Choosing an Appropriate Variety of Grass for Tampa Area Lawns

Are you ready to lay new sod on a Tampa area property? Florida’s tropical climate is only appropriate for certain types of grass, but there are still many varieties to choose from. For most Tampa area lawns, St. Augustine, Bermuda, or Zoysia sods are most appropriate, but your particular lawn and maintenance requirements will ultimately decide what grass variety you choose.

The Best Sods for the Tampa Region

There are several different brands of St. Augustine and Bermuda grasses, and we carry a few other types of sods as well. However, we do have our favorites for the Tampa region. 

  1. Scott’s Provista St. Augustine—This strain of St. Augustine grass is hardier, requires less watering, and requires less mowing than other types of St. Augustine turf. It is also weed resistant.
  2. Celebration Bermuda—Some people consider Bermuda grass a weed, but others enjoy having this type of low maintenance and hardy grass. Our favorite type is Celebration Bermuda, which is very drought tolerant, requiring much less watering. 
  3. Empire Zoysa—If you have active children, pets, or other frequent traffic across your lawn, this can be the best option. Zoysa grass is very tolerant of traffic, shade, and salt. It does require weekly mowing, but it stands up to abuse.

Other Things to Consider

There are some other factors that should be considered when you are choosing a turf grass for your property. Assess your property and see how much shade will realistically be on the lawn, how much it will need to be watered or if natural irrigation will work, and the type of soil. If you aren’t sure how to determine these factors, you should enlist the aid of our professionals to guide you.

You also need to consider how much work you are willing to put into your lawn. Do you want to water or mow weekly, or would you rather be able to go a couple of weeks between watering or mowing? This is one of the most important considerations because without proper maintenance, no type of grass is going to thrive.

If you need assistance choosing the best sod for your property, contact us today for assistance.