Florida’s Economic Growth Creates Opportunity and Challenges for the Turfgrass Industry

Florida’s documented real estate boom has provided an economic boost in the state and to the industries that provide labor and materials to the housing market.  Homebuilders and landscapers across Florida have learned the benefits of installing improved turfgrass, from enhanced aesthetics to the environmental benefits of reduced irrigation and mowing.  Sod Solutions’ EMPIRE Turf® has become the state’s standard for quality zoysia grass.  The high demand for EMPIRE has created a shortage of the product in the state of Florida.

“Sod Solutions has several proven turfgrass varieties in the Florida market,” said Tobey Wagner, president of Sod Solutions.  “While we love the look and product benefits of EMPIRE, we are pleased that during a shortage, consumers can still have a quality lawn with one of our other varieties, including Palmetto® St. Augustine and Celebration® Bermudagrass.”

The EMPIRE shortage is a result of increased demand, large scale development projects and a faster than expected residential growth in the Florida market.  In the past few years over 500 million square feet of EMPIRE has been sold to thousands of home lawns and throughout neighborhoods in Florida.  There are currently over 3,500 acres of EMPIRE to supply the needs of the Florida market.  EMPIRE’s supply should stabilize in late spring/early summer.

EMPIRE turfgrass, a course bladed zoysia grass, is dark green in color, proven to have wear tolerance, requires less mowing and is chinch bug resistant.  EMPIRE can be found throughout the southeast on home lawns and is used for specific golf applications.

Palmetto St. Augustine is the most sold patented turfgrass in the world.  Selected for its color and finer texture, Palmetto is proven to demonstrate superior shade, cold, frost, heat and drought tolerance.  This versatile turfgrass is used across the southern United States under a wide range of climate and soil conditions.

Celebration is a deep, blue-green bermudagrass that has finished best in numerous university research studies for wear tolerance and recovery, drought resistance and shade tolerance. Found in professional and college sports venues, golf courses and home lawns, Celebration performs well across a variety of applications. Celebration is currently being used throughout the southern United States and around the world.

About Sod Solutions
Sod Solutions, Inc., an international turfgrass research and development company incorporated in 1994, is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina.  In conjunction with universities and breeders, Sod Solutions has developed a portfolio of turfgrass varieties in the St. Augustine, bermudagrass, zoysia, centipede and cool season families.  From their flagship variety, Palmetto® St. Augustine, Sod Solutions continues to launch new varieties of turfgrass to meet the environmental and consumer demands in the marketplace.  Sod Solution turfgrass varieties are grown and distributed worldwide. For more information, visit www.sodsolutions.com.

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