When choosing the best sod for your lawn, you’ll be surprised at the number of options available. Each variety of sod performs best in different situations, so choosing one just because you like the way it looks isn’t a great strategy. Our team of sod experts here at Council Growers Sod can help you select the ideal sod for your yard’s soil, sunlight, and moisture conditions. We offer several varieties of sod to meet every homeowner’s needs, including: Empire Zoysia Many Floridians consider Zoysiagrass to be the gold standard for Sunshine State lawns, and Empire is the best of them all. Empire Zoysia grows slowly and evenly, reducing your required mows to just once every 1-2 weeks in the summer months. It’s also drought and chinch bug resistant. The fine blades of grass grown with Empire feel great under bare feet and hold up to traffic well, making it a superb choice for yards that get heavy use.
One of the best things about Scotts ProVista St. Augustine grass is how amazing it looks all year long. With proper care and maintenance, your ProVista lawn will stay green and lush throughout all of Florida’s seasons. After dealing with the scorching heat and bright sun during summer here in the Sunshine State, your ProVista lawn needs some special attention as fall begins. Fertilization Florida’s extremely hot summers can suck the life out of your lawn, so it’s important to replenish its nutrients in early autumn to avoid excessive or early browning as the temperature drops. Scotts recommends using their nitrogen-rich Southern Triple Action fertilizer as autumn begins, which is designed specifically for southern lawns. This fertilizer also knocks out any ant infestations in your yard and reduces the growth of cool weather weeds.
Many factors come into play when deciding what type of sod to purchase for your new lawn. Watering, fertilization, and mowing requirements are all important to consider if you want your lawn to look its best. But, one thing that is often overlooked until it is too late is your new lawn’s sunlight requirements. For years, homeowners have dealt with uneven growth in sunny and shady areas of their lawns, or even been forced to use two different types of grass to keep the entire yard lush and green. This is an even bigger problem here in Florida, where lawns often stay active and green all year, and there’s no colder dormant season to slow down grass growing in sunny areas.
If you want a lawn that turns your neighbors green with envy, Scotts ProVista St. Augustine sod is an excellent choice. ProVista has decades of research dedicated to its development, building on the superior Floratam genetics that St. Augustine grass fanatics love. A new Scotts ProVista lawn is an investment in your home’s curb appeal that can actually raise the value of your property. By learning the basics of watering, mowing, and fertilizing your ProVista lawn, you’ll keep that investment looking great all year long. Watering You should water your ProVista lawn with ¾” of water coverage spread evenly over the entire area. Water once per week for most of the year, but increase to twice per week during the hottest summer months. Be careful not to over-water your lawn, as this can lead to disease and fungus growth. We highly recommend installing an automatic sprinkler system to make sure your ProVista lawn gets exactly the right amount of water.
St. Augustine grass is a mainstay here in Florida. Scott’s new ProVista St. Augustine sod is the next generation of St. Augustine grass, providing even more benefits than traditional St. Augustine floratam. Available only here in the Sunshine State, ProVista promises to deliver a uniformly green, dense, lush lawn with minimal effort. Council Growers Sod is proud to sell this revolutionary St. Augustine sod. It’s designed perfectly for the Florida climate, ensuring our customers will be 100% satisfied with their newly sodded lawn. How is ProVista better than traditional St. Augustine grass? Specifically engineered to thrive in the hot Florida sun, Scott’s ProVista St. Augustine sod: Saves on mowing costs For just a small premium per square foot, you’ll enjoy dense, thick, slow-growing St. Augustine grass that requires 50% less mowing. That’s 50% more time with your family, 50% less back-breaking work, and 50% less ozone-damaging carbon released into the air. To sum it up monetarily, it adds up to an estimated $1,800 per acre per year in savings! This makes the upfront investment well worth it after only a short time.
Scotts ProVista St. Augustine grass is perfect for Florida’s weather. It thrives in our intense sun and smothering humidity. Even though ProVista is tough enough for a Florida summer, it still needs regular watering to look its best. Lucky for homeowners making the cost-effective switch to ProVista, there is really no learning curve when learning how to water properly. The same guidelines used for traditional St. Augustine floratam can be followed with ProVista. During the hottest summer months, water your lawn at least twice per week. Provide ¾” of water during each watering session, penetrating deeply and spread evenly out across the entire lawn. From late fall to early spring, watering may only be required once per week, in the same ¾” amount. Avoid watering during a period of rain or immediately after applying fertilizer.
Now that you’ve got that gorgeous new sod installed, it’s all about keeping it looking great. After buying the sod, you may be tempted to cut costs by skipping the automatic sprinklers and watering everything by hand instead. Don’t do it! Automatic sprinklers protect your investment and keep your yard looking healthy and green all year. Automatic sprinkler systems are worth the extra cost because: They keep your lawn beautiful all year. You don’t have to settle for a brown, patchy lawn during the hotter months of the year. Adequate watering at the proper time is essential to keeping your grass green, rich, and dense all year long. You paid a lot for that lawn, so give your investment the care it needs to look its best!
One of the beautiful things about Scotts ProVista St. Augustine sod is that it uses 20% less fertilizer when properly maintained. If you are looking at fertilizing several acres of lawn, 20% less fertilizer can add up to a lot of savings each year. Once your sod has established roots, usually 4-6 weeks after installation, you’ll want to start fertilizing on a schedule. Fertilize your Scotts ProVista St. Augustine lawn three times each year, in the early spring, early summer, and mid to late fall. Keeping Tampa area fertilizer restrictions in mind, be sure to apply the summer fertilizer before June 1 each year, and don’t apply the fall fertilizer until after September 30. Scotts recommends the following schedule and products:
Purchasing enough sod to redo your entire lawn can be a hefty investment. The last thing you’d want is for all that rich green sod to wilt and die before you even lay it down. Timing the delivery of your sod is crucial to prevent stress on the grass. Receiving it too early will leave it vulnerable to heat and drying out while receiving it too late will throw your project schedule off. Whether it’s early or late, ill-timed delivery of sod takes cash right out of your pocket. So when exactly should you schedule that delivery? The answer is somewhat straightforward. In most cases, don’t allow your pallets of sod to sit for any longer than 24 hours from being picked to being installed, and that’s assuming ideal conditions. Choose a cooler, overcast day for sod installation if possible, as this reduces the stress on the grass. If the weather is exceptionally hot or dry, be sure to install the sod as soon as it arrives and moisten the area where you intend to put it before laying it down.
Organic is a buzzword we hear everywhere these days. Everything from our food to our clothes to our bed sheets is branded as organic. But what about your lawn? Is it even possible to have a healthy, dense, weed and pest-free lawn with no pesticides or herbicides? Do organic lawn care programs even exist? The answer is a resounding yes! Organic lawn care is becoming the standard for a beautiful yet environmentally-conscious landscape. The keys to making organic lawn care work in your yard are to conduct a soil test, choose a native or organic grass sod when first installing your lawn, fertilizing with compost or organic fertilizers, and using organic pesticide and herbicide solutions only as needed.