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St Augustine Sod Costs

Some people assume that they only need new grass or sod when they move to a house that lacks any type of landscaping. While model homes, homes in new communities and existing homes may not require new landscaping, other homeowners find themselves in need after adverse weather conditions plague their area. A harsh winter or overly dry summer can cause grass to die. St. Augustine sod is one type of grass that some homeowners choose for its hardiness. Those homeowners need to look at the cost of the sod and a host of other factors before deciding if it's the right option for them.

The Costs

  • Bitter Blue, Classic St. Augustine and Sod Seville: $130 for 400 to 500 square feet
  • Raleigh: $125 for 450 square feet
  • AmeriShade: $225 for 450 square feet

Types of Sod

St. Augustine sod, like many other types of sod, is a name that actually includes a host of other varieties. Homeowners should always take the time to look at the different options and select one with the right color and texture for their needs. Bitter Blue is one version of St. Augustine. It has thicker blades located closer together and a darker green color than other varieties. Floratine gets its name from the fact that researchers in Florida developed the strand after an insect infestation swept across the state. It has a thicker texture and can withstand several different types of bugs.

Some homeowners might prefer the Floralawn variety, which researchers bred for areas with harsher and drier climates. It does well in areas that receive little rainfall throughout the year. Floratam is similar to the other varieties, but it thrives in warmer and wetter climates, including parts of southern California and Florida. Those looking for something with a richer color might appreciate the Sapphire variety, which has a slightly blue color. It is also helpful to look at varieties created for specific states and climates, including Palmetto and Raleigh. Raleigh St. Augustine thrives in parts of North Carolina while Palmetto does well in Texas.

Advantages of St. Augustine

St. Augustine is a hearty type of grass that grows and thrives in warmer climates. Those willing to take the time to care for their lawns and to mow and water the grass will find that it can survive for years. The grass only requires watering several times a week and no more than once every two days, making it easy for homeowners to care for the grass. The sod also comes in a number of different types and varieties, letting shoppers find a grass that will thrive where they live.

Though St. Augustine will not grow in cooler climates, including the Midwest and Northeast, it does do well on the West Coast and in the South. Researchers developed several different varieties to withstand dangers facing a particular area. North Carolina residents can find grasses that grow in the warmer climate while Florida residents can find grasses that withstand the threat of specific insects. The color of the grass ranges from a rich and lush tropical or emerald green to a bold and vibrant blue-green shade.

Disadvantages of St. Augustine

St. Augustine sod comes in several different varieties each with their own color and consistency. As a tropical grass, it can only grow in areas with a large amount of sunlight and high temperatures throughout the year. Best suited for Florida, California, Texas and other southern states, it doesn't fare well in the Midwest and in other cooler climates. The grass will die when exposed to temperatures below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, making it a poor choice for many homes. Homeowners will also find that they need to water the grass right after installation and several times throughout the week, but prolonged and extensive watering will kill the grass.

It's also important that homeowners realize that St. Augustine grass can spread even when properly maintained. The grass has a low root system that lets the grass spread to areas around the yard, and it can take over flowers and other types of plants. Homeowners will need to kill the root system or hire a landscaping team to take care of the problem.

Cost of Grass

Most companies selling St. Augustine sod usually offer the grass in pallets. These pallets typically cover 400 to 500 square feet of space, though some shoppers might find 450 square pallets available. Before purchasing the sod, the homeowners must measure the overall size of their laws and add several square feet to those measurements to compensate for unique angles or odd shapes in the lawn. The cost generally ranges from around $100 to $225 per pallet, with most companies offering sod pallets starting at $125

Things to Consider

Though St. Augustine sod looks great thanks to its lush and tropical appearance, it isn't a good choice for high-traffic areas. The grass does best in areas with low to moderate amounts of traffic. Those who add the grass around a swimming pool or in a lawn where they frequently entertain and host guests will find that the grass cannot keep up with the use. 

Homeowners should also know that this type of sod tends to spread diseases and insects to other areas of the lawn as it disperses. Those who maintain their lawns and frequently mow or use pesticides can keep the grass in check. Though using too much pesticide can kill the sod, homeowners must use a small amount to take care of the insects and pests growing and living in the grass. 

St. Augustine sod is one of the more affordable grasses available to homeowners. In addition to the upfront cost of purchasing the sod, they also need to consider the cost of hiring a landscaping crew. This crew will ensure that the grass pieces fit together and work with any existing elements in the yard so that the grass will grow into one large piece. The overall landscaping costs vary based on the size of the yard and the work involved.

Last updated on May 16, 2016

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