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Choosing a Type of Sod for Your Needs

St Augustine Floratam Sod InstallationChoosing a type of sod for your needs can be a tricky task to tackle.When it comes to choosing the right type of sod there are many different varieties to inquire. Many factors may come into play when choosing the right fit for you. There are several different looks, feels, colors and shade and sun tolerant varieties. The single most important factor to take into consideration when deciding which type of sod to go with is the amount of sunlight present.

Certain types of grass can handle low amounts of sunlight, while others require near full sun to thrive. For those who live in HOA communities, you’ll want to check which type of sod options for your needs that they’ll allow you to put in. We’ve put together many different options and their character traits for you to review. All varieties are options for zone 8a-10b. Those that live in the Central Florida area and need help with sod removal and installation, we’re here to lend a hand as well.

Which Type Of Sod Fits My Needs

St. Augustine Varieties

Floratam: Floratam is the most widely produced St. Augustine sod in Florida. This St. Augustine grass was specifically designed for hot, humid climates making it perfect for Florida sod projects. Floratam will not survive in areas with less than 6 hours of sunlight daily. The blades are a dark green-blue, and the leaves are wide and coarse.

Seville: Seville St. Augustine sod is a dwarf variety with a dark green color and low growth habit. Seville is one of the better options for St. Augustine grass options when it comes to shade tolerance in Florida sod projects. It handles full sun, partial shade, and dense shade areas very well. The downfall is the cold tolerance; it does not do well with extreme cold making this an option for Central to South Florida only.

Palmetto: Palmetto is often referred to as a semi-dwarf St. Augustine grass variety with shorter growth habit and internodes, but the blades are slightly larger than other St. Augustine sod such as Captiva, Sapphire, and Seville. Palmetto’s grass blades are a light emerald green and do well in full sun to partial shade in Florida. Sodding Palmetto in dense shade is not recommended (areas with less than 4 hours of sunlight).

Bitter Blue: Bitter Blue is better known for is dark blueish-green color and texture. Bitter blue blades are coarse, and broad, with large, flat stems. It is tolerant of shade, cold weather, and is well adapted to most soils making it a great option for residential and commercial sod projects.

Empire Zoysia

Empire Zoysia: Empire Zoysia is a full sun and partial shade tolerant grass. Zoysia also tolerates heat, cold and drought making this grass ideal for any Florida sod project. The blades are thin and hardy, yet soft enough to enjoy barefoot while partaking in activities. Tight blade growth gives Empire Zoysia a deep green color and is a favorite among hardy turf grass. Commonly used throughout golf courses, hotel resorts, theme parks, and residential communities in the Florida area. This deep dark green color will make your neighbors jealous and add major curb appeal.


Celebration Bermuda: Celebration is a striking deep blue-green bermudagrass that has finished best in numerous university research studies for wear tolerance and recovery, drought resistance and tolerance and bermudagrass shade tolerance. Found in professional and college sports venues, golf courses, and home lawn. It has an excellent wear and divot recovery, reduced fertilization making this our preferred choice for any Florida sod service project.


Argentine Bahia: At From the Ground Up we provide one type of Bahia for Florida sod service projects. Argentine Bahia, this Bahia sod is ideal for homeowners and offices working with a cheaper budget. It requires minimal attention, but proper watering is required.

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