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 email@example.com.