Shade Tolerant Grass Varieties for the Houston Metro Area
Call 281-431-7441 for more information. In this video, Houston Grass South owner Michael Romine talks about the best grass varieties for Houston area projects. Michael’s family has been in the grass business since 1981, and our grass sod comes from the family farm in Bay City Texas.
This is a summary of Michael Romine’s video on Shade Tolerant Grass Varieties.
One thing that needs to be considered when you’re selecting a variety of grass, one of the top things that you should consider is how much shade is in an area that you’ve got. If you’re moving into a new house you may or may not know but if you’re calling us and ordering grass and you just say “Hey, I’ve got a bare spot I need one pallet to cover it up” We try hard to remember to ask you “Why are you replacing the grass there?” But if we’re busy, or whatever else, sometimes we may not. You need to let us know that “Hey, this is going in beneath a big oak tree” or “Going in between two two-story houses” or some other shady conditions that could be of concern.
All these different grasses that we carry have different sunlight requirements. The Bermuda grasses require 100% sunlight. They don’t tolerate any shade at all. They’re a bad idea to plant underneath, if you’re planting a sapling of some sort, you should suspect obviously that that tree is going to grow and, especially if it’s an oak tree of some sort. It won’t take many years at all before you would see Bermuda grass thinning out and dying and there is no solution for that.
The Raleigh St. Augustine is certainly better than Bermuda grass as far as its shade tolerance. But the Zoysia, most of the Zoysia’s and the Palmetto St. Augustine are they tolerate the shade fairly well. We say that they require four hours of direct sunlight, at least filtered sunlight, throughout the day. That’s still a fair amount of sunlight.
So the answer to the age-old question,”What can I plant under this 80-year-old oak tree out in my yard?” is “We don’t have anything.” There is not a grass out there, I don’t believe, that you can even thin out an old oak tree enough to get enough to get enough sunlight in there to where grass can thrive. If you use Palmetto St. Augustine grass, it might kind of limp along.
There are several tricks you can use, keeping the mowing height above four inches and watching real carefully your water in your fertilizing, and whatnot, that can help with that situation. But there is no miracle grass that is going to survive in a cave. You’ve got to be very mindful of that. Like I said, it is important to note the shade requirements, sun requirements for the grass, and how much shade you have in the area of the yard.
Like I said, if you’re just trying to replace grass in a bare area in your yard, underneath a tree, we always recommend, if you mention it to us, that you raise that tree first. Before you order the grass, you raise that tree as much as you can. You thin it out as much as possible. You get as much sunlight underneath there as possible. Because if you just go back with some Bermuda grass or Raleigh St. Augustine to cover up that area you’ll be calling us back within a couple of months and it’s going to have died the exact same way. So be sure and address that when you’re selecting grass varieties as well.
If you have questions about the right grass varieties for your project, please give us a call at 281-431-7441 or send us an email through our contact form. We want to make sure you choose the right variety of grass for your project — shade tolerant or full sun.