Palmetto St. Augustine

PALMETTO® ST. AUGUSTINE

Palmetto St. Augustine is the most sold patented turfgrass in the world with more than 1 Billion square feet sold. Selected for better color and finer texture. Palmetto demonstrates superior shade, cold, frost, heat and drought tolerance. This versatile turfgrass is used across the southern United States from the Carolinas to California under a wide range of climate and soil conditions making it the ideal choice for residential and commercial use. Palmetto St. Augustine is a proven versatile grass that is a standard in many regions.

CHARACTERISTICS

USES:

Golf, Commercial, Sports/Parks, Home

Blade-width: 8-9 mm

Feel: Soft

Soils: Sand, Clay, Muck

Growth: Stolons

MAINTENANCE:

Mower: Standard Rotary

Height: 1.5-2.5″

Weed Control: Good

Insect Resistance: Average

Disease Resistance: Good

SHADE TOLERANCE:

Shade: Very Good

COLOR:

Color:  Emerald Green

Fall Color Retention: Excellent

Spring Green Up: Very Good

WEAR TOLERANCE:

Wear: Good

Injury Recovery: Very Good

DROUGHT TOLERANCE:

Drought: Good

                                              Caring for your new Palmetto St. Augustine

At Action Sod our customers’ satisfaction is our number one priority.  With this in mind, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for selecting Action Sod for your lawn’s need and would like to provide you with valuable recommendations on caring for your lawn after the installation.  Here are some suggestions in the areas of watering, insects and mowing.  Following these suggested steps will help promote a healthy and green lawn for your enjoyment.

Watering your new lawn

This is the biggest concern from all of our clients:  How much should we water the lawn? What is too much watering? When should we water the lawn?

Lawns that are properly irrigated develop deep, healthy root that will help them withstand drought stress and makes them less susceptible to pests and diseases.  In Florida, your lawn does not require as much water as you may think.  You should plan your watering based on your lawn’s needs.

Automatic irrigation systems are a great tool, when used properly.  Adjust your systems depending to the season and make sure that your water sensor is working properly; winter brings in cooler temperatures and your lawn will need less watering and skipping a week cycle will not hurt. The amount applied should not be adjusted—only the frequency.  The summer brings in heat and it also brings in rain; make sure you adjust for those rainy days and skip a day or two when it has rained. It is recommended to invest in a rain gauge to help you monitor the amount of water your lawn is getting. On an average, the lawn needs about ½ to ¾ of an inch of water per zone to stay healthy, if you see that the lawn starts to turn a grayish color, folded leaf blades and footprints that remain for several minutes then it’s time to water the lawn.

The best times to water your lawn are just before sunrise.  This helps to minimize evaporation loss and limits the time the lawn is wet which reduces the potential for lawn disease. With this said, we recommend that you start watering every day, just to get the rooting system going, for about 15 minutes twice a day for the first two weeks. After those first two weeks pass, then you can water for about 15 minutes once a day. You will start to see a green healthy lawn almost immediately and then you can change the watering pattern to suit your lawns need.

Fertilizing and fumigating your new lawn

After installation, it is normal that your new sod will get under stress from the constant changes in conditions of being harvested, transported and transplanted from the sod farm, to its new home.  Additional stresses can be added from unfavorable weather conditions that may develop after we lay down your new grass, due to thunderstorms and high humidity or lack of rain causing drought. Fungus and disease, along with other insect pests are opportunistic predators that can take advantage of new sod during these changing weather patterns. For these reasons, we highly recommend, contacting and making arrangements, as soon as your sod has been installed, with a professional pest control company that can properly diagnose and treat these problems before they emerge. This will keep your lawn as healthy as possible while it is making adjustments in its new home.

Proper fertilization is very important for sustaining a healthy lawn. Fertilization and other cultural practices influence the overall health and quality of the lawn and reduce its vulnerability to numerous stresses, including weeds, insects, and disease. Many Florida lawns and landscapes need fertilizer to help keep them healthy and strong. The grass growing in the shade needs less fertilizer than that growing in full sun. Fertilization also is affected by soil type, organic matter in soils, and practices such as clipping management. Additionally, a newly installed lawn on a sandy soil with little organic matter requires more fertilizer than a lawn that has been fertilized for years. In Florida, new homes and new developments may be next to much older developed landscapes, and a one-size-fits-all approach to fertilization is not reasonable. These guidelines provide a base range from which the end user can begin a fertilization program. The homeowner is encouraged to initiate a program based on these guidelines and to adjust it over time based on how the grass responds.

We recommend that you find a professional to fertilize and treat your lawn four weeks after your installation of sod.  If you do not know of any lawn care professionals, please see our highly recommend one at the end of this documentation. Remember, fertilize only when needed and when the grass is actively growing. Don’t fertilize before a heavy rain, lawns need ¼ inch of water after each fertilizer application. Use slow-release fertilizer, which provides 60 days or more of fertilizer.  DO NOT over fertilize, always follow package instructions.

 

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