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We have gathered some helpful tips in laying your sod down. To the right are some types of sods that are good ground cover in Florida.
St. Augustine Grass
The most commonly planted turf-grass in Florida for home lawns and commercial properties. It is also used in Texas and other areas of the southern United States. The Advantages of St. Augustine Grass is that it adapts well to most soils in florida climate.
Floratam is probably one of the most common turf grasses used in Northeast Florida, as it was specifically designed for Florida's climate. This grass thrives in direct sun and provides an attractive, plush looking lawn with a blue-green hue.
Palmetto forms a thick lawn with slightly smaller leaf blades (8-9mm) with a dark emerald green color. An aggressive grass, Palmetto recovers from moderate traffic relatively quickly from above ground runners. With a massive root system, Palmetto is the most shade tolerant grass.
Bahiagrass forms an extensive root system, which makes it one of our most drought-tolerant grasses. It performs well in infertile, sandy soils and does not require high inputs of fertilizers. It does not form excessive thatch. It may be grown from seed, which is abundant and relatively cheap.
1. Storage - Sod should be stored in a shaded area and/or covered when possible. Lightly mist the pallet of sod during the course of the installation.
2. Ground Preparation - Examine the soil and overall suitability of the site. A soil test should be done in order to add proper fertilizer types and amounts. The area should be roto-tilled.
3. Finished Grade -The final grade should be smooth, and level where possible.
4. Direction and Patterns - Start by laying the sod with the "long" edge of the sod running with the length of the site (if the site is not drastically sloped). A sidewalk may be used as a starting point, if it’s long and straight.
5. Joining Sod Pieces - The ends of the sod must be staggered-like cement blocks in a wall. This prevents the sod from sagging downhill on slopes, and helps the ends from drying out as well. Staggered ends also allow the sod pieces to "disappear" more quickly.
6. Irrigation - Water the sod afterward. Remember, sod is a full turf cover, with only ½ to ¾” of soil with shallow roots.
Different Type of Sod in Florida
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