St. Augustine Grass Sod
St. Augustine Grass Sod for sale in Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, Prairieville, Gonzales, St. Gabriel, La.
St. Augustine grass is a low growing, dark green grass, with broad, flat blades. It is mainly found in tropical and sub tropical areas along the gulf coast, Caribbean, and Mediterranean. It spreads by stolons, and forms a dense layer, which commonly chokes out most weeds in the lawn and turf. St. Augustine is a medium to high maintenance grass, which requires moderate water and fertilizer. It is also a one of the most shade tolerant grasses available in our region. St. Augustine grass provides a lush green lawn, until frost and is recommended for U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 10.
Types Of St. Augustine Grass Sod
There are multiple types of St. Augustine grass sod used in Louisiana, each having subtle or distinct differences from each other. Here are some of the more popular and widely used varieties.
Classic St. Augustine Grass
Classic St. Augustine Grass Sod has wide blades, a vibrant medium to dark green color, and performs well in both full sun and partial shade. Classic can thrive on 4 – 6 hours of filtered sunlight, and is more cold tolerant than other varieties of St. Augustine. It is a low to medium profile-dwarf which has better disease and insect tolerance than Floratam. The root system is more dense and is a prettier green color. Classic responds well to fertilization and is a superior quality than Floratam. Once established, it requires the same amount of water as unless it is in a shady area.
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Palmetto St. Augustine Grass
St. Augustine Palmetto was discovered by a sod grower in Florida in 1988 and released to the public in 1994. At times, it is called a “semi dwarf” since it has a less lengthy internode and habit than other types of St. Augustine, but it is a bit bigger than the dwarf cultivars. It grows well in partial shade and full sun, but it’s not suitable for dense shade. Palmetto is a native St. Augustine grass cultivar selected for better color and finer texture than ordinary St. Augustine grass. Palmetto St. Augustine grass demonstrates superior shade, cold, frost, heat, and drought tolerance. It can exist on about 3 – 4 hours of direct sunlight per day with filtered sunlight throughout the rest of the day.
Floratam St. Augustine Grass
Floratam St. Augustine grass was released by the Florida and Texas Agricultural Experiment Stations in 1972 as a SAD virus and chinch bug resistant selection. Like other Florida types, Floratam is a vigorous, coarse textured St. Augustine grass variety. Floratam has a purple stigma color and is sterile. Stolons of Floratam are large, purplish-red in color with internodes averaging 3 inches in length. Leaf blades are wider and longer than common St. Augustine grass. The morphological characteristics of Floratam are similar to those of Roselawn St. Augustine grass which is used as a pasture grass on muck soils in south Florida.
Floratam is not as cold tolerant as the common type found in Texas. Its use should be restricted to south Florida and the coastal zones of other southern states. Floratam also lacks the degree of shade tolerance that other St. Augustine grass varieties possess.
CitraBlue St. Augustine
CitraBlue was developed by the University of Florida’s turfgrass breeding program under the direction of Dr. Kevin Kenworthy, in collaboration with plant pathologist Dr. Phil Harmon and entomologist Dr. Adam Dale.
CitraBlue features a distinctive blue-green color with a denser, more compact canopy than Floratam, making it more competitive against weeds. Studies shared at the recent UF/IFAS North Central Florida Turf grass Field Day showed that Citra Blue outperformed Floratam in resisting take all root rot, large patch, and gray leaf spot and exhibited good turf quality under drought conditions longer than Floratam and most other St. Augustine grasses.