Florida Grasses and Lawns 

 

(reprinted with permission, University of Florida)

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.
 

 

Comparison of lawn grasses available for use throughout Florida

Environment

Bahia 

grass

Bermuda grass

Carpet grass

Centipede grass

Seashore Paspalum

St. Augustine grass

Zoysia 

grass

Area Adapted To

Statewide

Statewide

Wet areas

N. Florida and Panhandle

Statewide

Statewide

Statewide

Mowing Ht. (inches)

3-4

0.5-1.5

1.5-2

1.5-2

1.5-3

1.5-4

1-2

Soil

Acid, sandy

Wide 

range

Acid, wet

Acid, infertile

Wide 

range

Wide range

Wide 

range

Leaf Texture

Coarse-

medium

Fine-

medium

Medium

Medium

Fine-

medium

Coarse-

medium

Fine-

medium

Drought Tolerance

Excellent

Good

Poor

Medium

Good

Poor

Medium

Salt Tolerance

Very poor

Good

Poor

Poor

Excellent

Poor

Good

Shade Tolerance

Poor

Poor

Fair

Fair

Fair

Good

Good

Wear Tolerance

Poor

Good- excellent

Poor

Poor

Good-

excellent

Poor

Good-

excellent

Nematode Tolerance

Very good

Poor

Poor

Poor

Good

Good

Poor

Maintenance Level

Low

Medium-

high

Low

Low

Medium

Medium

High

Uses

Lawns, roadsides

Athletic fields, golf

Wet areas

Lawns

Lawns, athletic fields, golf

Lawns

Lawns

Establishment Methods

Seed, sod

Sod, sprigs, plugs, some seed

Seed, sprigs

Seed, sod, sprigs, plugs

Sod, plugs, sprigs

Sod, plugs, sprigs

Sod, plugs, sprigs

 

 

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