St. Augustine recovery
Last summer, in the fierce summer heat, we lost chunks of our St. Augustine lawn. In the past, the spring rains just spurred regrowth that filled in the dead patches. But this year we've had a serious drought. The patches of dead grass aren't going away.
I'm wondering if I should be clearing out the dead vines in those patches, which are at least half an inch thick in places, to better allow new growth to spread and root directly in the soil. What I have is what up north one would call "thatch". Down here we never worry about thatch, because the dead grass just self-composts. But not this year.
So, for those of you who are familiar with St. Augustine and Central Texas heat ... clear or not to clear? Clearing those vines is not a huge amount of work, actually. The dead vines pull away pretty easily. BTW, the lawn is vigorous everywhere else.