Sun Tolerance: Excellent
Shade Tolerance: Moderate
Grass Color: Dark green
Grass Texture: Coarse
Drought Tolerance: Good
Disease Resistance: Good
Traffic Tolerance: Moderate
Planting Zones: 8, 9 and 10
Recommended Planting Dates: Spring through summer
Mowing Height: 1 ½ - 2”
First developed in 1973, Floratam is a hybrid cultivar of St. Augustine grass that was created for warmer climates, like we have in Southwest Florida. Floratam is a widely used grass, especially in places like Cape Coral, Pine Island, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and Naples. Homeowners and landscapers use Floratam typically when establishing new yards because of its ability to thrive in warm conditions and its fast growth rate.
Floratam typically needs a full day’s sun and will not do as well in shady locations. It also needs a good amount of water, up toward an inch or so a week during the summer months. Like most grasses, it does not need as much water during the winter months and the maintenance will be minimal.
The Floratam variety is not as dense as other grasses, and its course texture is a favorite among homeowners who like to enjoy their yard. However, if there is going to be a lot of physical activity on the yard, you might notice its limited ability to withstand heavy use. Fortunately, Floratam is a fast grower and is known to recuperate quickly.
Floratam is also drought resistant, which is important during our winter months. It is also highly recommended that winter fertilizer be applied to your Floratam lawn in the Fall, around October. This is known as preconditioning and is recommended because Floratam, unlike other hardy grasses, will die if the temperature reaches 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Now, we know that is not very common in Southwest Florida but sometimes we do get those cold snaps once or twice per winter.
Additionally, Floratam might lose its color in the winter months but do not fret, as soon as Spring rolls around, Floratam quickly turns green and is ready for another warm, Southwest Florida summer!
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Due to the fragile nature of sod grasses, all sales are final and there are no guarantees or refunds even if you follow all the care instructions on our website. For any type of sod to survive, it requires a minimum of 5 to 6 hours of sunlight per day and must be sprayed to prevent fungus and pests. Lack of proper maintenance for one day could cause newly installed sod to die. Due to the weight of our equipment and product upon delivery, damages may occur on driveways and sidewalks. The driver will only follow the customer’s instructions. By continuing with this purchase, you agree to release JMC Landscaping of any responsibility of such damages.