Proper preparation of the site prior to installation is the absolute key to having a healthy, long-lasting lawn. It is imperative that you apply several treatments of herbicide before having your old turf removed. This ensures that weeds are eradicated from your property prior to installing new sod. The sod we use is of the very highest quality available, always cut fresh the morning of delivery. From the time our sod laying team arrives at your property, we work quickly to ensure that the surface is perfectly prepared to receive the new sod.
Tropical Gardens has more than 20 years of combined turf management experience, and is dedicated to the proper preparation and installation of all varieties of turf available to our areas. Our knowledge of each individual variety of sod with its preparation and maintenance requirements truly sets us apart. Not only can we handle the correct installation of your sod project, we can handle its ongoing maintenance.
Residential and Commercial Varieties
A lush choice for the discerning client. This fine bladed turf grows extremely thick to shade out weeds and withstands higher traffic areas much better than any of the St. Augustine varieties. Empire Zoysia has a reduced pest count in comparison to the St. Augustine varieties. Water requirements are low, and this sod provides some drought tolerance. Turf will go dormant if colder temperatures arise. As ground temperatures rise again, the Empire Zoysia will return again with vigor.
This sod will require weekly mowing at ¾ – 1” using a reel mower or 2 – 2 1/2 “ using a rotary mower. Monthly preventative pest control and 8-10 fertilization applications annually are suggested. The water requirements are 1” of rainfall or irrigation per week.
We recommend that this turf be maintained with a reel mower. We do not recommend using string trimmers on this variety of sod. We would love to show you the difference using a reel mower can make on your turf, just ask a representative for examples!
This is a high end cultivar that has been designed to bring the best of both Bermuda and Zoysia. This turf is low-growing with deep root structure as well as horizontal rhizome growth. This sod has a high tolerance to shade and wear. It is slow growing, so any turf damage does take time to regenerate and fill in. There are minimal watering requirements compared to St. Augustine. There are not many pest issues with this sod.
We recommend weekly mowing at ¼ – ¾” using a reel mower. Monthly preventative pest control and 8-10 fertilizer applications annually are also suggested. This sod has a water requirement of 1” of rainfall or irrigation per week. If you desire the absolute best landscape design and don’t mind the higher maintenance requirements, then this is the choice for you!
Palmetto St. Augustine
This is one of the most shade-tolerant varieties of St. Augustine. It has a wider blade with a deep emerald green color.
This turf will require weekly mowing at 2 – 2.5” using a rotary mower. Monthly preventative pest control and 8-10 fertilizer applications annually are suggested. Palmetto St. Augustine has a water requirements of 1-2” of rainfall or irrigation per week.
Bitter Blue St. Augustine
This is another of the shade tolerant varieties that has a dark green, bluish hue.
Bitter Blue’s maintenance requirements are weekly mowing at 4 – 4.5” using a rotary mower. Monthly preventative pest control and 8-10 fertilization applications annually are recommended. The water requirements are 1-2” of rainfall or irrigation per week.
Floratam St. Augustine
If you need a full-sun variety of St. Augustine, Floratam is the choice for you. This has been the most popular sod to use in Florida for many years. It has a deep green hue.
Maintenance requirements are weekly mowing at 4 – 5” using a rotary mower. We suggest monthly preventative pest control and 8-10 fertilization applications annually. The water requirement is 1-2” of rainfall or irrigation per week.
Seville St. Augustine
Seville is the most shade tolerant of the St. Augustine varieties. It can survive in only 3 hours of sunlight. Seville is a lower-growing sod variety that can be mowed at a shorter height.
Maintenance requirements are weekly mowing at 2 – 2.5” using a rotary mower. This will grow best with monthly preventative pest control and 8-10 fertilization applications annually. Water requirements for this variety are 1-2” of rainfall or irrigation per week.
Sapphire St. Augustine
This is a premium variety that has a nice blue-green color. Its fast, lateral growth has shown that Sapphire can recover quickly from damage. Sapphire’s thinner blades and softer feel make it an excellent variety for the client wanting the classic St. Augustine look with a more pleasant feel.
This is not the turf for high-traffic areas.
Maintenance requirements for Sapphire are weekly mowing at 2 – 2.5” using a rotary mower. It is recommended to provide monthly preventative pest control and 8-10 fertilization applications annually. Water requirements are 1-2” of rainfall or irrigation per week.
Industrial and Right of Way Varieties
Bahia is drought resistant and has very few pest issues, this turf variety is mostly used for industrial and right-of-way purposes. This is known as a pasture grade grass and we have installed this variety numerous times in residential areas. If you have a large expanse of dirt that needs turf coverage and do not have irrigation, this may be an alternative for you.
Maintenance requirements are weekly mowing during the summer months at 4 – 5″ using a rotary mower. There are no weed control options for this turf and will become overtaken by weeds in a 2 – 3 year period. The higher it is mowed, the longer it will stay a viable turf stand. Seed pods that protrude up to a foot above the blades are often an eyesore to the customer during the growing months.
When it comes to sod installation, our reputation speaks for itself. We have done many projects in the Sarasota area, from residential to commercial, estate style beachfront homes to small lawn renovations. We include a 90 day warranty on all of our sod projects, and every installation comes with a free fertilization, insecticide and fungicide application.
Contact us for a free, no-obligation, quote. We will measure your property, examine the present turf, and discuss the different varieties of sod that may be available to work within your needs.