Florida is an incredible place to live: warm weather, lakes, and gorgeous beaches are easy to come by. However, that same warm weather makes it difficult for natural grass to flourish. Whether you need a perfectly manicured lawn for your home or business, sod is the best choice.
Sod is grass and part of the soil beneath it that is cultivated on special farms and immediately installed into a new surface. It’s commonly used on golf course and residential yards. Compared to seed, which is difficult to use and can be blown by the wind, eaten by birds, or die in a drought, sod is fully functional within about 30 days of installation and looks incredible. So which are the best options when choosing sod?
You might also hear this grass called Charleston grass in South Carolina. It’s a warm season, perennial grass that’s used widely across Florida and other southern states since it grows easily on a variety of soils.
St. Augustine has a blue-green shade that grows in a coarse, dense manner with wide, long leaf blades. As with any grass, St. Augustine requires regular care and upkeep to avoid chinch bugs and gray leaf spots. The most popular types of St. Augustine are Floratam and Seville, which is more shade tolerant.
This grass is often considered the most beautiful option, because it offers a softer touch with finer textured grass blades. It’s more like grasses found in the north than the common crab grasses of the south. Not only is it attractive, but Zoysia is also drought tolerant, chinch bug resistant, and can tolerate moderate sun. Also, since Zoysia is a slower growing grass, you can get away with mowing every 7-14 days rather than 5-7 days like most other sods.
There are other excellent options like Bermuda and Paspalum grass. With so many reliable sod choices, your Florida property can have the perfect curb appeal.