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
Sedgehammer is a selective herbicide concentrate that targets a variety of stubborn, unwanted weeds including purple and yellow nutsedge, cocklebur, sunflowers, giant ragweed, pigweed, velvetleaf, and horsetail.

Fungus control fungicides
Granular broadcast products
Scotts DiseaseEx
Scotts DiseaseEx Lawn Fungicide offers a formula to cover a wide range of problem lawn diseases. This product is fast acting and continues to control lawns diseases for up to 4 weeks such as common diseases like: Brown Patch, Stem & Stripe Rust, Red Thread, Powdery Mildew, Pythium, Southern & Typhula Blight, Pink Patch, Nercrotic Ring Spot, Summer Patch, Yellow Patch and more.
BioAdvanced (formally Bayer Advanced Fungus Control)
BioAdvanced Fungus Control for Lawns cures and prevents turf damaging diseases and keeps them from invading your lawn. This rainproof formula provides up to 1 month protection against most common lawn diseases, including brown patch, dollar spot, summer patch, rusts and anthracnose.
Water soluble sprayable products
Thiophanate-Methyl (aka T-Methyl)
Thiophanate-methyl (Benzimidazole) is a broad-spectrum systemic fungicide that is absorbed by the roots and leaves of the treated plants. It has both protective and curative action. Thiophanate-methyl forms a protective barrier on plants and permeates the plant and moves upward in the plant's xylem. It has protective activity which includes new growth and it has a good curative activity.
Azoxystrobin is a systemic fungicide and can be used for preventative and curative control of certain common fungal diseases. Once sprayed on a target area, it works through the plant roots and travels throughout the entire plant to suppress fungal growth. Most Azoxystrobin products can control diseases for up to 28 days or more.
Myclobutanil is a systemic fungicide with a broad label. It has both preventative and curative properties and performs well in multiple settings and in different climates. You should use Myclobutanil when you are dealing with diseases on your turf and ornamentals.
Propiconazole is a systemic turf and ornamental broad spectrum fungicide. This broad-spectrum fungicide works on warm season grasses, trees, shrubs and flowers to control diseases such as brown patch, dollar spot, rusts, leafspots, anthracnose, powdery mildew, scabs, blights, necrotic ring spot and more.
Daconil is a contact fungicide wit a broad label.

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.

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.

Amdro is an insecticide commonly used for fire ant control by sprinkling the bait around the fire ant mound.

Soil pH
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.

Broadleaf weeds

Imidacloprid is a systemic, chloro-nicotinyl insecticide that is water soluable therefore applied as a spray. Imidacloprid is a material that is designed to mimic the properties of nicotine, a powerful neurotoxin found naturally in tobacco.  The chemical works by interfering with the transmission of stimuli in the insect nervous system. Specifically, it causes a blockage in a type of neuronal pathway (nicotinergic) that is more abundant in insects than in warm-blooded animals (making the chemical selectively more toxic to insects than warm-blooded animals). This blockage leads to the accumulation of acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter, resulting in the insect's paralysis, and eventually death. It is effective on contact and via stomach action

Arena 0.25 G is a broad spectrum systemic insecticide for insect control in turf grass, ornamentals, interior plantscapes, sod farms and non-bearing fruits and nuts.

Arena Granular Insecticide works both preventively and curatively for superb control of a broad spectrum of insects and white grubs with a single application. The control extends to tough soil and surface feeding insects including European and Northern masked chafer, Japanese Beetles, annual bluegrass weevil, crane fly larvae, and other white grubs, nuisance ants, billbugs and Southern chinch bugs.

Sodweb Worms