Sod Varieties

 

The varieties we carry are:

Centipede, Raleigh & Floratam, which are St. Augustine varieties, 419 Tifway Bermuda and Zoysia.

 

Centipede grass is one of the most popular grasses in the south, due to its low maintenance requirements and its adaptation to low fertility conditions. It has a medium texture and is a slow, low growing creeping grass, with a medium to light green color.

Centipedegrass is well adapted to sandy acidic soil (pH 5 to 6), low fertility and its requirements for fertilization can be met by fertilizing once a year. It is also rather drought tolerant, but not as tolerant to salt as St. Augustinegrass. It grows best in full sun, but with 6 to 6 ½ hours of sun a day, it can tolerate some shade.

Centipedegrass does not go into true dormancy during winter months, so a hard freeze (extended periods of 5 degrees or less) can kill the leaves and young stolons, but the grass usually recovers as soon as favorable temperatures occur.


 

Tifway 419 Bermuda

Tifway 419 Bermudagrass is a hybrid bermudagrass. It has a dark green color, medium fine textured leaves and is dense with a medium to low, rapidly spreading growth habit. It can tolerate close mowing and has adapted to some “brown” water sources. A pH level of between 5.5 to 7.0 is the level at which Tifway grows best.

Tifway is used on, sports fields, golf courses and lawns. It establishes quickly when planted and recuperates the best of all warm season turfgrasses. Tifway grows best in warm climates and may become dormant after winter frosts, but will recover when temperatures become favorable.



Argentine Bahiagrass is used for pasture purposes, due to its forage production qualities, but is also acceptable for lawn use in some instances. It has a coarse leaf texture, dark green in color and is a relatively dense sod. It tolerates some cold temperatures and has a good resistance to disease and common insects. Argentine Bahiagrass also grows well in sandy, infertile soil and is drought tolerant.


 

Zoysiagrass

Zoysiagrass is becoming popular throughout the south. It has a medium, dark-green color and a medium to coarse texture. Zoysia has a good cold tolerance, will tolerate some shade, is resistant to traffic and relatively resistant to common insects and disease.

Zoysia is slower growing, than other warm season grasses and is a dense turf, which helps with some weed control. These two attributes contribute to its low maintenance.


 

Floratam

Florida and Texas Agricultural Experiment Stations released the St. Augustinegrass cultivar, Floratam, in 1972. It is resistant to the SAD virus and chinch bugs. It is also tolerant to brown patch. Floratam is coarse textured, the stolons are large, leaf blades are wider and longer than other St. Augustine varieties and is the most drought tolerant.

 

Raliegh

In 1980, Raleigh St. Augustinegrass was released by North Carolina Experiment Station. It is a cold-hardy cultivar, is medium green in color and has a coarse texture. Raleigh is finer textured than Floratam and is also more shade tolerant.


 

Captiva

Captiva is a newly developed St. Augustinegrass, developed by a University of Florida researcher, Dr. Russell Nagata. It is a semi-dwarf St. Augustinegrass, has a dark green color with a smooth textured leaf. Captiva will tolerate shade and its slow leaf blade growth means less mowing.

Captiva is the first St. Augustine variety, with resistance to the Southern Chinch Bug, that is available, since the development of Floratam.


 

Remember these are all warm-season turfgrasses, so they are green in the summer and brown (dormant) in the winter.

 

Delivery and Pick-up Options Available

You can purchase any quantity – pieces or pallets. The pallets are 500 sq. ft., unless a different quantity, per pallet is specified. The pieces are 16 inches by 24 inches. But we do not carry plugs.