There are several grass species that grow well in Florida and provide a beautiful, thick, green lawn. However, these species vary widely in their adaptation, and may be suited for particular environments or locations around the state.
Selection of the proper grass species is the first step in creating a healthy, high quality lawn for your home. Before you decide on a grass species or cultivar, there are a few things to consider:
What type of lawn is desired or expected? Whether you desire a highly manicured showcase lawn or are looking for an average ground cover that will provide a place for outdoor recreation can determine what grass you choose.
What level of lawn maintenance can you provide? Do you do your own yard work, and if so, do you have adequate time and knowledge to maintain your lawn properly, or do you hire a professional landscape maintenance firm to do your work?
Is the area shaded, moist, dry? Do you have an irrigation system? Are there soil problems that might limit grass growth? Some species tolerate environmental stresses such as shade, moist or dry soil, or soil physical or chemical problems better than others. It's important to choose the right species for your particular environment.
Are you adjacent to a body of water? This may affect how often and how much you fertilize your lawn. In an attempt to minimize contamination of Florida water bodies, minimal fertility should be applied directly adjacent to water.
What part of Florida do you live in? Some species may be better adapted to a climate in one part of the state better than another part.