Here at Duda Sod, we are proud to offer a wide range of varieties for our residential and commercial clients throughout Florida. In this first of two blog posts, we’ll explain some of our more popular varieties, with more to come in the next blog. Here’s what you need to know about CitraBlue, Scotts ProVista, and Icon Zoysia to help you make an informed decision about which sod type is best for your needs, preferences, and budget.
CitraBlue is a specific type of St. Augustine grass, known for its rich, blue-green color. Engineered by horticulturists at the University of Florida, it is designed for maximum disease resistance. This makes it a popular choice for both homeowners and businesses, minimizing the need for costly treatments to restore lawn health. It also holds up well under heat and drought conditions, as well as in the shade. One of the best things about CitraBlue, though, is that it grows more slowly than many other grass types. This reduces the need for mowing, saving you a lot of time and effort over the life of your lawn.
To care for CitraBlue St. Augustine sod, mow to about 2 to 3 inches. This is a bit shorter than the 3 to 4 inches typically recommended for St. Augustine and is unique to the CitraBlue variety. Your lawn will require about 1 inch of water per week, and it is best to water deeply, less often than to apply small amounts of water more frequently, as deeper watering encourages strong root growth. Aim to fertilize in the summer, and apply pest control treatments as needed.
Scotts ProVista is another variation of St. Augustine. Like CitraBlue, Scotts ProVista grows well in both sunny and shady conditions. Its slow growth rate can cut your mowing frequency in half, saving you from a lot of hard work. Scotts ProVista is dark green in color, helping it to look lush and full throughout the year. This variety is highly resistant to weeds, and requires minimal fertilizer to maintain its appearance. Although this grass type tends to be more expensive than others, you’ll more than make up the difference with the amount of money you’ll save on mowing over the years.
To care for Scotts ProVista, simply treat it like you would standard St. Augustine or Floratam grass. This means mowing to about 3 to 4 inches. However, you’ll have to mow far less often due to the slow growth. Apply about 1 inch of water from your sprinklers each week, taking care to avoid watering during the hottest part of the day. Treat any signs of disease or pest activity with the appropriate natural or chemical treatments for each specific issue.
Icon Zoysia Grass
Icon is a type of Zoysia grass, known for its cool-season appearance. Despite its looks, though, Icon is actually a warm-weather grass that does well in bright sun. It is tolerant of heat and drought conditions, as well as of salt content in the air. This makes it a great choice for Florida homes and businesses, particularly those that are near the ocean. What sets it apart is its durability under heavy foot traffic. Because the blades are fine and soft, they spring back quickly after being walked over. This is ideal for homes with children or pets, as well as those where you entertain guests in your yard frequently.
Icon’s fine, soft blades thrive when mowed to about 1 to 2 inches in height. As with many other types of grass, you’ll need to provide about 1 inch of water each week, preferably in larger amounts, less frequently. The best times to fertilize are late spring and early fall, in between the hottest and coolest times of the year. Treat for pests and diseases with targeted solutions when necessary.
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The sod experts on our team will be more than happy to answer your questions about all of our types of grass to help you make the right choice for your needs. We’ll work with your preferences and budgetary requirements to find the ideal solution for your Florida home or business. Feel free to reach out to us at any time for assistance.