Bahia grasses, including the Argentine, Pensacola and Tifton 9 varieties, are well adapted for Florida lawns throughout the peninsula. Bermuda, centipede and carpet grasses are other options, but factors such as sunlight and soil acidity restrict their use to certain areas and types of earth.
Bahia grasses are drought tolerant, durable and insect resistant. Argentine Bahia grass is one of the most popular lawn grasses for use in northern and southern Florida, but caretakers must mow it frequently to prevent summer seed heads. Of the Bermuda grasses, medium quality Bermuda is the most frequently used variety for lawns, but it requires heavy maintenance and does not grow as well in sandy soils. St. Augustine is another popular choice for lawns, but this grass must be planted from sods or plugs.