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ProVista, A New St. Augustinegrass

Sometime ago, in one of my blogs I introduced you to the new Citrablue St. Augustinegrass.  I got a lot of inquiries as to where to make purchase. Unfortunately, Citrablue will not be available on the market until the year 2020.

A few months ago, I was attending the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscaping Association (FNGLA) plant show in Orlando, FL when I was introduced to ProVista, a new St. Augustine grass. Floratom is ProVista parent material. ProVista is the first and only genetically modified turfgrass that is glyphosate tolerant. This means herbicides such as Roundup and Farmworks with the active ingredient glyphosate will not damage ProVista lawns. This is a very important breakthrough for instances where difficult weeds, such as Bermudagrass or other grassy weeds, are present in the turf.

ProVista is cost effective since using glyphosate is inexpensive in comparison to using other selective, more expensive herbicides. ProVista does not grow and spread as rapid as Floratam (parent), the most popular St. Augustine cultivar used in Florida. Slower growth rate means that mowing frequency is also reduced, resulting in additional savings of time and money. ProVista, like Floratam, grows best in full sun but will thrive in partial shade. The main take-home message for ProVista is that it broadens the herbicide selection for turfgrass, especially for St. Augustinegrass.

This blog is written by Grantly Ricketts, UF/IFAS Extension Commercial Horticulture Agent in Osceola County. Grantly can be reached at 321-697-3000 or email at gricketts@ufl.edu.

6 Comments on “ProVista, A New St. Augustinegrass

  1. We had ProVista installed over a month ago. We live in Lakeland, FL. Have watered it every day since install because we have not had much rain in our area. It’s not looking good at all. We were about to order St Augustine grass when Superior spray service told us about Pro Vista how much hardier it was. We need help in guiding us what to do. We bought 5 pallets which was more expensive per pallet not to mention 100sq ft less per pallet. There is a lot of brown spots all over.
    We appreciate any guidance you can give us.
    Thank you,
    William & Sonia Fernandez

  2. I too am interested in ProVista as the earlier post states. My location is Daphne, AL and I currently have Centipede and Bitter Blue St. Augustine. Thank you sir for any and much appreciated help in purchasing ProVista.

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