Sod Types

Floratam Sod

Back in 1973, the University of South Florida and Texas A&M released Floratam Sod. In New Port Richey, FL, The Sod Farm carries Floratam Sod grass, which has the following features:

  • Cold Hardiness: Floratam’s cold hardiness is an advantage to the consumer in the central parts of Florida.
  • Sun Tolerance: Floratam loves direct sunlight and tolerates partial shade (less than 20%). Areas with deep shade need to be avoided to ensure the best growth possible.
  • Attractiveness: Floratam creates a thick, lush carpet of St. Augustine grass, and is easily distinguishable from most varieties with its reddish stolon color.
  • Virus Resistance: Floratam is resistant to SAD (St. Augustine decline, a viral disease that causes mottling) and shows good resistance to leaf diseases as a result of its open, long internodes and coarse growth habit.
  • Salt Tolerance: Floratam has a small, considerable salt tolerance for shoreline plantings.

Floratam Sod Qualities:

  • Drought Tolerance: Good
  • Establishment Rate: Fast
  • Fertilization: 4 to 6 Yearly
  • Leaf Texture: Coarse
  • Mowing Days: 6 to 10 Days
  • Mowing Heights: 2 to 3 ½ “
  • Pest Control: Moderate
  • Soil Type: Wide-Range
  • Wearability: Fair

Empire Zoysia

Empire Zoysia was developed in Brazil for hot, humid situations. Its main claim to fame is its drought tolerance, which is higher than most other varieties of Zoysia grass once it has been established. When dried out, it eventually goes dormant and turns brown. The turf is hardy and has a deep, thick root structure. In addition, slower vertical growth, plus natural chinch bug and chemical resistance, means that your lawn will require significantly less maintenance, with less mowing and water required than with other types of warm seasonal grass. In some instances, once naturalized to the local climate, Empire Zoysia requires minimal irrigation once it has been established. Some of its features include the following:

  • Cold Hardiness: Empire Zoysia thrives near coastal areas and demanding tropical climates, and also exhibits excellent cold hardiness. It will retain its fall color longer than many other turf selections and becomes green more quickly in the spring. It also goes into dormancy during the cooler months.
  • Attractiveness: This grass combines a soft-to-the-touch feel with lush, green color and fine, tight blade growth.

Empire Zoysia Qualities

  • Drought Tolerance: Excellent Once Established
  • Establishment Rate: Fast
  • Fertilization: 4 to 6 Yearly
  • Leaf Texture: Wide, Soft, More Open Than Most Zoysia
  • Maintenance Level: Moderate to High
  • Mowing Days: 6 to 10 Days
  • Mowing Heights: 0.5" to 2"
  • Pest Control: Excellent
  • Salt Tolerance: Excellent
  • Soil Type: Wide-Range
  • Sun Tolerance: Excellent
  • Wearability: Durable
  • Virus Resistance: Excellent

Bitter Blue

The University of South Florida released Bitter Blue (Florentine). This type of turf has the following features.

  • Cold Hardiness: Bitter Blue’s cold hardiness is an advantage to consumers in the Central parts of Florida.
  • Sun Tolerance: Bitter Blue loves direct sunlight and tolerates partial shade. Areas with greater than 60% shade should be avoided.
  • Attractiveness: Bitter Blue creates a thick, lush carpet of St. Augustine grass. Its bluish green stolon color makes it easily distinguishable from most other varieties.
  • Virus Resistance: Bitter Blue is resistant to SAD (St. Augustine decline, a viral disease that causes mottling) and shows good resistance to leaf diseases as a result of its open, long internodes and coarse growth habit.
  • Salt Tolerance: Bitter Blue has a small, considerable salt tolerance for shoreline plantings.

Bitter Blue Qualities

  • Leaf Texture: Coarse
  • Drought Tolerance: Poor
  • Wearability: Fair
  • Soil Type: Fair
  • Establishment Rate: Moderate
  • Mowing Days: 6 to 10 Days
  • Mowing Heights: 2 to 2 ½ “
  • Fertilization: 4 to 6 Yearly
  • Pest Control: Moderate

Bahia Turf

We carry a great selection of Bahia (Argentine) turf in our garden center. This turf has the following features:

  • Cold Hardiness: Bahia goes into dormancy during the cooler months, providing an advantage to consumers in the southern parts of Florida.
  • Sun Tolerance: Bahia thrives in direct sun and moderate shade. Heavily shaded areas should be avoided.
  • Attractiveness: Bahia features a single leaf and roots, forming a solid ground feel. Its light green stolon color and height make it easily distinguishable from other turfs.
  • Virus Resistance: Bahia is resistant to SAD (St. Augustine decline, a viral disease that causes mottling) and shows good resistance to leaf diseases.
  • Salt Tolerance: Bahia has poor salt tolerance and is not recommended for shoreline plantings.

Bahia Turf Qualities

  • Leaf Texture: Thin
  • Drought Tolerance: Excellent
  • Wearability: Poor
  • Soil Type: Wild Range
  • Establishment Rate: Fast
  • Mowing Days: 3 to 5 Days
  • Mowing Heights: 3 to 5 “
  • Fertilization: 4 to 6 Yearly
  • Pest Control: High

Palmetto Sod

Our garden center carries a wide range of Palmetto Sod. This type of turf has the following features:

  • Cold Hardiness: Palmetto’s cold hardiness is an advantage to consumers in the southern States.
  • Sun Tolerance: Palmetto loves direct sunlight and tolerates partial shade up to 60%. Areas with deep shade need to be avoided.
  • Attractiveness: Palmetto creates a thick, lush carpet of St. Augustine grass. Its purplish, dark green stolon color makes it easily distinguishable from most other sod types.
  • Virus Resistance: Palmetto is resistant to SAD (St. Augustine decline, a viral disease that causes mottling) and shows good resistance to leaf diseases due to its open, long internodes and coarse growth habit.
  • Salt Tolerance: Palmetto is excellent in salt-tolerant areas and is recommended for shoreline plantings.

Palmetto Sod Qualities

  • Leaf Texture: Coarse/Semi-Dwarf
  • Drought Tolerance: Excellent
  • Wearability: Fair
  • Soil Type: Wide-Range
  • Establishment Rate: Fast
  • Mowing Days: 6 to 10 Days
  • Mowing Heights: 2 ½ – 3 ½ “
  • Fertilization: 4 to 6 Yearly
  • Pest Control: Low

Paspalum Turf

Paspalum turf was released in 2001 and was cultivated by the University of Georgia. It has the following features:

  • Cold Hardiness: Paspalum’s cold hardiness is an advantage to consumers in the southern States.
  • Sun Tolerance: Paspalum loves direct sunlight and tolerates partial shade. Areas with deep shade need to be avoided.
  • Attractiveness: Paspalum creates a thick, lush carpet and its dark green stolon color makes it easily distinguishable from most other turf types.
  • Virus Resistance: Paspalum is resistant to SAD (St. Augustine decline, a viral disease that causes mottling) and shows good resistance to leaf diseases due to its open, long internodes and coarse growth habit.
  • Salt Tolerance: Paspalum is excellent in salt-tolerant areas and is recommended for shoreline plantings.

Paspalum Turf Qualities

  • Leaf Texture: Coarse/Semi-Dwarf
  • Drought Tolerance: Excellent
  • Wearability: Fair
  • Soil Type: Wide-Range
  • Establishment Rate: Fast
  • Mowing Days: 6 to 10 Days
  • Mowing Heights: 1 – 1 ½ “
  • Fertilization: 4 to 6 Yearly
  • Pest Control: Low

Bermuda Sod

Our garden center carries a variety of Bermuda turf. Our Bermuda Sod has the following features:

  • Cold Hardiness: Bermuda is not cold hardy. However, it recovers when the weather is warmer.
  • Sun Tolerance: Bermuda loves direct sunlight and tolerates partial shade. Areas with deep shade need to be avoided.
  • Attractiveness: Bermuda creates a thick, soft lush carpet. Its light green stolon color makes it easily distinguishable from most other turf varieties.
  • Virus Resistance: Bermuda is resistant to SAD (St. Augustine decline, a viral disease that causes mottling) and shows good resistance to leaf diseases due to its open, long internodes and coarse growth habit.
  • Salt Tolerance: Bermuda is excellent in salt-tolerant areas and is recommended for shoreline plantings.

Bermuda Sod Qualities

  • Leaf Texture: Coarse/Semi-Dwarf
  • Drought Tolerance: Excellent
  • Wearability: Fair
  • Soil Type: Wide-Range
  • Establishment Rate: Fast
  • Mowing Days: 6 to 10 Days
  • Mowing Heights: 1 – 1 ½ “
  • Fertilization: 4 to 6 Yearly
  • Pest Control: Low

Contact us to learn more about our Floratam Sod and other sod types. We serve clients in New Port Richey, Florida, and the surrounding areas.