Our 600-acre sod farm is conveniently located just 20 miles east of Gainesville in Melrose, FL. We grow the highest quality Bahia and Bermuda sod available in North Central Florida. Inspected and certified every 30-days, our meticulously maintained Bahia
and Bermuda performance turf sod is fertilized and free of weeds. Don’t take our word for it, references are available upon request.
Our customers include landscape professionals, residential and commercial contractors, developers, property owners, FDOT and more. We offer turf installation services for both pallets and rolls. Land clearing, ground preparation and land grading are also among the services that can be added to any sod installation project.
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Why choose GROVIN SOD FARM?
- Pallets and Big Rolls – Our Pallets: (400 SF) // Big Roll (227.5 SF) 42” X 65’
- All sod is cut to order
- Pick-up or delivery service available
- Volume discount pricing
What Makes Us Different? Just to name a few….
- No driver waiting! Scheduled pick up times assigned when your order is placed
- We make it easy . Convenient ONLINE payments accepted
- AND keep it straight! Appointment reminders sent by text or email
- Have an emergency? We offer weekend services upon request
Bahiagrass forms an extensive, deep root system and maintains itself better than other grasses in infertile, sandy soil. Bahia does not require high inputs of water or fertilizer, making it a good choice for home sites on large lots and acreage or areas where there is no irrigation system. During extended drought periods, Bahiagrass will go into a drought-induced dormancy and turn brown until conditions become favorable for regrowth.
Argentine Bahiagrass forms a relatively dense sod and has a dark blue-green color, making it ideal for lawn use in many areas of Florida. It has good insect and disease resistance and tolerates cold temperatures well.
Although Bahiagrass lawns can be established from seed, sod is the preferred method amongst most homeowners. Bahiagrass seed germinates very slowly and takes longer than usual to establish a uniform turf cover. Additionally, the slow growth habit of Bahiagrass makes it a poor candidate for plugging or sprigging since weeds typically overtake the open areas.
Bahiagrass requires some maintenance to look good in residential and commercial applications. The grass tends to thin out over time and has low resistance to weed control products. During the growing season, mowing is recommended every 7-14 days to a height of 3-4 inches.
Bahiagrass is commonly used on residential lawns and commercial areas. FDOT also uses Bahiagrass along roadways, in ditches and around retention ponds. Bahiagrass is not a good solution for sloped areas or to control washouts.
The Pros and Cons of Bahiagrass
Advantages of Bahiagrass:
- Can be established any time of year in much of Florida
- Soft texture with good fall color retention and spring green up rating
- Grows well in sand, sandy loam, loam, clay and muck soils
- Grows well in soils with lower pH (5.0-6.5)
- Excellent injury recovery and resistance to wear
- Flourishes better on flat, dry infertile soils than most other turf grasses
- Resistant to diseases and pests
- Drought tolerant
Disadvantages of Bahiagrass:
- Not recommended for shaded areas
- Higher pH soils (>7) may result in iron deficiencies and yellowing leaves
- Produces tall seed heads during growing season that may not be aesthetically pleasing to some property owners
- Requires a heavy duty mower due to the tough leaves and seed head stems
- Seasonal and drought-induced dormancy causes the turf to turn brown and stop growing
Bermudagrasses are among the most widely used warm-season grasses in Florida. Improved, fine-textured bermudagrasses are used throughout the south on golf courses, athletic fields and in high-profile residential and commercial landscapes where a fine-textured, dense ground cover is desired.
Because of the high maintenance requirements of the improved bermudagrasses, however, they are not generally recommended for use as a home lawngrass.
Common bermudagrass varieties are often found as pasture and roadside grasses. These coarse-leaved varieties do not provide high quality nor do they require the high maintenance of the fine-textured varieties.
The Pros and Cons of Bermudagrass
Advantages of Bermudagrass:
- Produces a vigorous, medium green, dense turf that is well adapted to most soils and climates found in Florida
- Excellent wear, drought, and salt tolerance
- Establishes rapidly and is able to outcompete most weed species.
- It is readily available as sod or plugs
Disadvantages of Bermudagrass:
- Improved bermudagrasses require high levels of maintenance
- They have poor tolerance to many insect, disease, and nematode pests, which limits their use in home lawn sites
- The aggressive growth habits can rapidly invade flower and landscape beds
- This aggressive growth also fosters thatch buildup
- Poor to medium cold tolerance and relatively poor shade tolerance
- Professional lawn care company may best handle maintenance of this species