Why Would You Choose Palmetto St. Augustine Grass Sod for Your Houston Area Lawn?
Call 281-431-7441 for more information about Palmetto St. Augustine grass sod and why you might want to consider using it for your lawn project. In this video, Houston Grass South Owner Michael Romine talks about the advantages and disadvantages of Palmetto St. Augustine compared to other St. Augustine grasses.
Here’s a transcript of Michael’s video on Palmetto St. Augustine grass.
Here we are in Palmetto St. Augustine. We ran out of room for sample grass plots, so the Palmetto St. Augustine is what we have planted all the way around that office.
The Palmetto St. Augustine, when you compare it to the Raleigh and the Floratam, it’s certainly the finest bladed and most dense grass of all of them. It’s really a nice looking grass.
When we talk about the Palmetto St. Augustine is that it’s got a fairly good shade tolerance compared to the all grasses. It can subsist on about three or four 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 then you’ve got some good holes poked in that tree and 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 if you do that, a lot of people they’re just looking for maybe a last ditch effort to get grass to grow up underneath some trees and what not. Palmetto is something that should probably be considered.
As far as watering requirements, 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 whether it’s out of a hose, a couple of hours at a time, twice a week or if it’s … you got an irrigation system 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 that we take care of them all of the same.
To have the nicest most lush lawn, one inch of water per week is ideal. You can over water, under watering is normally the biggest problem. That’s when you run in the problem with chinch bugs and things like that. One thing to note about the Palmetto St. Augustine is that the gray leaf spot fungus can be an issue when you plant it.
When you first plant it in the shade, you can over water Palmetto and cause gray leaf spot because it’s a fungus that likes … it thrives on excessive nitrogen and excessive moisture, and if you put it in the shade and it never gets to dry out, gray leaf spot can occur. The need to lay sod grass in a shaded area is normally the reason people are buying Palmetto St. Augustine, then in the heat of the summer it makes it easy for the fungus to get established. You just need to be aware of that. It can be an issue. Most of the year you’re watching for hot spots and stuff like that. You water the one inch per week, it ought to do fine.
The Palmetto 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 … It is a little bit … As far as price wise it is a little bit more expensive than the others but it can, I think it can be a real good solution for a lot of homeowners.
Palmetto St. Augustine grass sod can be a great choice for many situations, but some of the other grass varieties we carry might be a better choice for your situation. Whatever variety you choose, you can be assured that you’re getting very high quality grass at a very competitive price. Our family has been in the grass business since 1981 and our focus has always been on growing the very best grass sod in Southeast Texas.
Our office is located in Arcola, TX, at the intersection of Highway 6 and McKeever Road, just a few miles east of Sienna Plantation. You can pick up your grass at our office or we can deliver to your project area. We can also arrange for installation. Call us at 281-431-7441 or use the contact form to send us an email.