If you know anything about grass, you know this: there are a lot of types of grasses. When it’s time to kick up your lawn care and start new growth, how do you decide which type is right for you? Well, if you live in a southern state you know you need a warm-season grass, but which one?
These types of grasses are referred to as southern grasses because they thrive in warm states and lack the cold-weather hardiness of cool-season grasses. If you’re not sure whether or not you live in a state where warm-season grass is appropriate, or if you live in the tricky transitional grow zone, this map (under Turfgrass Types) can be helpful in deciding what types of grass will do well in your area.
So, you’ve determined that you live in a southern state, you need a warm-season type of grass, and St. Augustine is the type of grass you’ve decided to grow. St. Augustine grass comes in several different varieties, including:
Florida Palmetto grass is the type of grass you should choose if you live in a coastal or an island area. This type of grass likes full sun to partial shade, and it has an excellent green color. Florida Palmetto grass has a fine, soft texture, which makes for lower maintenance lawn care because it is resistant to thatch build-up and chinch bugs. While Florida Palmetto grass definitely prefers the warm weather, it is more cold-weather hardy than other types of grasses in the St. Augustine family. It can withstand temperatures as low as five degrees without showing too many signs of stress. Because this type of grass grows a massive root system beneath the soil, it requires less water to survive and thrive. A large root system means two things: less intensive lawn care, and more drought tolerance. Under the right conditions, and with a lawn care routine that is appropriate to this variety of St. Augustine grass, including the use of liquid lawn care products, you will have a beautiful, lush, green lawn.
If Florida Palmetto grass sounds like a dream, you’re not wrong. But it’s essential to make sure that your location has the appropriate growing conditions. While it is more drought-tolerant and has excellent resistance to bugs and thatch, it is still a living organism that needs maintenance through proper lawn care. The use of liquid lawn care products can make your lawn care routine easy and keep your Florida Palmetto grass as happy as it can be.
Not unlike other types of grass, there are some lawn care steps you can take before you seed with Florida Palmetto grass to ensure the best start to a lush lawn full of turfgrass. Liquid lawn care is the most efficient way to achieve this. Before planting grass, the first step is to perform a soil test that you can purchase at your local home improvement store. After you get the results and correct any issues that you may have at the base of your lawn, you should aerate your lawn using liquid lawn care soil loosener. The best time to fertilize your lawn is after aeration, so use liquid lawn care grass food that’s high in nitrogen to promote the growth of your Florida Palmetto grass seed.
Following the pre-lawn care steps mentioned above, you’re ready to seed your lawn with your Florida Palmetto grass seed variety.
Now that your Florida Palmetto grass has established itself, your lawn care will now include:
When it comes to feeding your grass, there are a couple of different products you can use; granular or liquid. We recommend liquid lawn care for these reasons:
Starting a new lawn can be a long, tedious process. From choosing your subspecies and variety of grass to maintaining the green through regular lawn care, it’s a chore that if you don’t stay on top of, things can quickly get out of control. But, a beautiful lawn that is the envy of the town is your reward for all the hard work you put into maintaining that yard. We at Simple Lawn Solutions are here to help you achieve your lawn care goals!
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