There are many types of hearty grasses that grow well in Florida, including Bahia, Bermuda, St. Augustine and Zoysia. There are, however, some rules of thumb and suggested steps for successful grass planting in Florida.
First and foremost, it is imperative to plant grass at the right time of year. It is common to plant year-round in Florida – as long as you don’t live too far north, but the best times to plant grass seed are actually spring and fall. Summer heat can be too harsh, creating brown spots in your lawn, and spring or fall (not too late) timing enables grass seed to get enough water and nutrients to become strong before the more inhospitable winter months.
Next you need to remove weeds. You can use a spade, but weed killer is so much easier on the back and often just as effective. Also remove roots and stumps. Then grade soil away from your home – with a very slight slope – so that water cannot collect at your foundation. It’s good to add compost for better aeration and drainage.
The most often overlooked step in soil preparation is an actual soil test so that you can determine exactly how deficient your soil is and what it needs. Once you have tested the soil, you can add lime to correct pH levels to aid in nutrient absorption; and fertilizer to help fuel new growth.
Whatever you decide, Edgewater Yard Shop, serving East Central Florida for over 20 years, can meet all of your landscaping supply needs. We deliver to Edgewater, Oak Hill, New Smyrna Beach, Port Orange, Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, Mims and the surrounding area. Stop by our convenient Edgewater location to browse our full array of inventory, or give us a call at 386-427-7383 for more information.