Sapphire St Augustine Grass Plug Facts
Sapphire St Augustine grass boasts a distinctive deep, blue-green color along with a soft texture you'll love running your fingers or toes through.
Sapphire retains the characteristics of its heritage by delivering fast lateral growth, durability and less maintenance once established.
Its long blades and purple stolons grow quickly across the lawn surface to cover bald patches instead of growing high quickly and causing you the headache of high-frequency mowing.
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Uses For Sapphire St. Augustine Grass Plugs
Sapphire St. Augustine Grass Lawn Plugs are suitable for demanding, warm climates, Sapphire tolerates salt, shade, and drought well.
This makes Sapphire an excellent choice for
Southern and coastal regions. Sapphire St. Augustine also requires less fertilization and exhibits improved wear recovery with reduced weed problems.
Sapphire St Augustine Grass Plugs are suitable for use in commercial and residential landscapes.
- Beautiful blue-green color with excellent Fall color retention and good Spring green up
- Fine leaf appearance with rapid horizontal growth
- Drought and heat tolerant
- Hardwearing in demanding climates with excellent injury recovery
- Needs less maintenance, fertilization and water
- Reduced weed problems -- has good weed control
- Sun and Shade tolerant with excellent heat tolerance and very good drought tolerance
- Very good drought tolerance and disease resistance
- Good salt tolerance
- Mow with a rotary mower at heights of .05" to 2.5" -- Mowing rate is reduced by horizontal growth habit
Areas Of Adaptation For Sapphire St Augustine Grass
Sapphire St Augustine Grass Plugs are an excellent choice for the Southern and Coastal regions of the USA extending across from the Carolinas, down to Florida and across to California.
have provided the 2012 USDA Hardiness Zone map. Sapphire St Augustine grass is adapted to USDA Hardiness zones 9-10. See the USDA Hardiness Map for 2012 on the right here. You may click on the image for
a larger view.
Soil, Climate, And Fertility Requirements
Augustine will grow in a wide variety of soil types and develops a deep root system that assists in it's drought tolerance. Proper watering is important as you want Sapphire to develop
this deep root system and that is determined by the
of watering that you do -- see watering below.
Sapphire will flourish in full sun and is also moderately shade tolerant -- requiring 3-4 hours of direct sunlight a day. Sapphire prefers the warmer climates of the Southern and
Coastal areas of the USA.
- Perform a soil analysis for best results. St. Augustine grows quite well with a starter fertilizer or organic compost added into the soil at the time of planting and
fertilization monthly until fully established. Newly planted grass needs more phosphorous than nitrogen to begin with. In fact it is recommended to take it easy on the Nitrogen when
growing St. Augustine grass.
Generally Sapphire requires 3-4 fertilizer applications/year - spring, summer and fall. Make routine observations and fertilize according to what the landscape indicates. Understand what
and how much fertilizer you are applying. Avoid disease and insect inducing growth flushes by reducing Nitrogen rates. Improve color and limit growth surges, especially in summer, by
utilizing Iron sources. Higher Nitrogen rates should only be applied in the spring, for injury recovery, or for planned “peaking” of Sapphire. Apply balanced, slow-release fertilizers with
lower rates of Nitrogen in the summer and fall. Recommended fertilizers are balanced, time release fertilizers, such as a 16-04-08, for most uses. Use products with more iron to improve
color. Consult with your local retailer, landscape professional or county extension office for specific recommendations.
- St. Augustine grass will not survive in dry inland areas without supplemental irrigation. As a general rule, Sapphire should receive 3/4 - 1" of water once a week from
irrigation or rainfall. Remember to water deep -- to a depth of 3 inches -- deeper watering makes for deeper roots. So water less and water deeply. Water requirements would also be
determined by your type of soil with heavier soils requiring less water than sandy soils. St Augustine will not grow in "boggy" or wet soils. Once it is fully developed in areas of
consistent rainfall it grows rather well on its own, but further inland and in drought conditions it will have to be watered and fertilized more to maintain a lush stand. St. Augustine
grass will not survive in dry inland areas without supplemental irrigation.
For more information on maintaining Sapphire St Augustine
please see this PDF document.
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