Why Choose Floratam St. Augustine Grass Sod for Your Next Project?
Call us at 281-431-7441. You may be unsure about the grass variety that’s best for your project, and this video and others we’ve done to describe our grass varieties will hopefully help you make the right choice. Some of the factors that you should consider in picking a grass sod are appearance, shade tolerance, traffic tolerance, cold tolerance, the amount of care the grass needs, disease resistance, and price. Houston Grass South Owner Michael Romine talks about those factors for Floratam St. Augustine grass in this video.
This is a summary of Michael’s video on Floratam St. Augustine grass.
Floratam Grass Density
This is a talk about the patch of Floratam St. Augustine grass that I’m kneeling in. Floratam is certainly the coarsest of the three St. Augustine grasses, if you compare it to the Raleigh and the Palmetto. If you’re looking at the grass blades, it’s got the thickest blade of grass. But if you were looking at a stem, if you pulled up a stem of grass, you would also note that there are not as many blades on it. So it’s not quite as dense as the Raleigh. And the Palmetto, of course, is the most dense of the three. That said, it’s still a fine looking grass that will add to the value of your home for many years to come.
Floratam Grass Disease and Insect Resistance
One of the greatest advantages of Floratam St. Augustine, when you’re comparing the three St. Augustine varieties, is that it resists the brown patch, the ugly dead circles that you get in, usually, the fall. This particular grass resists the brown patch and that’s one less worry, as far as things that can go wrong in your lawn. You don’t get those ugly brown circles. That’s certainly something to keep in mind. When they came out with it years and years ago, it resisted all types of chinch bugs, which is another problem that St. Augustines have. Chinch bugs appear in the summer time, sometimes when it gets real hot. But the Floratam resists most types of chinch bugs. Like I was saying, when they came out with it years ago, it resisted all types. But now years and years have gone by, there are new types of chinch bugs. And they have found that there are certain types of chinch bugs that can attack the Floratam.
Floratam Grass Cold Tolerance
I guess the most notable thing that needs to be kept in mind about the Floratam St. Augustine is that we don’t sell it north of Interstate 10, because it lacks real good cold tolerance. As a matter of fact, our family farm sends most of the Floratam St. Augustine that we grow down to the Corpus Christi area. And again, we won’t sell it north of Interstate 10 because the lack of cold tolerance can be an issue.
Floratam Grass Watering Needs
As far as watering requirements, I would say it’s similar to the rest of these grasses. It needs one inch of water per week during the growing season and one inch every two weeks during the winter months. If the water’s not falling out of the sky, you should water Floratam St. Augustine grass twice a week. Two one-half-inch waterings, whether it’s out of a hose or your irrigation system. Two waterings a week is better than one because you don’t get the run-off. If you water four hours straight, you’re going to get water running over your curb and not quite as good of absorption as you are if you do two smaller waterings. So that’s something to keep in mind.
Floratam Grass Mowing Requirements
Just like the rest of the grasses out here, this grass has to be mowed at least once a week. It’s another fast grower during the growing season. Minimum, every seven days, it’s got to be mowed. Ideally, you would mow it more like every four or five days. That would be better. The rule of thumb is you never want to cut off more than one-third of the leaf in any one mowing. So again, seven days. That’s kind of the maximum interval for for mowing that will keep you from cutting off more of the grass than you should. Four or five days is better. You could keep the grass a little bit shorter if you wanted to, if you were mowing every four or five days. Whereas once every seven days, you’re going to have to keep it that three and a half, four inches, or you’re going to be cutting too much off at once.
Floratam Grass Sunlight Needs
As far as sunlight requirements, the Floratam St. Augustine grass does have pretty good shade tolerance. The Bermuda grasses need 100% sunlight. The Palmetto can subsist on about four or five hours of direct sunlight per day. The Floratam is right there between the Raleigh and the Palmetto somewhere, as far as its sunlight requirements. It can survive in a little bit of shade. I wouldn’t go planting it underneath any 50 year old oak trees or you would be disappointed. But again, the Floratam St. Augustine can be a good option if you like the positive attributes; the fact that the chinch bug resistance and the brown patch resistance, and you live, certainly, south of I-10. The further south and the closer to the Gulf of Mexico, the better I would say, as far as the Floratam goes though.
Our office is located in Arcola, TX and only a few miles east of Sienna Plantation. We’re just off Highway 6 on McKeever Road. At our office we have sample plots of all the grass varieties we sell, so you can barefoot-test your grass before you buy. You can pick up your grass at our office or we can deliver your grass to your project area anywhere around Houston and around Texas too.
Houston Grass South gets its grass sod from our family farm in Bay City, Texas, where we’ve been in the grass business since 1981. Our focus has been on growing the highest quality grass possible, and we deliver that quality at very competitive prices. Call us today at 281-431-7441 or sent us your questions through our contact form.