How to Plant St. Augustine Grass Seed in Florida

Overview

St. Augustine grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum [Walt.] Kuntze) grows well in tropical and subtropical climates. It's no wonder that St. Augustine grass is the most commonly sown grass in Florida. The grass is blue-green in color; certain cultivars are shade-tolerant. Gardeners wanting to seed St. Augustine grass should plant in spring or fall in northern Florida; or in fall, winter or spring in southern Florida.

Step 1

Mow your existing lawn with your lawn mower to get it as short as possible. This helps the seeds get established and grow over the existing lawn.

Step 2

Fill in bare or low spots in your lawn with topsoil to even out the grade. If you don't have any dips in your lawn's grade, skip this step.

Step 3

Rake the top 1/4 inch of the soil with a small rake over any bare spots on your lawn. You do not need to rake the lawn in areas that have a healthy layer of grass growing.

Step 4

Scatter St. Augustine grass seed over your lawn by hand or using a mechanical spreader. Add 16 seeds per square inch, per Greenview Fertilizer's recommendation.

Step 5

Cover the grass seed with 1/4 inch of topsoil.

Step 6

Water the newly planted grass seed until the soil becomes moist but not sopping. Continue to keep the grass seed moist until it germinates.

Things You'll Need

  • Lawn mower
  • Topsoil
  • Small rake
  • Mechanical spreader (optional)

References

  • University of Florida: St. Augustinegrass for Florida Lawns
  • Greenview Fertilizer: How to Plant Grass Seed
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