Four Types of Central Florida Grass:
Below are four popular types of grass in Florida:
- St. Augustine Grass – By far, the most popular choice for lawns in Florida, St. Augustine grass has a broad, flat blade and is nearly a dark bluish-green in color. Planted by sprigs, plugs, or sods, St. Augustine is spread over the ground using stolons or runners. This results in a dense layer of lawn that establishes quickly and thrives beautifully in warm climates. Requiring irrigation to maintain its pristine appearance, St. Augustine can still survive drought and be grown in various soil types. It's best kept mowed to a height of around 3.5 to 4 inches in length.
- Bermuda Grass - Most commonly used for recreational sports fields and golf courses to withstand heavy traffic, Bermuda grass has long, rough edges and is usually greyish-green in color. It grows very well in Florida's hot climate. It has a deep root system that makes Bermuda grass extremely resistant to drought. Bermuda grass can be grown using sprigs or seed and is required to have full sunlight. Bermuda grass forms a solid, dense mat and proliferates in various types of soil. Bermuda Grass is nicknamed "Devil's grass" because it tends to spread into flower beds and gardens aggressively.
- Bahia Grass – Due to its ability to grow in sandy and less fertile soils, Bahia grass is a popular grass choice in Florida. A crab apple green grass, Bahia grass is grown with seeds and produces a solid, dense sod. Very tolerant to dry or drought conditions, Bahia forms a highly extensive root system and a resistance to lawn pests. Bahia does not take well to being overwatered or in too much shade and will withstand moderate traffic.
- Centipede Grass – The most common grass used for Florida lawns, Centipede grass, is ideal for homeowners who desire a low key, low maintenance lawn. Yellowish-green in color, Centipede grass spreads to produce a medium texture by stolons. A slowly growing grass, Centipede allows for a longer time to pass between mows and is drought resistant and able to grow in sandy or mildly acidic soil. While sensitive to over-fertilization, Centipede grass requires little for turf maintenance.
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