recommend for your St. Augustine lawn. Please remember that Longwood Green HOA does not promote specific products and cannot provide guarantees on effectiveness based on manufacturer's claims. It is vitally important that you follow the manufacturer's application instructions and take in consideration seasonal rainfall and temperatures when applying products.

Sedge Grasses

Fungus control fungicides

Granular broadcast products

Water soluble sprayable products

Crabgrass

Asulox
Asulox is a selective herbicide that was once available for treatment of crabgrass weeds in residential St. Augustine lawns. It is no longer labeled for this purpose and is generally only available for treatment of weeds within certain specified crops and is therefore a discontinued product. Asulox is a very effective post-emergent product allowing for removal of patches of crabgrass within St. Augustine lawns.

Scotts Halts Crabgrass Preventer
Dithiopyr, Prodiamine and Pendimethalin are the active ingredient in a number of manufactured products meant to stop crabgrass before it starts which is why it is call a pre-emergent herbicide. The best way to manage crabgrass is prevent seeds from germinating in your lawn by use of a pre-emergent herbicides. Products containing these active ingredients must be applied, in general depending on soil temperatures, between January 21 and February 15 to be effective; any later then the crabgrass seeds have already germinated.


Broadleaf weeds

Chinchbugs

Sodweb Worms

Grubs

Moles

There are many wives' tales surrounding best practices to get rid of moles some of which involve using Jucy Fruit chewing gum or an old gallon milk jug; these techniques are best left for story telling by jokesters which should include use of peppermint and mothballs. There are available more "serious" solutions of which have left many frustrated by the results and these include spraying your lawn with castor oil based product because moles, in theory, do not like the smell or sonic repellent devices. Also consider that substances or devices meant to drive away moles, if effective, would only push them into your neighbors' lawn which you neighbor would likely push back into your lawn. The only realistic way to get rid of moles is either to kill them or take away the reason why they are in your lawn. Moles love to eat grubs and earthworms. Earthworms are a welcomed guest to lawns because they provide a benefit to your soil. Grubs on the other hand can be a destructive force when their numbers get out of hand as they will eat at the roots of your turf. If you are seeing moles hills and/or tunnels then likely you have abundant earthworms and/or grubs. Get rid of the grubs and likely you will be reducing a component of why moles are in your lawn and at the same time you will also removing one of the creatures feeding on your grass' roots.

Tomcat Mole Killer
This product is scientifically designed and tested to mimic a mole's natural food source, that being earth worms and grubs. It is typically graded as being moderately to very effective in killing moles but is relatively expensive to purchase versus poison peanuts.

Sweeney's Poison Peanuts
The pellets act as bait to attract moles and gophers and if you can get moles to consume them the poison pellets quickly kill them. This product is typically graded as being minimally to somewhat effective as results vary widely and it is common to see the poison pellets pushed back to the surface like a meal rejected by a snub-nosed king. This is a cheaper solution but you may get frustrated with the number of applications you have to make.

Mole Traps
There are available a number of mechanical moles traps for sale. Results will vary but typically the mole traps designed with a spike meant to impale the mole from the top are typically difficult to work with in very sandy soil since the mechanism meant to hold the fixture in place requires the soil to hold but sandy soil does not provide the force necessary to hold the trap like clay soils.

Fireants

Soil pH

Sulfur
Any generic granular sulfer product can be used to decrease soil pH as needed. It is typical that downward adjustment of soil pH using sulfur is relatively temporary requiring retreatment every few months to maintain proper pH.

Dolomite or Limestone
Any generic granular dolomite or limestone product can be used to increase soil pH as needed based on your soil testing.