CitraBlue® Sod in California

A cool-season turfgrass

CitraBlue® St. Augustine grass was developed by the University of Florida’s turfgrass breeding program. It is known for its deep blue-green color and disease resistance. CitraBlue® has less vertical growth and allows for less mowing and maintenance. Its shade tolerance and winter color are ranked at the top of St. Augustine varieties.

General Rating

  • Drought Tolerance
  • Disease Resistance
  • Wear Resistance
  • Shade Tolerance
  • Recovery from Moderate Wear
  • Winter Color
  • Heat Tolerance

These ratings give a general guideline to assist you in choosing the right sod for your needs. For in-depth questions, please contact the farm nearest you (phone numbers shown below).

Available at these farms

Moreno Valley, CA

Maintenance Guide

For the first 20 days, water as needed to keep the topsoil moist. After 20 days, water two or three times a week during warm weather. No watering is required during winter dormancy. Sandy soil requires more frequent watering than clay soil. Inland areas require more water than coastal areas. Special attention should be paid to slopes and mounds where runoff occurs. More frequent, shorter watering may be necessary.

Fertilize in six to eight week intervals during warm weather, depending on your lawn’s color. Light green is an indication that your lawn needs fertilizer. Use an all-purpose fertilizer and follow label directions.

Mow seven to ten days after installation. Mow to a height of 2 to 3 inches. CitraBlue® should be mowed at least once a week during the warm season. You will not need to mow when your sod is dormant. Never mow more than one third of the blade at one time; it may injure the plant.

CitraBlue® is highly resistant to common disease problems. The appearance of brown spots may be a result of a watering problem. If brown spots remain after adjusting your watering routine, a disease may be present. Consult your local garden center as soon as possible.

After your new sod has been established at least four weeks, you may begin pesticide application for insect control, if necessary. Because pest and weed conditions vary from area to area, it is best to follow the recommendations of your local garden center or other turf specialist for your area.

To minimize thatch, dethatch at least once per year or more as needed. The preferable time to dethatch is in the spring.

Technical Data

 Technical Data

 Common Name

St. Augustine

 Species

Stenotaphrum Secundatum

 Growth Rate

Summer 1/2 to 3/4 inches per week
Winter 0 to 1/2 inches per week

 Root Depth

1 to 3 feet, depending upon soil type and watering patterns.

 Adaptability

 Soils Range

Fair tolerance to saline soil conditions. Amendments are recommended for heavy clay soils to promote drainage

 Temperature Tolerance

20°F. to 120°F.

 ET0

.5 minimum, .7 preferred

 pH Range

5.0-8.5, 7.0 optimum

 Shade Tolerance

Prefers full sun, but tolerates 60% shade.

 Geographic Range

(Refer to temperature chart above.)

 Standards and Measures

 Size

2.5 sq. ft. per piece
500 sq. ft. per pallet

 Big Rolls

200 to 400 sq. ft.

 Soil Thickness

1/2 inch +/- 1/8 inch, plus top growth

 Weight

2,500 to 3,000 lbs. per pallet

 Other

100% Weed Free Sod

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Moreno Valley, CA
800-233-5254

Palmdale, CA
800-669-4763

Fresno, CA
888-800-8483

Stockton, CA
800-588-6882

Fort Collins, CO
970-482-6574

Mt. Vernon, WA
800-247-6348