Keeping your lawn lush and green year-round in central Florida comes down to proper irrigation, fertilization and choosing the right grass type based on your location. Knowing which one to choose for your lawn depends on how much time and care you want to put into it, as some require more effort than others to thrive. Here is a list of grass types that do well in central Florida.
- St. Augustine is a popular choice because it does well in the heat, is resistant to drought, and has good salt tolerance. It grows in any soil type and spreads and grows with little assistance. However, that does mean you will need to mow your lawn more often. It tolerates shade just as well as sun.
It’s a great choice for homes or business lawns, but not for sport fields because it has a low-wear tolerance. St. Augustine grass is planted by sodding, which helps it establish quickly into your lawn. It does need to be watered well and should be mowed every 7 days in the spring and summer, and every 14 days in winter.
- Bahiagrass is a heat- and drought-tolerant grass that produces a durable, low-maintenance turf. It has a deep root system, which means it can be used in sandy soils. It does require full sun, so keep that in mind when you consider using it for your lawn.
Bahiagrass does not need much fertilization or irrigation, which makes it ideal for homes or businesses with large acreage. In fact, it is sensitive to overwatering. It is best maintained at a height of 3 to 4 inches and requires weekly mowing.
- Bermuda grass, also known as “the devil’s grass”, can be more tricky to maintain. It’s invasive nature requires frequent mowing. It is, however, very drought resistant due to its deep roots. This makes it a good choice for high traffic areas, such as golf courses.
It grows well in most soil types but needs to be watered well and mowed frequently to maintain its health.
Challenger Irrigation is happy to help you choose the best grass type for your lawn needs in Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, and Citrus counties. Please call our office for questions or to schedule an appointment today.