What’s the best turf grass for shade in the Houston area? If you have at least four to five hours of direct sunlight each day, we have three grass varieties that will work well for you. Houston Grass Owner Michael Romine explains and talks about the three varieties in this video. Call us at 281-431-7441 for answers to your questions and quick quotes for your project.
Summary of the Best Turf Grass for Shade Video
What is the best turf grass for shade in Houston? We have seven different varieties of grass, and I would say that three of them are well suited for the shade. When I say shade, I mean that the area still gets four to five hours of direct sunlight each day. Several of these other varieties, the regular Raleigh St. Augustine, and a couple of the other grasses need six to seven hours of direct sunlight per day.
The Palmetto St. Augustine, and the Emerald and Cavalier Zoysias can survive on about four to five hours of direct sunlight per day. As long as they get that, those grasses can do well in the shade. That direct sunlight can happen in the morning and late afternoon when the sun is relatively low in the sky.
All grasses appreciate the sun. Some people will ask us, what if I plant the same grass out in a sunnier area. It’s going to do better. The grass is going to be thicker, healthier, plusher.
Planting grass in shadier environments does introduce some issues like fungus. Areas that don’t get a lot of sunlight are going to have some of those issues. If you ask us about combatting those fungus issues, we can walk you through them.
We sell chemicals to combat fungus for grass that’s growing in the shade. The main problem is that in the shadier areas, the area never gets to completely dry out. Fungus thrives in that environment.
So, what’s the best grass for shade in Houston? If you’re asking for ease of care, I’m going to always point you to the Palmetto St. Augustine. It’s certainly easier to care for than the fine-bladed Zoysias, which are the other shade-tolerant grasses.
Palmetto St. Augustine is going to require less maintenance, less inputs. You’re going to scratch your head a whole lot less with Palmetto St. Augustine compared with Cavalier Zoysia and Emerald Zoysia in my opinion.
So if you have a shadier area, and you’re asking for the best type of grass to put in there, as long as you get that four to five hours of direct sunlight, I’m going to say Palmetto St. Augustine.
Call Houston Grass at 281-431-7441 for answers to your questions and a quote for your project. You can pick up your grass at our office in Arcola, or we can arrange for delivery and professional installation.