St. Augustinegrass in Florida
The most common grass in Florida lawns, St. Augustinegrass is a warm-season turfgrass that does well in subtropical climates. Learn more about growing St. Augustinegrass in Florida.
The turf is green to blue-green and produces a coarse, broad leaf, though these features vary from cultivar to cultivar. ‘Floratam’ is the most popular cultivar.
When to Plant
St. Augustinegrass does best when planted during times of moderate weather—not to hot and not too cold.
- South Florida: late fall, winter, and spring
- Central and north Florida: fall and spring
St. Augustinegrass is established using already growing plants (sod, springs, or plugs), not seed.
Pests and Disease
St. Augustinegrass may be affected by various weeds, insects, and diseases. However, proper fertilization, mowing, and watering should minimize these threats to your lawn’s health.
Interesting in planting a new St. Augustinegrass lawn or learning how to best maintain one? Check out these UF/IFAS resources:
|General Care||Pests and Disease||Related Links|
|· St. Augustinegrass for Florida
|· Gray Leaf Spot
|· Salt-Tolerant Lawngrasses
L. E. Trenholm, J. L. Cisar, and J. B. Unruh, St. Augustinegrass for Florida Lawns, ENH5, Gainesville: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, 2014, http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/lh010
Photo credits: UF/IFAS