These grasses are identical to the eye; however, they each have differing growth characteristics.
For shady yards Palmetto is your best bet. It requires only 2-3 hours of sunlight per day. Additionally, Palmetto Sod is DISEASE, INSECT and DROUGHT tolerant. It is a vigorous grower and remains green while other sods go dormant after a frost.
This is the most widely produced and used St. Augustine grass in Florida. Floratam requires 5-6 hours of direct sunlight each day. It grows vigorously in the warmth.
Irrigates like most all other St. Augustine grasses. Fertilize 3-4 times per year. Use a balanced fertilizer (similar to 16-4-8) with at least 50% from a “slow release” Nitrogen in its mix. Mowing can be as low as 2 1/2″ in full sun; 3″-4″ in shaded areas. Pests are your typical suspects. Watch for worms in late summer and fall. Chinch bugs are less common, but can be present in older, thatchy lawns. Consult your county agent for suggested treatment.
A semi-dwarf, fine-leaved variety with a dark green color and a low growth habit. Seville performs well in shade and full sun. Being a semi-dwarf variety, Seville’s maintenance is different than taller growing varieties. This sod will grow with only 2-3 hours of sunlight per day.
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