Scotts Miracle-Gro put over 20 years and more than $100 million into researching and developing Scotts ProVista St. Augustine grass. This variation of St. Augustine grass was specifically developed to fend off weeds, making it a popular choice for both residential and commercial applications. It grows in a dense, uniform pattern, so it looks great, even with minimal mowing. Keep reading to learn more about this versatile grass type and why it might be an excellent choice for your Florida lawn.
Scotts ProVista St. Augustine grass features a blue-green color. Its dense growth pattern is one of the factors that make this grass type so weed-resistant. The density of the blades muscles out weeds before they can truly take hold.
Hardiness and Durability
Scotts ProVista St. Augustine grass grows well in Florida’s climate. It can get by in either sun or shade, which sets it apart from many other grasses. In fact, it really only needs about four hours of sunshine each day to keep it at its best. Of course, it does just as well in full sun, so it is easy to incorporate this type of grass into virtually any yard configuration.
The key distinguishing factor of Scotts ProVista St. Augustine grass is its weed-resistance. In addition to naturally fending off weeds with dense growth, this grass has also been engineered to withstand the use of glyphosate, a common chemical in a variety of weed-killing products. You can chemically treat your lawn for weeds without worrying about harm to the lawn itself.
Scotts ProVista St. Augustine grass grows horizontally more than vertically, so it is easy to propagate into a fresh, new lawn. It is remarkably durable and fills in any damaged areas rapidly, making it a great choice for homes with children or pets, as well as for sports fields and other high-traffic areas. The slow vertical growth means that you won’t have to mow as frequently to keep your lawn looking great.
Care and Maintenance
As mentioned above, Scotts ProVista St. Augustine grass grows in quickly, so you won’t have much waiting time between adding fresh sod to your yard and being able to actually use your new lawn. Do your best to stay off the sod while it is taking root to minimize any damage and give your lawn a chance to establish itself.
Once your lawn has solidly taken root, mow it every week or so, keeping the blade height between 3 and 4 inches. Although this grass does well at a longer length than many other grasses, it is important not to go too long between mowing sessions. Each time you mow, you shouldn’t cut more than a third of the total grass height, as trimming more than that can overly stress the grass, leaving it vulnerable to lawn pests and diseases.
Aim to run your sprinklers early in the morning before the peak heat and sunshine of the day. This will prevent the water from evaporating and give your lawn time to absorb the moisture it needs. Scotts ProVista St. Augustine grass needs about an inch of water each week, so adjust your sprinkler schedule around rainy weather to avoid overwatering.
If weeds do appear, feel free to use weed-eradication products freely, as those containing glyphosates won’t damage your Scotts ProVista St. Augustine grass. If you prefer to avoid using chemicals, you can pull weeds out by their roots instead. Fortunately, you won’t need to worry about many of them growing in the first place thanks to this grass style’s natural weed-resistance. If you do have to pull weeds, be wary of over weeding in the fall and winter when your Scotts ProVista grass is growing even slower than usual. The extra-slow growth means it will take longer to fill in any bare patches.
Is Scotts ProVista Grass Right for Your Florida Home?
At Duda Sod, we will be more than happy to help you determine the answer to that question. Our Florida sod farm offers a wide selection of grass types, all of which grow well throughout the state. We’ll help you select the best option to suit your needs and preferences.