05 May 2013

Tallahassee Lawn Sevices: Best sod for Tallahassee Lawns

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If you traveled across the United States, you would see different types of grass flourishing in different areas of the country – from the bluegrass of the Midwest to ryegrass in the cold New England states. North Florida has its own climate and soil – cold winters, humid summers, sandy soil – and many of my customers want the grass that is right for their lawn. The choice of sod for your yard depends on how much shade and water retention there is as well as type of soil. Even the best sods for the Southern states have both pros and cons. Here is a guide to help you get started, but it is always best to consult an expert and have them come out and see your lawn before spending money on the wrong type of sod for your environment.

centipede Grass

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Centipede grows well in North Florida

Needs to be cut 1″ to 1 ½”

Pros:

– Low maintenance, slow growing grass

– Does not need as much water as other types of grass

Cons:

– Poor in high traffic areas because it does not have thick root system

-Grows poor in the shade

Some different types of centipede grass work better on high traffic areas. These includeTennessee Hardy, Oak Lawn, and Centennial.

 

St. Augustine

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St. Augustine Grass is very common for local lawns

Needs to be cut 2.5″ to 3”

Pros:

– Minimum upkeep

– Grows great in shade with part sun.

– Thick and hardy turf

– good in high traffic areas

– Thick root system

– Grows so thick, it can choke out weeds.

Cons:

– Highly sensitive to herbicide sprays and other chemicals for use on lawns so this type of grass would be better to pull weeds up by hand.

-Susceptible to fungi and bugs

 

Bahia grass Tallahassee_lawns_Bahiagrass Bahia grass With Proper Maintenance can become chinch bug resistant

Needs to be cut 2.5″ to 3” –

Pros:

– low maintenance

– drought tolerant

– grows in sandy soils

– Not much water or fertilizing is needed

Cons –

– Susceptible to mole crickets and leaf yellowing.

– Does not thrive in the shade.

– Not good for high traffic areas.

 

 Bermuda Grass

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Bermuda Grass is typically found on Golf Course Putting Greens

Needs to be cut ½” to 1 ½”

Pros:

– survives in dry conditions,

– grows best in heavy rainfall

– grows well in poor soil

– Deep root system,

– Great on high traffic areas because it recovers quickly

Cons:

– Susceptible to nematodes

– Does not thrive in the shade

– Goes dormant in lower temperatures (50-60 Degrees)

 Zoysia Grass

 Tallahassee_lawns_ZoysiaZoysia Grass is becoming more popular in North Florida lawns

 

Needs to be cut 1″ to 2” –

Pros:

– Slow growing grass,

– Grows well in the shade,

– Drought tolerant

– Wear tolerant

– Pest resistant

-Commonly used on golf courses and baseball fields

Cons:

– Not good on drained areas because it is designed to consume moisture.

 

My name is Travis Poppell, owner of Tallahassee Lawn Services. We specialize in lawn maintenance, shrub and turf care, tree and hedge trimming, weed removal, drainage work and pressure washing. As a family owned and operated business, Tallahassee Lawn Services wants to make our hometown greener. If you have questions about lawn care or need a trusted name to care for your yard, give Travis a call at (850) 766-8370 for a free consultation or contact Tallahassee Lawn Services

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2 Responses to Tallahassee Lawn Sevices: Best sod for Tallahassee Lawns
  1. Nice share, worked great on my blog.

  2. It’s hard to come by educated people in this particular topic,
    however, you sound like you know what you’re talking about!
    Thanks


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