Bahia grass has been grown in Florida for many years, and has proven to do very well in any soil found throughout the state. It was originally introduced for use in pasture applications. Today, Argentine Bahia is largely found not only in pastures, but also roadsides, commercial, and residential landscaping. Although Bahia may not be as pleasing to the eye as the St. Augustine or Zoysia grasses, it requires less maintenance. Some advantages of Bahia are that it does not require an irrigation system, recovers well from injury, and the only real insect threat to Bahia is mole crickets. Some disadvantages to Bahia are that it grows more vertically, which requires it be mowed more frequently and produces piles of thatch. It does not have a dense, plush mat, produces tall seed heads, and has a thinner blade. The appearance of Bahia can be maintained at acceptable levels if watered during extreme times of heat and drought, fertilized twice a year, and if mole crickets are controlled. The Argentine variety of Bahia, which is grown on site on our family farm, is the most aesthetically pleasing variety with it's smaller seed head and darker green color.
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Floratam is an excellent choice of sod for our environment in Florida. It grows well in sandy soils, which is what is commonly found throughout the state of Florida. It has proven to be the most popular variety of St. Augustine turf grass. It's wide, dark green blade gives instant curb appeal, while making Floratam a good choice for a beautiful lawn for years to come. It requires full sun, but can handle some shade as long as it gets 4-5 hours of full sun per day. It is relatively easy to maintain as long as you control the chinch bugs in the spring and summer months and sod web worms in the late summer and fall months. Floratam is best maintained at 3-3.5 inches and keeps good color in the fall with great Spring green-up. This particular variety, as most St. Augustine grasses, will brown out in a heavy frost, but will recover rather quickly. Floratam has recently received a negative association pertaining to water use; however it does not require the amount of water most people assume. An irrigation system is highly recommended to supplement any lawn with water during dry periods. We do recommend that a professional spray program is implemented on any St. Augustine lawn so that unhealthy situations don't get out of control. All in all, Floratam is an excellent choice of turf grass if you want a more manicured, greener look than Bahia, but still would like a lawn with ease of maintenance.
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Palmetto St. Augustine was discovered in South Florida as a native variety of St. Augustine. Since then, it has been found to be an excellent choice in a lawn that has more shade. Palmetto is also very heat and cold tolerant, will grow in any soil base found in the southern United States, and has a beautiful emerald green color. It has a smaller blade than the Floratam variety and is soft to the touch. Palmetto has been shown to be susceptible to fungus, as most shade tolerant varieties are. Like most St. Augustines, Palmetto is negatively affected by chinch bugs, and a professional spray program is recommended to ensure your lawn's health for years to come. There is research that indicates that Palmetto requires less water than other St. Augustine varieties, but more research would need to be done to guarantee that fact. We do recommend an irrigation system to be in place. All in all, Palmetto is an excellent choice for a lawn with a little too much shade for the Floratam variety.