Types of Florida Grasses
Green lawns and lush landscapes are part of what makes South Florida so uniquely beautiful. From Bermuda grass and St. Augustine grass to types of Bahia grass, these are just some of the many kinds of grass types that keep Florida lawns looking so lush.
Bermuda Grass: Common and Hybrid
Common Bermuda grass is fairly rough textured and more tolerant of drought-like climates than hybrid Bermuda grass. Hybrid Bermuda grass is a bit softer. Light green in color and inexpensive to plant, Bermuda grass is one of the most popular grass varieties. Also, fairly low maintenance, Bermuda grass can withstand intense Florida temperatures without water every day. The roots of Bermuda grass grow very deep, often grown from seeds, plugs, or sod. Bermuda grass stands up under heavy wear, responds well in full sunlight, but can grow quickly to look weed-like. Shade can limit the growth of Bermuda grass.
Drought-resistant, Zoysia grass grows well in full sun and can handle rough, heavy traffic. It does well in partial shade and is soft to medium textured and dark green in color. Plant Zoysia grass in the spring or summer. Grows approximately 1 to 2.5 inches and takes a minimum of two years to grow from sod or plugs to full-grown grass.
St. Augustine Grass
St. Augustine grass does well in warm weather and full sun; it requires a regular watering schedule at two or three times per week, June through August, if your St. Augustine grass is already doing well; if not, it will need even more water. It reaches its growth peak in the summer but slows down during the fall and winter. St. Augustine grass is best suited for low-traffic lawns/turf.
Bahiagrass is hearty and fairly resistant to illness or insects, with the possible exception of mole crickets that can destroy roots. It feels like a thick green carpet to the touch and can handle heavy wear. Resistant to heat, it doesn't need fertilizing regularly. It is low-maintenance and does well in sandy soil.