Choosing the right grass for your yard.
The primary consideration for this choice is do you have an irrigation system to water your investment.
If you have a do, there are a few types of grass you can choose from. St. Augustine Floratam and Palmatto and Empire Zoysia are the most used grasses for homes in Florida.
If you do not have an irrigation system, then Bahia is your best option.
Bahia is generally a mix of Pensacola and Argentine grasses. It needs full sun, is a good ground cover, drought and bug resistant. Bahia is usually more difficult to lay as it typically comes on a sand base which causes pieces to crumble. A Bahia lawn can look very nice if you fertilize and weed treat a couple times a year.
Water Bahia daily first weed it in laid, then once or twice a week. Mow 1-2 inches in height.
St. Augustine grasses
St. Augustine grasses are more expensive than the Bahia. It is a dense grass with wide blades. It grows to a good 2-4 inches and medium to dark green in color. It is easy to lay and is a very pretty yard. St. Augustine grasses are prone to bug damage and must be treated regularly with a pest control. It should be fertilized twice a year in early spring and fall. A slow release nitrogen fertilizer is recommended in the spring.
St Augustine Floratam
St Augustine Floratam should be watered daily when first installed, then twice a week. Needs bug control applied immediately after laid. May need it monthly during the summer. Apply fertilizer twice a year. Mow 2-4 inches in height.
St. Augustine Palmetto
The St. Augustine Palmetto is a shade tolerant variety. It only requires 3-4 hours of sunlight daily. The best time to plant is October – April. It is prone to fungus problems in the rainy season.
Water daily when first installed, then as needed to maintain wide blade. In summer during the rains, be very careful how much you water. Many lawns do not require watering do to the amount of rain they get. Fertilize twice a year and apply bug control. During the summer you may need to apply bug control monthly. Mow 2-4 inches in height.
Empire Zoysia is a dense grass with a thinner blade and lighter green in color. It is a slow growing grass and has a softer feel to it. Needs a lot of water when first laid and grows shorter than the St. Augustine and Bahia. It goes dormant in the winter and greens up in the spring. Does require fertilizer and pest control. Zoysia is considered in the Bermuda grasses. Things that work on Bermuda generally work on Zoysia. Water daily when first installed, then twice a week. Mow 1-2 inches in height. Fertilize twice a year and apply bug control.
We also carry Celebration Bermuda and Tiffway 419 Bermuda. These are special order grasses.