Warm-season grasses are the most common in the Tampa Bay area because of the hot and humid temperatures. Since residents invest in a variety of these grasses, it’s important to know their unique mowing heights and backgrounds. If you’re located in Tampa or a surrounding area like Brandon and Riverview, one of these grass types is likely yours:

    Centipede Grass

    This is a durable grass for poor soil conditions—i.e. acidic or infertile. As a very low maintenance grass, Centipede grows slowly and can take up to 30 days for seeds to germinate. Be wary of pests for this grass type because it tends to attract nematodes, tiny worms that attack plants and other insects in the soil.

    Recommended mowing height: 1 to 1½ inches

    Bermuda Grass

    Bermuda’s exceptional heat tolerance makes it a popular choice in areas with hot climates. Requiring little maintenance, it only needs reseeding once a year and easily lies dormant in the winter. This grass is a good choice if you’re primarily concerned with durability.

    Recommended mowing height: 1 to 1½ inches

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    St. Augustine Grass

    St. Augustine thrives well in shady areas. If your lawn receives relatively low sunlight, choose this grass type. Although more cold and frost are needed to make St. Augustine go dormant, it’s not burdensome to maintain during the winter here. One drawback is this lawn tends to turn brown during cold weather because it recovers slowly, even after overseeding.

    Recommended mowing height: 2½ inches.

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    Zoysia Grass

    Zoysia, among the more expensive grasses, is famous for its rich color. It also thrives under frequent foot traffic, but this grass requires patience since it takes 1-3 months to grow. The recovery time for Zoysia is also slow if the turf is damaged. Plant this grass in areas with decent sun exposure since it doesn’t survive cold weather well.

    Recommended mowing height: 1½ to 2 inches

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