Why Pick Palmetto St. Augustine Grass

Why Choose Palmetto St. Augustine Grass Sod for Your Houston Project?

Call 281-431-7441.  If you’re looking for an easy-to-care-for and shade tolerant grass for your next Houston area project, you should consider Palmetto St. Augustine grass.  In this video, Houston Grass Owner Michael Romine talks about Palmetto St. Augustine and its advantages and disadvantages for our area.  Here’s Michael.

Why Choose Palmetto St. Augustine Grass

Summary of Why Choose Palmetto St. Augustine Grass

We no longer carry Floratam St. Augustine grass.

Here we are in Palmetto St. Augustine grass at Houston Grass. We ran out of room for the plot of grass, so the Palmetto St. Augustine is what we have planted all the way around that office. When you compare Palmetto St. Augustine with the Raleigh St. Augustine grass, it’s certainly the finest bladed and most dense grass of all of them. It’s really a nice looking grass.

Most Shade Tolerant St. Augustine Grass Variety We Carry

Why Pick Palmetto St. Augustine grass
Why Pick Palmetto St. Augustine grass?

Palmetto St. Augustine grass has fairly good shade tolerance compared to the all grasses. It can subsist on about four or five hours of direct sunlight per day with filtered sunlight throughout the rest of the day. So if you got fairly a good size tree but you get some good morning and evening sun, and the branches are thinned every few years so some good sunlight gets through, the Palmetto St. Augustine could be a good alternative.

It’s no miracle grass and don’t think that you can put it underneath a couple of 50 year old oak trees and that it’s going to thrive. All these grasses prefer 100% sunlight but the Palmetto doesn’t require that. 

How much sunlight do you get? On a sunny day you go out with your phone and take a photo every hour or two. Then at the end of the day you scroll through your pictures, and it will show you the different areas of sunlight and shade through the day. You’ll get a rough measurement of which areas of your yard get how much sunlight.

Michael Romine, Houston Grass

Watering Palmetto St. Augustine Grass

As far as watering requirement, it’s similar to the rest of the grasses. It needs one inch of water per week.  If it’s not raining outside and you’re not getting that one inch of water per week, you need to irrigate. You can do that out of a hose, a couple of hours at a time twice a week or if you’ve got an irrigation system then 15 or 20 minutes per grass zone. Two to three times a week is usually what I recommend there, which is similar to the rest of the grasses. To have the nicest most lush lawn, one inch of water per week is ideal. You can over water, but under watering is normally the biggest problem. That’s when you run in the problem with chinch bugs and things like that.

Gray Leaf Spot in Palmetto St. Augustine Grass

One thing to note about the Palmetto St. Augustine is that the gray leaf spot fungus can be an issue when you plant it. If the area you’re planting in is in the shade and you’re putting lots of water on the grass during the first few days to help it root, you can help gray leaf spot get a start.  Gray leaf spot is a fungus that thrives on excessive nitrogen and excessive moisture, and if you lay the new sod in the shade and it never gets to dry out, the fungus may get started.   Once you start watering one inch per week, your grass should be fine.

The Palmetto St. Augustine is certainly a grass that should be considered whether you’ve got a 100% sunlight or you’re trying to get some grass to grow in some shade. It’s a really nice looking turf because of its thickness and its thinner blades. It is certainly something that consider.  As far as price wise it is a little bit more expensive than the others but it can be a real good solution for a lot of homeowners in the Houston area and along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Get a Quote Over the Phone

Call us at 281-431-7441 for a quick quote for your project or answers to your questions. Come on out to our office and barefoot-test your grass.  We have plots of most the varieties we sell at our office in Arcola, TX.  

You can also pick up grass at our office or we can deliver your grass to your project.  Our office is located on McKeever Road, just off Highway 6 and a few miles east of Sienna Plantation.  We can also arrange installation of your grass if you’d like.

Our grass is grown on our family farm in Bay City, TX, where we’ve been in the grass business since 1981.  Our focus has been on quality during all those years, so if you’re looking for a grass that you’ll be proud of next week, next year and five years from now, you should get your grass sod from Houston Grass.

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