St Augustine Sod
St Augustine is primarily a residential grass, St Augustine is a hardy, medium to fast growing grass that spreads by long, above-ground runners (or stolons). Its fast-growing nature and drought tolerance have contributed to its wide-spread usage.
- Color: Deep Green, Sometimes Blue-Green
- Texture: Dense turf with a coarse texture
- Sun/Shade Tolerance: Augustine tolerates moderate levels of shade, but will become thin under dense shade conditions.
- Watering: Best suited to humid climates, St. Augustine needs regular (at least weekly) watering for optimal appearance but it can survive drought conditions.
- Mowing Height: 2″ — 4″ Augustine requires mowing approximately every 2 weeks in early Spring and as often as every 5 days by late Spring / early Summer.
Choosing St Augustine Sod
St Augustine grass is often the most popular choice for lawns throughout the southern United States. This grass does very well in coastal regions because oceanic climates tend to moderate damaging cold temperatures. Since St. Augustine grass is native to the Caribbean, Africa and Mediterranean regions, it is best adapted to humid and sub-tropical climates.
Common St Augustine has been used in Texas for over a century and has been grown for commercial purposes in Texas for 90 years. St Augustine thrives in a variety of soil conditions and is relatively disease resistant. This grass fares well in moderate shade and full sun and in well-drained or less optimally drained environments. Common Texas St. Augustine is known for its salt tolerance and relative disease resistance.
This grass is used for both commercial and residential properties, but it does function mainly as a lawn grass. It is considered to be the most shade tolerant among the warm season turf grasses. While St. Augustine can be grown in all of Texas, its lack of cold hardiness means that it might not be the best choice for the northern third of Texas (including Dallas and Fort Worth) since occasionally the winters can get more extreme in these areas. This grass does perform very well in Southeast Texas (including the Houston area)and in Central and West Texas if it has additional supplemental irrigation. While it can survive drought conditions, St. Augustine’s drought tolerance is not as strong as Bermuda grasses.
Caring for St Augustine Sod
St. Augustine grass is a coarse species which means that it has larger leaf blades and will have a coarser texture than Bermuda. It is a low to moderate maintenance lawn grass that does not tolerate high levels of traffic.