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When You Should Plant Sod in Central Florida

When You Should Plant Sod in Central Florida

Central Florida’s seasons may not be as varied as they are up north, but that doesn’t mean that you should plant sod without paying attention to the weather. Like any project, preparation is key for achieving successful results. See the importance of timing for sod installation and what time of the year is best to plant sod in Central Florida for a great-looking lawn.Why Timing MattersSod is an investment which is why selecting the right time of year to plant it is essential for protecting...

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How to Select a Turfgrass for Shady Lawns

How to Select a Turfgrass for Shady Lawns

Central Florida gets a lot of sunshine but that doesn’t mean every lawn receives the same amount of sunlight due to shade from trees or buildings. Before buying any turfgrass, make sure it’s a variety that matches how much sunlight your lawn receives to achieve green, fresh grass. See our tips below for determining sunlight requirements, selecting a turfgrass that is shade-friendly, and maintaining the turfgrass to protect your investment.Sunlight RequirementsIt’s crucial to determine how much...

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6 Steps for Turfgrass Installation in Central Florida

6 Steps for Turfgrass Installation in Central Florida

Properly installing turfgrass in your Central Florida lawn is essential for getting optimal performance and protecting your investment. The installation process usually takes up to two days: the first day to prepare the sod and the second day to complete the installation. Below are six steps for turfgrass installation to ensure your lawn not only looks great but also to protect your wallet from costly mistakes.1. Do a Soil TestA beautiful lawn starts with good soil. Give your lawn ideal...

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Gain Instant Curb Appeal with Sod and Improve the Value of Your Home

Gain Instant Curb Appeal with Sod and Improve the Value of Your Home

When it comes to real estate, the old adage rings true, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” One of the first things an interested buyer looks at is the overall state of the outside of the house and property – including the lawn. HGTV explains, “Your lawn is the first thing people see when they approach your home, and regardless of what people say about judging a book by its cover, it’s crucial to make a positive first impression. In buyers’ minds, if you’ve neglected...

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7 Grass Types to Consider for Central Florida

7 Grass Types to Consider for Central Florida

While not all grasses do well in Central Florida’s subtropical climate due to high humidity, high heat, and occasional drought periods, selecting the right type of sod will help ensure your lawn looks great regardless. See what are the seven best grass types for central Florida so you can transform your lawn into one you’re proud to have. Empire Turf Zoysia Grass EMPIRE Turf Zoysia is a Brazilian zoysia japonica. It has a lush green color and fine, tight blade growth that is soft to the touch....

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Tips for Maintaining St. Augustine Sod in Your Florida Lawn

St. Augustine grass is a common choice for lawns across the southern United States, especially in Florida. That is because it has an excellent ability to thrive in tropical and even sub-tropical climates as well as being an attractive bright green grass. While it grows easily in these climates, it does still require some maintenance to keep it healthy and looking its best. Here are some tips on maintaining your Florida St. Augustine grass: St. Augustine grass requires seasonal care to be at...

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Where Is the Best Place to Find St. Augustine Sod for Sale?

St. Augustine sod is one of the most popular options for Central Florida lawns. That’s because St. Augustine grass is native to Florida, making it well suited for our intensely hot summers. It also comes in several different variations, allowing you to choose the perfect type of grass for your needs. Whether you choose the Bitterblue, Palmetto, Seville, or Floratam variation depends on the type of lawn or field you’re looking to buy sod for.  Palmetto is known to be tolerant of almost all the...

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Best Time to Sod in Central Florida

Creating your lawn masterpiece is easy when you’ve decided to have Central Florida sod installed. Local sod gives you that lush, green grass you want without worrying if it’ll work with your environment. But when is the best time to lay sod so that it can root without stress and start growing just like in the Home and Garden? Here are some options you have for when to lay sod and what differentiates them: Spring Noted as a favorite time of year for laying sod, spring’s mild temperatures and...

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Best Types of Turfgrass for Central Florida

Choosing the best grass type for your Central Florida lawn requires more planning and research than you might think. Understanding which grass type is ideal for your home, you should do you research. Before you decide on the right sod for your lawn, take a minute to answer these questions: • How much time do you plan to spend on maintenance?(Mowing, watering, fertilizing, watching for bugs, fungus or disease) • Are there physical or environmental limitations?(No irrigation system, deep shade,...

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Choosing Sod or Seed for Your Lawn

If you are debating whether to use seed or sod for your yard, you’re going to want to keep reading. In this post we’re going to give you the advantages and disadvantages to both seed and sod for your Central Florida lawn.  Advantages of Sod in Florida One of the biggest advantages of sod is that it provides an instant lawn, with no wait time before your grass begins to grow.  You’ll also be able to start utilizing your lawn faster with sod, since the grass establishes itself much faster than...

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