Why Choose Raleigh St. Augustine Grass Sod for Your Next Houston Area Lawn Project?
Raleigh St. Augustine grass is the most popular lawn grass in the Houston area for lots of good reasons, but it’s not good for some situations. Houston Grass South Owner Michael Romine talks about the pluses and minuses of Raleigh St. Augustine grass in this video. Call us at 281-431-7441 for more information and a quote.
This is a summary of Michael’s video talking about Raleigh St. Augustine grass.
Here we are in our first of three St. Augustines that we carry. We carry the Raleigh St. Augustine, which we’re in here, we carry the Floratam and Palmetto St. Augustine, depending on what your different requirements are as far as shade and what not.
If you were to compare the Raleigh St. Augustine to the Floratam and Palmetto, the Raleigh would fall in the middle as far as leaf thickness and density as well. The Floratam would …has the, I would say the biggest leaves and it’s the least dense of all of them and Palmetto would be the smallest leaves with the highest density and certainly the thickest grass. The Raleigh St. Augustine would fall in between.
Raleigh St. Augustine is the only grass that we keep here. At Houston Grass we keep it in stock all the time. We sell it by the piece, by the pallet, it’s probably the grass that …it’s 99% of what we sell and it probably composes 95% of what our farm grows. It’s a giant farm and the vast majority of is the Raleigh St. Augustine, I suspect for good reason it’s been that way a long time. If you look around in your neighborhood, more than likely the regular …this is Raleigh St. Augustine is what’s probably in your neighbor’s yard and probably in your yard as well.
In my opinion, it’s probably the easiest to care for. That’s the most forgiving certainly if you …as far as fertilization, mowing and things like that, I would say that the Raleigh St. Augustine in general is just probably the easiest for a homeowner to, whether it’s our first time homeowner that’s just taking on their first lawn, it is just probably the easiest to take care of. It also requires probably, if you compare the three as far as sunlight, you’ve got the Bermuda grass on one of the spectrum that need a 100% sunlight, and then the St. Augustine certainly can subsist with less than that.
The Raleigh St. Augustine and the Floratam I would say five or six hours of direct sunlight and indirect sunlight throughout the day, filtered sunlight. So little holes in trees, that’s where we would consider indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight is, say the morning or evening sun with the sun is coming underneath a tree from angles. But the Raleigh St. Augustine and Floratam again are about five or six hours of direct sunlight. Palmetto can subsist on about half that day. All prefer 100% sunlight and they look their best in those conditions but St. Augustine can deal with less sunlight than say any of the Bermudas.
As far as watering requirements just like the rest of these have them look their best, we say one inch of water per week. Preferably over two watering so half inch twice a week, ideally the day after or right after you mow your yard. The next morning you follow it up with a half inch of water and then three or four days later another half inch. Usually that’s about … If it’s out of your hose that’s about two hours in each area. So to put out a half inch if it’s in your irrigation system, I found that about 15 or 20 minutes per zone on a sprinkler system twice a week is enough water for established grass to do very well.
Fertilizations, just like all the St. Augustines, about two to three fertilizations per year and the St. Augustines can do very well where as you have, comparing them to the Bermuda grasses, you’ve got …you’re fertilizing about twice that much per year. Again, two to three times a year, fall or spring fertilizer and then somewhere in between is usually ample fertilizer for the Raleigh St. Augustine.
We mow all the grass out here once a week and every seven days it’s kind of the minimum requirement for all these grasses. You never want to cut more than the good rule of thumb as you never want to cut more than a third of the leaf off at any one time. So usually every seven days is kind of max for mowings if you do any more …any less frequently than that, you really can cause a lot of stress to the grass. So if you can mow about every five days on the …with the St. Augustine, that’s ideal but every seven days is kind of the minimum requirement.
As far as the Raleigh St. Augustine, I would say we sell the most of it for a good reason. It’s fairly forgiving and easy to take care of, and looks pretty good to most folks. And I think that it’s probably a real good option for lots of people.
If you have any questions about Raleigh St. Augustine grass sod or any of the sod varieties we sell, please give us a call at 281-431-7441 for information and a quote for your project. Our family has been in the grass business since 1981 and we’ve been focused on quality since the beginning. If you’d like to purchase the high quality grass sod that will make your home look great year after year, call us a Houston Grass South.
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