Seasonal Guide for Caring for a ProVista Lawn

Once you’ve decided to go with Scotts ProVista St. Augustine sod for your new lawn, you’ll want to protect that investment by following the recommended care plan. Caring for ProVista St. Augustine sod is very similar to traditional St. Augustine floratam. However, ProVista is designed to require less mowing, less fertilizer, and less weed control. Follow these guidelines to keep your Scotts ProVista St. Augustine lawn beautiful through all the seasons. Best time to install St. Augustine sod establishes quickest in temperatures between 80°F and 100°F. Here in Florida, the best time to install your new ProVista sod is from late spring to early fall. Always lay down your sod early in the morning and within 24 hours of harvest.

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Benefits of Natural Lawn for You and the Environment

Everyone wants a lush, green lawn that is the envy of the entire block. Nothing else has quite the feel of thick, full grass under your feet. But did you know that there are more benefits to using natural grass than just making the neighbors jealous? Natural lawns are easier to care for, thrive better, and are good for the environment. Cuts Air Pollution So grass can do more than just grow? Yes, much more. Grass, just like any plant, produces life-giving oxygen and traps carbon dioxide, the main climate change culprit. That carbon dioxide is then sequestered into the soil, converting into organic matter that is used to grow more…you guessed it…grass! In fact, a 50 square foot lawn makes enough oxygen for a family of four to breathe every day.

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Can I Load a Pallet of Sod Into my Car or SUV?

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The short answer is no. The long answer depends on your vehicle’s payload, but even though it still may be best not to. “But it’s just some grass…how heavy can it be?” An average pallet of sod can weigh anywhere from 3,000 to 4,000 pounds, and if it has rained recently, it can weigh even more! This is why it is so important to plan how you intend to transport your newly purchased sod ahead of time. A car or SUV, no matter the size, is simply not equipped to haul anything of this weight. Many pickup trucks cannot handle this much weight either. “I’m not convinced….” Still, think your Explorer can handle it? First, check out its payload rating. That’s what tells you how much weight your vehicle can carry, including all passengers and cargo. This is different from your vehicle’s towing capacity, which is how much weight your vehicle can pull behind it.

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Top 5 Types of Grass for Optimal Performance in Hot, Summer Months

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If you could describe Florida (or the entire Southeast US) in two words, they would be hot and humid. Lawns are under constant assault by harsh weather conditions, ranging from mildly droughty to moist, oppressive heat. So when you’re spending thousands on landscaping to have the nicest yard on the block, you want to make sure the grass types you choose will stand up to the elements. Here are our top 5 types of grass that thrive in the blistering hot Florida sun.  St. Augustine Grass St. Augustine grass is the gold standard for grass in Florida and flourishes in many Floridian yards, near the coast and further inland. With origins in the Gulf of Mexico, this native grass blossoms under both extreme heat and milder temps. This coarse-leaf grass comes in colors from medium green to blue-green.  It is the most shade tolerant of all the warm-season turfgrass and holds up well to moderate traffic. It will even stay green through the winter months with minimal water, but it needs good air circulation to prevent disease. 

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Natural Turfgrass Reduces Athlete Injuries Compared to Synthetic

When you think of ways to prevent athlete injuries, what comes to mind? Maybe better protective equipment, restricting practice time to avoid overexertion, or more training on proper body mechanics? While all of these things are important, there’s one significant way to prevent athlete injuries that is right under your nose and feet! It’s natural turfgrass. There are many advantages of natural vs. synthetic turf grass in sports: reduced injuries and a safer playing environment. Athletes can sustain a variety of injuries while playing on synthetic turf. Some include: Burns, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke Increased lower extremity injuries Physical exhaustion related to fatigue Increased concussions Increased non-contact injuries Exposure to known carcinogens MRSA and other bacterial infections Choosing the right turfgrass also depends on the athletic venue. 

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Why Choose Natural Turfgrass for Your Yard?

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Pros and Cons of Artificial Turf Pros: No need to mow– We all love our weekends, and this gives us that time back.  Artificial will require raking and regularly blowing. No allergy issues– Those of us plagued with allergy concerns may be able to avoid this issue, at least with grass allergies. Works well in the shade– In that super shady spot in the yard, this grass will do much better than traditional turf.

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Combating Chinch Bugs in St. Augustine Grass

Chinch bugs are the nemesis of Florida homeowners who want to achieve a lush, green lawn. This is especially true for homeowners with St. Augustine sod. Chinch bugs invade St. Augustine grass and quickly cause widespread damage if they’re not stopped in their tracks. Here’s what you need to know about these elusive pests and how to stop them.  What Is the Chinch Bug? Is your grass turning yellow or reddish-brown? If so, it could be under attack by chinch bugs. These incredibly tiny bugs are difficult to spot, but the damage they cause is obvious. Chinch bugs only measure about ⅕” long with black bodies and white wings across their backs.  Unfortunately, they view your lawn as their dinner, so even if you cut, water, and fertilize your sod exactly as you should, chinch bugs can still cause trouble. They will suck your grass blades dry and inject a poison that kills the blades. This tends to cause damage in patches that end up looking like they are suffering from drought. A professional pest control service is the best way to stop chinch bugs in their tracks. 

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What You Should Know About Sod and the Florida Environment

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The Florida climate presents unique benefits and challenges when installing and nurturing sod.  It’s important to understand how the Florida environment impacts sod so that you can take the right measures to protect your sod and encourage lasting growth.  Protect Your New Sod from Disease Even in a well-established lawn, humidity and heat can be a breeding ground for fungal disease. New sod is especially susceptible because it does not have established roots. There isn’t anything you can do about the level of humidity in the Tampa area, but there are some things you can do to try to protect your grass. First, remove large tree branches or other unnecessary landscaping elements. This will allow more airflow to get to the grass. This airflow keeps the grass drier, which prevents the formation of fungal diseases. You should also avoid extra watering of your sod during this time of year.

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Best Sod for Outdoor Sports

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It’s not just residential homes that need sod; it’s sports fields and stadiums as well. Many professional and collegiate stadiums have made headlines by investing in sod over grass seed or artificial turf.  Choosing the right blends of grass can greatly affect the results you achieve in your fields. For example, while blends that include Kentucky Bluegrass and ryegrass are often preferred in cool-season zones, these kinds of sod blends aren’t generally considered to be appropriate in hot or humid climates like Florida.  For this reason, many stadiums and sports fields prefer to take advantage of the unique benefits of Bermudagrass.  Bermudagrass Bermudagrass is a fan favorite for outdoor sports because it has the beautiful appearance of golf course grass. Bermudagrass is perhaps most famously used on the field at Bucks’ stadium. This type of sod offers many important benefits that make it perfect for outdoor sports, including golf, baseball, football, and more, especially in hot, humid southern states like Florida. 

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