Types of Florida Grasses

florida grass mansfield landscapingSt. Augustine Grass – By far the most popular choice for lawns in Florida, St. Augustine grass has a broad, flat blades and is nearly a dark bluish-green in color. Planted by sprigs, plugs or sods, St. Augustine is spread over the ground using stolons or runners – resulting in a dense layer of lawn that establishes quickly and thrives beautifully in warm climates. Requiring irrigation to maintain its pristine appearance, St. Augustine can still survive a drought and be grown in a wide variety of soil types. It’s best kept mowed to a height of around 3.5 to 4 inches in length.

Bermuda Grass – Most commonly used for recreational sports fields and golf courses for its ability to withstand heavy traffic, Bermuda grass has long, rough edges and is usually greyish-green in color. It grows very well in Florida’s hot climate and has a deep root system that makes Bermuda grass extremely resistant to drought. Bermuda grass can be grown using sprigs or seed and is required to have full sunlight. Bermuda grass forms a solid, dense mat and grows very quickly in various types of soil. Bermuda Grass is nicknamed “Devil’s grass” because of its tendency to aggressively spread into flower beds and gardens.

Bahia Grass – Due to its ability to grow in soils that are sandy and less fertile, Bahia grass is a popular grass choice in Florida. A crab apple green grass, Bahia grass is grown with seeds and produces a solid, dense sod. Very tolerant to dry or drought conditions, Bahia forms a highly extensive root system and a resistance to lawn pests. Bahia does not take well to being over watered or in too much shade and will withstand moderate traffic.

Centipede Grass – The most common grass used for Florida lawns, Centipede grass is ideal for homeowners who desire a low key, low maintenance lawn. Yellowish-green in color, Centipede grass spreads to produce a medium texture by stolons. A slowly growing grass, Centipede allows for longer time to pass between mows and is drought resistant and able to grow in sandy or mildly acidic soil. While sensitive to over fertilization, Centipede grass requires little for turf maintenance.

For more information on the grass in your lawn or choices in re-sodding your lawn with a different type of grass, contact Mansfield Landscaping.

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What Your Neighbors Are Saying About Mansfield Landscaping

Steve Mansfield and his AMAZING crew just finished landscaping our yard. We sat down with Steve on a Sunday evening (yes, he came out on his day off!!), designed the concept of the yard, we went to his nursery on Tuesday and they finished the entire project the following Monday (it would have been sooner but it was over Thanksgiving weekend and they didn't work that Thursday). Steve personally picked out our Queen palms and put in the most beautiful triple Sylvester Palm we've ever seen. As other posts have stated before, he brought out almost double the plants used in the yard to ensure we had plenty of choices. They lay everything out in the beds before they plant so we had an opportunity to move things around to our liking. After everything was completed my husband and I have agreed that Mansfield Landscaping went WAY above and beyond or expectations. We live on a street that is highly traveled (across from the Charlotte Pool and mailbox) and so many people have stopped to tell us how beautiful it is. We recommend Mansfield Landscaping to anyone interested in working with a company that produces professional results and cares so much about his clients.

Anonymous (The Villages)

The Mansfield crew did a terrific job talking with us about what we wanted, and where we wanted the plantings. They brought out a big selection of plants to chose from. The Mansfield folks were very polite and willing to help us in anyway as we determined what we wanted installed. What we wanted moved from existing plants. And care and feeding of the newly installed plants and palms. Ron in particular was very helpful as well as the regular crew foreman. Scott the lighting and irrigation guy was very through. We would highly recommend Steve Mansfield and his company for landscaping work in The Villages.

Jim and Mollie Chritton

We highly recommend Mansfield Landscaping if you expect 100+% satisfaction in a timely manner with no hassles. We recently engaged them to make additions and improvements to our current landscaping. We were able to quickly schedule a meeting and have the project completed in a very short time frame. They understood exactly what we were looking for - in fact the results more than met our expectations at which time we requested additional work which was also completed within a few days! They are very professional and an absolute delight with which to do business.

Pat Borror-Stier (The Villages)

Mansfield did our landscaping in the last 3 weeks and we couldn't be any happier. The did a phenomonal job in a short amount of time and we are ecstatic. Please feel free to come by and see ours on Evinston Court.

Oren Miller (www.talkofthevillages.com)

We used Mansfield Landscaping as well. They did an excellent job and we were very impressed with their nursery and the workmanship. We had walls build and landscaping. Our palms look as nice as the day they were planted and so far we have not had any problem with any of the shrubs. Steve has stopped by several times just to make sure everything is okay with landscaping. I would definitely recommend Mansfield. This spring we need to tackle the lawn as that is a mess. Can anyone recommend a good landscaper for installation of sod? Looking for someone that does a lot of sod installation.

Lincap (www.talkofthevillages.com)

Steve & his wonderful team did a wonderful job at our house. We look so pretty now! Feel free to ride by and check us out. They also work very quickly. People have been stopping in front of our house and they love what they see. We are so pleased with the end result. What a “dream team” Steve Mansfield has put together. I would like to thank each and every one of them for a fabulous job well done.

Bill & Toni

I have always had a positive experience with Mansfield Landscaping. We shopped many potential landscapers and none of them had the industry knowledge and level of customer service I received from Manfield. Additionally, we have continued to have great service by this crew AFTER we paid them, and to me, that is the true test of a good company.

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