St. Augustine Bitter Blue

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St. Augustine Bitter Blue Maintenance Guide


St. Augustine Bitter Blue

Bitter Blue is one of the St. Augustine sods and known best for its dark bluish-green color and unique texture. This type of St. Augustine grass is less coarse than other varieties. Bitter blue blades are broad with large, flat, dense stems. This creates a thick, and luscious look for your lawn.

Using Bitter Blue St Augustine Sod will bring you a hardy sod that can tolerate shade, cold weather, and adapts well to most soils.   Bitter Blue looks the most like Floratam, so if you have existing Floratam and are looking for something in shady areas to match, this is your best bet. Bitter Blue has the same blade width and similar growth patterns to Floratam. Bitter Blue has a slight blue hue in color.


St. Augustine Bitter Blue Overview:

  • Medium Maintenance
  • Watering Frequency 1 inch per week
  • Slow Growth
  • Drought Resistant
  • Excellent Shade Tolerance
  • Improved Disease Resistance

Bitter Blue St Augustine sod only requires 4 hours of filtered sunlight. This St. Augustine sod is better at adapting than any other variety when taking cold into consideration. Bitter Blue sod must regularly be maintained with the use of pesticides and de-weeding.

This sod has increased sensitivity to triazine herbicides (e.g., atrazine, simazine), which can make it hard to control weeds in certain situations. A benefit to Bitter Blue is the growth rate. It grows much slower than other St. Augustine sod varieties. Thus it requires less mowing.

Bitter Blue should be mowed to a height of 3.5-4 inches. Repeatedly mowing bitter blue at a lower height will increase the stress on the lawn, this won’t allow for deep rooting, and enhances the chance for scalping, and increases susceptibility to sod pests.

For these reasons, maintaining the right height helps the grass develop a deep, and healthy root system. It also gives your sod a beautiful appearance. If you are irrigating on an as-needed basis, you will maintain any established mature grass. This is all depending upon the amount of water that is applied. You want to irrigate when leaf blades begin to fold up, wilt, turn a blue-gray color, and when footprints are visible after walking on the sod.

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