What’s the Best Grass Sod for Houston and Southeast Texas?
Call 281-431-7441. Houston Grass South Owner Michael Romine answers that question for most Houston residential applications and then he talks about the sunlight requirements for common Houston grass varieties like St. Augustine, Bermuda grass and Zoysia grass. Houston Grass South sells three varieties of St. Augustine grass sod, two varieties of Bermuda grass sod and Palisades Zoysia grass sod, and Michael’s family has been in the grass sod business since 1981. Our family sod farm, which provides the grass sod for Houston Grass South, is located in Bay City, TX.
Here’s Michael Romine’s discussion about the Best Grass Sod for Houston.
This is a summary of Michael’s talk.
What kind of grass sod is best in Houston Texas? I can tell you that the 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. So most people prefer the St. Augustine.
Zoysias may look a little bit better. They are in most cases twice as expensive, so they’re usually very cost prohibitive for many of our customers and they don’t work in every scenario. Nor does St. Augustine but they all have their place. Most of what we sell, and for good reason, is the Raleigh St. Augustine.
One of the issues with the St. Augustine as well as the Bermuda grasses is that they don’t tolerate shade well. Raleigh St. Augustine does not tolerate shade very well. Floratam and Palmetto St. Augustine do a little bit better in the shade. They do however require at least four hours of direct sunlight every day and then filtered sunlight throughout the rest of the day.
Direct sunlight means, if were talking about laying grass sod underneath the tree area, that means you have to raise the tree up as much as possible and get the morning and evening sun underneath there for four hours. That’s usually fairly hard to do for a 20 plus-year-old tree. And then you also have to thin the tree out to get the filtered sunlight, meaning blobs of sunlight all around the tree that move around through the day. With these old oak trees, that’s very hard to do, four hours of direct sunlight is hard to come by. And those are the more shade tolerant varieties, as is the Zoysia, I would probably qualify it in the four hours direct sunlight per day area as well.
The Bermuda grasses, the Tifway 419 and the Texturf 10 absolutely do not tolerate any shade at all. That’s the reason they’re used in sports fields and wide-open areas because they need every hour of sunlight that they can get. If you even try to plant them up next to a two-story house or in between some fences and whatnot where they can’t get that kind of sunlight they will thin out and turned to dirt over time.
So what’s the best grass sod for Houston. For most of our customers the best sod selection would be a St. Augustine grass — either the Raleigh St. Augustine for a full sunlight area or the Floratam St. Augustine sod or the Palmetto St. Augustine sod for areas that don’t receive direct sunlight throughout the day. The best grass sod for athletic fields is probably Bermuda grass — either the Texturf 10 or Tifway 419. The most beautiful grass in full-sunlight areas might be the Zoysia, but it’s much more expensive than St. Augustine and it requires more frequent mowing. If you have questions about the best grass sod for your project in Houston and in surrounding cities like Sugar Land, Pearland, and Missouri City, please call us at 281-431-7441.