St Augustine Sod
Picking your suitable type of sod grass can be confusing, to say the least. With the great varieties and sub varieties within varieties, it may be a daunting experience choosing the one that suits your lawn needs, lawn budget and be able to thrive excellently in your particular location and its climate. You will need to know more about the sod grass types we have in stock before you can make up your mind. From our many varieties of sod grass we have a type called St Augustine sod popularly known as Charleston grass in certain parts of America such as North Carolina. Here is what you need to know about the turf.
This turf is highly invasive and would eventually crowd out most other grasses and even weeds as it establishes. It, therefore, requires a considerable amount of maintenance to keep it in check. The leaves are coarse in texture and would be broad and flat in appearance.
Characteristics of St Augustine Sod
You will most likely have sent his type of grass on shorelines, and any place with a good measure of moisture such as marsh-lands. Because of this tendency to grow by the water-sides, St Augustine’s sod is highly tolerant of salty environments. In the US, you will most likely enjoy the full benefits of St Augustine sod if you live in the US Department of Agricultural zones 8 and through to 10.
From your lawn sod suppliers, you will find that the cost of sod varies with types and for St Augustine, though a little dearer than Zoysia, the benefits are worth each penny. It only goes dormant in winter, which means that it stops growing and remains in a state, but when in growing seasons, it grows pretty fast.
St Augustine’s most favorable feature is its ability to thrive in a wide range of soils as long as there is a pH level of between 5.0 through 8.5. You may be interested to know that this type particularly suiting in a pasture-land or for ranches, especially, when it blooms. Rivaling Bermuda grass as a lawn grass choice, this type is very much a drought resistant grass.
The grass spreads via a network of stolons above the ground so care must be taken when mowing to ensure non-low mowing.Otherwise, you may damage your sod.
Advantages of Installing St Augustine Sod Grass
- The grass is very tolerant of shade and salt and is a sun grass.
- You will not need to irrigate supplementary especially in spring and then only occasionally in longer arid conditions
- It would quickly cover your ground as it spreads rapidly
- Excellently controls weeds as you can use most herbicides safely without damaging the sod
Disadvantages of Installing St Augustine Sod Grass
- It cannot thrive well in areas where temperatures will go down to below 10oF for a number of hours in a day
- It can easily become chloral-infected as it easily gets affected by iron deficiency
- The grass cannot withstand much trampling and traffic so will suit better those areas least tramped upon
- Because it grows quite fast, there would be more frequent need for mowing of the grass
Some of the herbicides that would work well for St Augustine’s include metsulfuron. There is a requirement, as with any other sod installation, to ensure proper soil preparation before your St Augustine’s sod can be installed. Always apply generous amounts of compost and St Augustine’s is particularly in favor of much fertilizer use. How often to water sod can vary but for this type of sod, at least an inch’s worth of watering is required for the first few weeks before establishment. Thereafter, you have your very drought-resistant sod grass making its way to full growth quite naturally!