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Types of Florida Grasses and How to Care for Them
Tampa lawn care experts keep your grass looking green and healthy all year long
Florida has a unique climate. It’s one that sends millions of people here every year, but it’s also one that can make lawn maintenance a bit challenging. At times, the weather is soggy with rain, and at others, the landscape is begging for a drop of water. The soil is sandy, salt is abundant, and the heat is nearly non-stop. If you want to grow a lush, green lawn, you need to know what types of grass can thrive under these conditions, and you need to know the special care that these grasses need.
The Tampa lawn care experts at Keepers of the Green know exactly what care is needed to get your grass to thrive. We offer a variety of lawn care services, including fertilizing, aerating, and treating pests and yard diseases. We can have your grass looking vibrant and beautiful all year long.
What are the common grass types for the Tampa area?
Before you know how to take care of your grass, you need to know what type of grass you have. If you learn that you have the wrong grass for the conditions in your yard, you’ll need to select a grass type that will better perform under those conditions. All of this requires knowing a little about the grass types common to the area. Fortunately, we’re the experts on this, so you don’t have to be.
Common Florida grass types:
- Augustine. This thick, blue-green grass loves the sun and is resistant to drought and high salt concentrations, but it can’t survive under too much shade and it’s vulnerable to SAD virus and chinch bugs.St. Augustine grass is common in Florida lawns.
- Bermuda. A green-gray grass, Bermuda is resistant to drought, weeds, and heavy foot traffic, but it’s sensitive to shade and cold temperatures. It also spreads quickly.
- Bahiagrass. Perfect for the Florida climate, this grass loves hot and dry weather and thrives in sandy soil. However, it can be taken over by weeds easily and is vulnerable with overwatering.
- Centipede. This low-maintenance grass performs best in the shade, but it is vulnerable to foot traffic, salt, and pests. It also needs a lot of fertilizing to maintain its bright color.
- Buffalo. Another blue-green grass, buffalo grass can stand high temperatures and grow in all kinds of soil, but it is vulnerable to over-watering, heavy traffic, and shade.
- Zoysia. The dark green grass is beautiful, and it grows well with lots of sun. It can withstand drought, heavy traffic, and a lot of diseases, and it can handle some shade. It doesn’t require much fertilizing, and it keeps out most weeds.
Our lawn care experts will assess the conditions of your lawn to determine whether you have the right grass growing there or whether you should consider sod or seed with another grass type. If you have the right type, we’ll develop a care plan that will help it thrive.
The right care for Florida lawns
Our lawn experts will determine the health and pH of your soil, the sun and shade that your lawn receives, the foot traffic, and the presence or susceptibility of any diseases in your lawn when determining the right plan of care for your grass. Our recommendations might include tree pruning, removal of diseased plants, soil amendments, fertilizing, creating dedicated pathways, or even planting of two or more grass types at a time to deal with fluctuations in weather.
Our goal is to help you get the lush, beautiful lawn that you want so that you can enjoy it all year long. We’ll share ways to reduce your maintenance, and we’ll help you create a healthy ecosystem for your other plants, shrubs, and trees.
Contact the Florida lawn experts to get the thick, green grass you want all year long
Taking care of your lawn not only improves the ecosystem on your property, but it also improves the value of your property by elevating your home’s curb appeal. Good lawn care is an investment. It also helps you to create a welcoming environment for your family and your guests. Call Keepers of the Green today at (813) 884-4255 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with one of our Tampa lawn care specialists. We’re ready to help you get the lawn that your property deserves.