The most often overlooked step in soil preparation is an actual soil test so that you can determine exactly how deficient your soil is and what it needs. Once you have tested the soil, you can add lime to correct pH levels to aid in nutrient absorption; and fertilizer to help fuel new growth.
First and foremost, it is imperative to plant grass at the right time of year. It is common to plant year-round in Florida – as long as you don’t live too far north, but the best times to plant grass seed are actually spring and fall. Summer heat can be too harsh, creating brown spots in your lawn, and spring or fall (not too late) timing enables grass seed to get enough water and nutrients to become strong before the more inhospitable winter months.
There are many types of hearty grasses that grow well in Florida, including Bahia, Bermuda, St. Augustine and Zoysia. There are, however, some rules of thumb and suggested steps for successful grass planting in Florida.
Next you need to remove weeds. You can use a spade, but weed killer is so much easier on the back and often just as effective. Also remove roots and stumps. Then grade soil away from your home – with a very slight slope – so that water cannot collect at your foundation. It’s good to add compost for better aeration and drainage.
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A naturally deep root system makes Bahiagrass very drought-tolerant, even in the sandy soils common to the Southeast. Its natural texture is more coarse than many regional grasses, particularly cool-season grasses common in northern zones. Though Bermudagrass has greater drought tolerance in sand, few other warm-season grasses match Bahia on this strength. Bahiagrass prefers full sun, but it tolerates limited shade better than Bermuda. It also has better tolerance for poorly drained soils. 2
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Weed Prevention and Fertilization
Pennington Pensacola Bahiagrass Grass Seed builds on core Bahiagrass strengths. It excels even in poor soil conditions to form durable, dense, drought-resistant lawns. Its deep, extensive root system enhances tolerance to heat and cold, giving Pensacola better winter hardiness and improved turf quality than common Bahia.
Water only as needed to retain grass color.
Prevent crabgrass in your established Bahiagrass lawn in early spring with Pennington UltraGreen Crabgrass Preventer Plus Fertilizer III 30-0-4. Apply any time before crabgrass germinates, which happens when soil temperatures consistently reach 55 degrees Fahrenheit. In southern Florida, this can happen in early February or even late January. Make sure you read the label instructions for Bahiagrass lawns before application.