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Floratam St. Augustine

Still a popular grass and most widely used turf in the home lawn in Tampa is Floratam St Augustine. Well adapted to most soils and full sun environments. Floratam is a course textured cultivar with a wide and long leaf blade. Floratam is very popular and does fairly well in most lawns with proper care. The disadvantages to Floratam include poor cold and shade tolerance relative to other St Augustine varieties. Without proper care, as with most St Augustine varieties, it is susceptible to chinch bugs, gray leaf spot, and other turf diseases.

FAQ: Floratam Sod Maintenance

Yes, Floratam sod is known for its durability and can handle moderate foot traffic, making it ideal for lawns.

Floratam has moderate drought tolerance but requires regular watering during prolonged dry periods to maintain its health and color.

To repair damaged areas, remove the affected sod, loosen the soil, and replace it with new Floratam sod. Water thoroughly to help it establish.

The best time to install Floratam sod is during the warmer months, from late spring to early fall, when the grass is actively growing.

Floratam sod prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade. However, excessive shade can lead to thinning and reduced vigor.

Floratam thrives in well-drained, sandy soils with a slightly acidic to neutral pH. Proper soil preparation is essential for healthy growth.

Aerate Floratam sod once a year, preferably in the spring, to reduce soil compaction and improve water and nutrient absorption.

Floratam sod benefits from regular fertilization, typically 3-4 times a year, to maintain its lush green color and overall health.

Floratam has good salt tolerance, making it suitable for coastal areas where it might be exposed to salt spray or brackish water.

To prevent fungal diseases, avoid overwatering, water in the early morning, improve soil drainage, and apply fungicides as a preventive measure during periods of high humidity.