What’s the Best Grass Sod for Houston?

What’s the best grass sod for Houston and Southeast Texas? It depends on factors like your budget and whether you need to choose from among the more shade tolerant varieties of grass. In this video, Houston Grass Owner Michael Romine talks about which varieties might be the best grass for your lawn project. Call us at 281-431-7441 for answers to your questions and quick quotes for your project.

What’s the Best Grass Sod for the Houston Area

Summary of the Best Grass Sod for Houston Video

What’s the best Grass or Sod for the Houston area? Well, I would have to ask you a couple of questions.

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Best Grass for Houston on a Budget

First of all, your budget can certainly be a consideration. If you have a very large area and you’re on a budget to do this, then you need to lean more towards the St. Augustine grasses and Bermuda grasses. They are the lower end of the price spectrum whereas for the Zoysias, the price goes up significantly.

Raleigh St. Augustine is probably 99% of what we sell because it is the easiest to maintain, it’s just the easiest grass to take care of and aesthetically it looks the best for cost and time spent on it.

The Zoysia grasses are $80 to $100 per 450 square foot pallet more than the St.Augustines and Bermuda grasses. So if cost is not so much of a consideration, I would probably pick Palisades Zoysia as as my personal favorite.

Best Grass Sod for Houston if Sufficient Sun is Available

How can you tell how much sun you get on different areas of your lawn? The easiest thing to do is to go out on a sunny day and take a picture with your phone about every hour or two hours and then scroll through and see how much light you get in the different areas.

If I get that six or seven hours of direct sunlight on my lawn each day, then Raleigh St. Augustine and Palisades Zoysia are great candidates. Palisades Zoysia grass is very aesthetically pleasing. It feels like carpet underneath your feet. So it feels really nice, and it looks really nice.

Palisades Zoysia grass is very similar to St. Augustine grass as far as care. Anybody who has ever taken care of St. Augustine, can take care of Palisade Zoysia grass

Best Grass Sod for Houston If Shade Is an Issue

I mentioned the need for six or seven hours of direct sunlight for the Palisades Zoysias earlier. The fine-bladed Zoysias — Cavalier and Emerald — as well as Palmetto St. Augustine can survive on four or five hours of direct sunlight. So if shade is an issue, those three grasses may meet your requirements.

Again, the Palmetto St. Augustine is much less expensive that Cavalier or Emerald Zoysia. Palmetto St. Augustine looks very much like Raleigh St. Augustine, which is the most common lawn grass in the Houston area. Cavalier and Emerald Zoysia look much more like the Kentucky Bluegrass and fescues that people in cooler climates are used to.

Bermuda Grass Requires Full Sun

As a homeowner, I would shy away from the Bermuda grasses unless it is an HOA requirement. Bermuda grass certainly has its place. But if you have any structures in a yard, whether it’s a house, a fence, a tree anything that can cast shade, a Bermuda grass is going to struggle in those areas. It needs 100% sunlight.

That is a tall order around the house. There are not many lawns in the Houston area with no two-story houses beside each other or no trees around. Bermuda grass has its place in wide open areas and in sports fields. But I think it is asking for some headaches in most homeowners’ yards.

What if You Have Little or No Sun

Four or five hours of direct sunlight is an absolute minimum. If you don’t get that, you are going to have to create additional sun exposure by thinning trees, removing branches or removing trees. If you don’t get that four or five hours of direct sunlight we have no grass that will grow.

I am not aware of any grass that can withstand more shade than that. So that is certainly a consideration. Once you get to less than that four hours, in my opinion you’re looking at ground covers, not grass to cover those areas.

So What’s the Best Grass Sod for Houston? It Depends!

So in summary, I would say best grass sod for Houston lawns depends on several factors. If budget is a consideration and shade is not an issue then I’m picking from either Raleigh St. Augustine or the two Bermuda grasses. If budget is a consideration with some shade then Palmetto St. Augustine might be my choice.

With more money to spend but plenty of sunlight, then Palisades Zoysia would be my choice. With the budget and only four to five hours of direct sunlight per day then either Cavalier or Emerald Zoysia grass would be my pick.

So all things to consider, but please if you’ve got questions, give us a call at 281-431-7441 and we can walk you through the factor that you need to weigh when making that decision.

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