St Augustine Sod

St Augustine grass is one of the most popular grasses for Florida homeowners, particularly in urban or suburban areas.

ColorDark Green
Look And Feel

Broad leaves
Thick stems
Dense coverage
Coarse texture

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Maintenance Level

Moderately high:

  • Weekly mowing
  • Frequent water
  • Fertilize 2-6/yr
  • Heavy wear must be replaced
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Pests and Disease

Some varieties susceptible to:

  • Chinch bugs
  • Gray leaf spot
Usage recommendations

For areas the need good coverage
Not recommended for heavy wear
Shady lawns

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Advantages

Good for Florida climate
High salt tolerance
Not much sunlight needed

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How it looks and feels

St Augustine has an attractive dark green color and a dense growing pattern that gives excellent coverage.

The texture is hardy and can be coarse because of the thick stems. Leaves are broad.

In winter, it can go dormant and turn brown - though it will recover when the season changes. If you're a winter resident, you may prefer a grass that looks its best in the cold season.

Advantages

St Augustine grass is superbly adapted to the climate in Florida. It thrives in hot, humid conditions and grows in a variety of soils.

It has a high salt tolerance. This is perfect for those in coastal areas.

It doesn’t require much direct sunlight. For a shady lawn, St Augustine grass may be your best bet.

Maintenance level: moderately high

If you choose St Augustine grass, be prepared to carry out regular lawn maintenance. Dry weather days may require frequent watering.

In the summer, you will probably need to mow every week or more in times of rapid growth.

It also requires regular fertilization, 2-6 times a year.

To avoid major damage to your lawn, chinch bugs should be removed as soon as they are detected. Some varieties of St Augustine grass are susceptible to diseases including gray leaf spot.

Usage recommendations

If you expect children to use it as a play area, or have frequent outdoor gatherings, be prepared to replace worn areas with fresh sod. This is why we recommend other grasses other than St Augustine (such as Zoysia) for areas that will experience heavy wear.

Varieties

The most common varieties include:

If you want short grass – like a thick, low pile carpet -- pick Captiva, Palmetto, Sapphire, or Seville. If you want something slightly taller, one of the other two varieties will be better for your lawn.