St Augustine grass is also referred to as Buffalo Turf (not to be confused with buffalo grass) in Australia and Charleston grass in South Carolina.
It loves the climate of the Deep South between Texas and Florida, but it also grows in other countries like Australia, Africa, and tropical islands.
This dense lawn grass thrives in warm climates and is wildly popular with homeowners in the warm regions across the South.
What is it about St. Augustine sod that makes it so desirable to homeowners and why is it one of the best types of grass for lawns and landscaping?
Augustine grass is easy to grow. It’s propagated using sprigs, plugs, or sod. Once this grass is cultivated, it easily propagates on its own.
It grows fast. Once it’s planted or sodded, it takes on a life of its own and spreads quickly across the surface of a lawn, forming roots as it goes.
It’s moderately drought tolerant. Another reason it’s so popular is because it is a moderately drought tolerant grass, even though it’s found growing wild in marshy and wet tropical and subtropical climates.
It will grow in a broad range of soil types. Augustine will grow in soil with a pH range of 5.0 to 8.5.
It provides ample ground cover. This grass is excellent for thick ground cover.
It creates a beautiful lawn. Augustine grass is known for its gorgeous light to dark green colored blades that is most noticeable in the spring and summer.
It is well–known in the South for its shade tolerance. One of the reasons homeowners from Texas to South Carolina prefer St. Augustine Sod is because it grows well even in the shade. It is preferred over Bermuda grass, which is not very tolerant to the shade.
St. Augustine Sod is instant lawn. Since the easiest way to establish this kind of grass is sod, you get an instant lawn/yard. While you can establish your lawn with sprigs or plugs, sod is the best way to implement a St. Augustine lawn.
As long as you maintain a St. Augustine grass lawn, it will serve you well for many years. Quality Turf of Southern California grows St. Augustine on their 300-acre sod farm. With 30 years in the industry, they can help you establish a beautiful, lush, instant yard with their landscaping services.
On May 5, 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted the first-ever required water restriction policy for urban areas. Water supplies across the state are required to reduce water usage by 25% between June 2015 and February 2016. Lawn watering is specifically targeted in this new restriction because it accounts for nearly half of residential water use in California.
Conservation requirements are based on area, and they generally range between 8% and 36%. However, many cities have made great efforts to cut water consumption already, and a majority of California’s major cities have met or exceeded their 2013-2014 consumption reduction requirements.
However, specific areas may need additional restrictions. In Coachella Valley, for example, the Myoma Dunes Mutual Water Company has set specific lawn watering restrictions for their customers. Residents can water on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday before 7 a.m. and after 8 p.m. Customers that do not comply could face a $500 fine. Myoma Dunes customers have the highest rated per capita water consumption in recent months, so the company decided that it needed to take additional measures to reduce water consumption.
Quality Turf offers drought tolerant sod that requires less watering than grass seed or other forms of sod. Investing in this change for your residence, business, or landscaping project may be a great way to curb water usage in the long run.
California is facing one of the most severe droughts in its history. Governor Brown declared a State of Emergency because of the drought in January. The government has been preparing to deal with a water shortage ever since. For example, the state recently halted water use by junior water rights holders, and fishing on some areas of the Sacramento River has been paused as well. Homeowners are encouraged to conserve water, and restrictions on water use are currently in place. The recent 1,000 fire just east of Los Angeles was caused by hot, dry weather. Evacuation orders have been taking place in parts of Southern California, but they have subsided recently.
Despite the dire state of affairs, there may be hope for the end of the drought. Scientists are calling it “the blob.” The blob is large section of ocean water that is warmer than the surrounding water. When the drought began in 2011, this blob was far away from the coast, but the blob has recently moved much closer to California.. As the blob gets closer, it should producer higher amounts of rainfall.
While this may be the end of the drought, it could cause a host of other problems, including El Nino. This occurrence produces huge amounts of rainfall in the winter months. Scientists are not sure whether this type of torrential rainfall will occur because of the blob, but it is a possibility.
Nonetheless, there is hope in California for an end to the drought. Quality Turf Inc. is staying on top of this for you by helping disseminate information to keep you informed.
Soccer coach Amy Griffin was in a Seattle hospital visiting a young goalie who was receiving chemotherapy when a nurse said something that made the hair on Griffin’s neck stand up.
It was 2009. Two young female goalies Griffin knew had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Griffin, associate head coach for the University of Washington’s women’s soccer team, had started to visit the women and other athletes in local hospitals, helping them pass the time during chemo with war stories from her three decades of coaching.
That day, the nurse looked down at the woman Griffin was sitting with and said, “Don’t tell me you guys are goalkeepers. You’re the fourth goalkeeper I’ve hooked up this week.”
David at qturf really stepped it up for us. He was so patient and helpful with all of our needs. My only regret is not redoing or yard sooner! The prices are competitive and the sod is absolutely gorgeous. Our gardener was so impressed with the quality. Here we are, one year later, and we are STILL the envy of our neighbors!
Liat S. – Upland, CA
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