St Augustine Sod

Some sod varieties are more appropriate for different climactic and soil conditions than others. St. Augustine grass by Council Growers is well suited for the warm climate of Florida with its slightly alkaline soil conditions.

The St. Augustine variety of sod originated in North America and commonly exists in most Caribbean and Mediterranean areas. It breeds best in tropical climates. Often seen in lagoons, marshes, shorelines, the sod thrives in moist and tropical areas.
St. Augustine by Council Growers can reproduce in a wide range of soil types with 5.0 to 8.5 pH. St. Augustine grasses are in full bloom between springtime and summer and produces runners that permit it to grow and spread quickly.
St. Augustine grass can also flourish in shady areas, although it also grows splendidly in full sun. Found in a variety of places of the south, St Augustine is prominent in residential and commercial areas throughout the Sunshine State.

St. Augustine has a distinctive blue-green color that survives well into the fall season, lasting longer than various other types of grass. Tough and able to withstand moderate drought condition, when fertilized and watered properly, St. Augustine grass forms an impenetrable ground cover unsurprisingly resistant to weeds. Sod fertilization high in iron content helps the grass maintain its lush color.

Maintenance of St. Augustine grass should be kept at a 2-3-inch height. Fertilization should take place in early spring or late winter and maintained through late fall, with lime added when soil acidity rises above a pH of 7.5.


St. Augustine is one of the oldest coastal grasses and has been migrated to Australia, Africa and southern parts of the United States. Transported away from meadow areas to nurture a new basis of food for cattle to graze, eventually St. Augustine discontinued the development as a pasturage grass when the irrigation and land treatments prevented it from thriving. Now, this grass is mostly grown for lawns.

St. Augustine comes in several varieties:

  • Captiva(R). Released in 2008. Developed by the University of Florida for its Chinch bug resistance and dwarf profile which requires less mowing.
  • Floratine. Released 1959. Darker color, finer texture, tolerated lower temperatures and lower mowing.
  • Floratam. Released 1972. Resists SAD and chinch bugs. Not as cold- or shade-tolerant.
  • Palmetto. Released in 1989. Selected for its shade tolerance and cold tolerance.
  • Raleigh. Released 1980. SAD resistant and shade tolerant, but susceptible to chinch bugs.
  • Sapphire. Released 2004. Selected from Australia for its dark blue green color and rapid lateral growth.
  • Seville. Released 1980. Finer texture than Floratam, but shared Floratam's strengths and weaknesses.
  • Texas Common. May be the original St. Augustine. It has fallen out of favor due to its susceptibility to the incurable St. Augustine Decline (SAD) virus.

Council Growers is a sod company run by the Council family in the Tampa Bay area since the early 1980. They specialize in sods that survive great in the hot Florida sun. Council Growers grow their grasses in the soil that is native to Florida and they have farms in Wimauma in Hillsborough county and in Parrish in Manatee county. Council Growers is reliable personable and a great fit for anybody in the Tampa Bay area with their sod needs.

For more information or a FREE ESTIMATE please visit the council growers site or contacts us with any questions.

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