St. Augustinegrass in Florida

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.

Description

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.

Further Reading

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

·         Planting Preparation

·         Establishing Your Lawn

·         Watering Your Lawn

 

·         Gray Leaf Spot

·         Mosaic Disease

·         Southern Chinch Bug

 

·         Salt-Tolerant Lawngrasses

·         Growing Turfgrass in the Shade

·         Thatch

·         Extension Soil Testing Lab

 


Reference

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

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