grassesWith all of the different varieties of lawn grass available today, choosing the right one can be confusing. At Andy’s we can help you choose the right type for your specific conditions, ensuring that your lawn thrives for years to come!

BERMUDA GRASS – requires full sun in order to thrive and functions best when well maintained with proper nutrient, mowed often and kept at about &Mac184;” – 1” in height. Feed it, water it, mow it and Bermuda will be happy.

ZOYSIA – is a popular grass because it is known to tolerate shade. Do not make the mistake of thinking it will tolerate full shade, it will not. In order for zoysia grass to perform to its best ability, you must mow at the correct height. This is determined by what your terrain will allow you. 1” – 2” in height works well. Emerald must not be allowed to clump and lay over. Zoysia needs nutrients. It is known to be prone to fungus when weather conditions such as humidity and wet conditions prevail. Preventative fungicides are very effective in helping emerald zoysia and Z-52 stay healthy.

CENTIPEDE – is a somewhat tricky grass to grow properly and to keep healthy. It loves full sun, will tolerate heat and some drought conditions. It does not like cold temperatures and will not tolerate shade. Centipede grass has a shallow root system and sometimes our winter weather can cause injury killing areas of the lawn. Centipede grass prefers to be kept at 2” – 3” in height. It prefers a lower pH so check your pH yearly. This is a grass that is best left to a professional if you have not had any experience with it. Preventative fungicides and insecticides are a good course of action for this grass.

ST. AUGUSTINE – is a grass that is somewhat more tolerant of shade than any of your other sodded grasses, but do not plant in complete shade. It must receive some direct sun but will tolerate some filtered sun. Preventative care is a must in this lawn. Chinch bugs are fatal to this grass. It is best to prevent this insect during the growing season. Fungus is also a culprit and systemic fungicides are an excellent course of action. Check pH yearly. St. Augustine functions best in the range of 7.0 – 7.5. Winter injury can occur due to a shallow root system. This is a grass that is best left to a professional who will be able to check for these problems and keep you advised.

FESCUE – is a cool season seeded grass that is known to tolerate shade better than any other type of grass. It is seeded in the late fall, October-November. Just keep in mind that this grass is just the opposite of our southern grasses as far as feeding and caring for it. Fescue actively grows in the fall so you would be fertilizing this grass in the winter. Summer heat and drought conditions are hard on this grass and if in full sun, you may lose some of the grass. Keep this grass cut at 2” – 3” in height. Keep pH in the range of 5.5-7.0 for best results. Keep well irrigated in the summer.