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Floratam™

A popular choice in Florida, Floratam™ blankets many of the state’s home lawns. Floratam™ is a coarse, vigorous variety of St. Augustine grass that thrives in warmer climates, requiring more than 6 hours of daily sunlight. Perfect for a sunny lawn, Floratam™ is also the most drought tolerant St. Augustine variety on the market.

Floratam™ is not as cold tolerant as other St. Augustine grasses, so preconditioning with a winterizer fertilizer could increase this grass’s beauty during the spring and summer months. Although this is a courser variety, when mowed as a lawn the coarseness is reduced. With a moderate tolerance to wear, Floratam™ is the perfect choice for your home lawn, especially if you are positioned in a warm climate with lots of sunshine. If this sounds like your home, you will be impressed with this variety’s color, uniformity and overall attractive appearance.

Recommended Mowing Height 3-4 in.

1 in. per Week

Fertilize Early Spring, Late Spring, and Fall

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  • Minimum 4-hour-6-hours of sunlight per day for best results
  • Floratam is a broad bladed, medium green colored grass. 
  • St. Augustine Floratam is heat tolerant and has a great tolerance for humidity
  • Adaptable in many soil conditions
  • Thrives in direct sunlight
  • Plush appearance
  • Establishes quickly

Light

  • Floratam is perfect for a sunny lawn and requires 4-6 hours of sunlight. 

 

Mow

  • Obtain a great plush lawn mowing at 3.5 inches. 
  • First mow should be approximately 14 days after installation. Be careful not to mow more than 1/3 of the blade length.  

 

Water

  • Apply enough water on the installation day to penetrate the sod and two inches of soil underneath. For the next 10-14 days, reduce your watering to just keep the soil moist throughout the day. Usually watering four to six times during the day, for approximately five to six minutes each time, is required until the roots have been established.
  • After the first mow, reduce the frequency of times but increase the duration of watering at a gradual pace. The goal is to only water once a day and have the grass fully equipped with deep roots.

 

PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

  • Fungicide: Apply if needed. You may benefit from it if the grass is in the shade or has had trouble with disease in the past. First application should be 24 – 48 hours after first watering.
  • Insecticide: Apply if needed, follow label directions. Treat with broad spectrum insecticide if needed.
  • Preemergent Herbicide: Stop weeds from popping up by applying a preemergent herbicide. Follow label directions and wear proper protection equipment. Create a consistent blanket application.
  • Fertilize: Give your grass a boost with fertilizer, approximately four to six weeks after installation to ensure continued establishment of the roots. Follow label directions.
 

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