Do I need an irrigation system for my new grass?

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!

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The Proper way to Fertilize ProVista Sod

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:

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How Long Can My Sod Sit on a Pallet?

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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.

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Are There Organic Lawn Care Programs Out There?

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.

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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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