The Best Houston Grass Varieties to Choose From!
Call us at 281-431-7441. Houston Grass South has seven high quality grass varieties for you to choose from. Our grass sod comes from our family farm in Bay City, Texas, where our family has been growing grass since 1981. Here’s Houston Grass South Owner Michael Romine describing each of our grass sod varieties.
This is a summary of Michael’s video.
We currently carry seven different grass varieties. The main grass that we sell is St. Augustine turf grass. Most of the acreage on our farm is dedicated to growing St. Augustine grass.
St. Augustine Grass Varieties
We carry three different varieties of St. Augustine sod. There is the Raleigh St Augustine, which is the standard, which is what we primarily sell to the homeowners in the greater Houston area. There is also the Palmetto St. Augustine, which you would use if you had a shadier area.
Say you had an area that it received at least four hours of direct sunlight and filtered sunlight throughout the day, but not much more than that, a Palmetto St. Augustine grass would be a good choice for lighting conditions that way. Whereas, the Raleigh St Augustine grass may require more like six hours of that direct sunlight, and sometimes that is hard to come by underneath some of these older oak trees in front of these more established homes.
We also carry Floratam St. Augustine sod, which has some shade tolerance, and it has some disease as well as pest tolerance. It has the best disease and pest tolerance of the three. However, we will not sell Floratam St. Augustine grass sod north of Interstate 10, because it is lacking as far as cold tolerance. We sell most of that down in the Corpus Christi area, because of its lack of cold tolerance that can be a problem here occasionally in the Houston area.
We also carry two different types of Bermudagrass; we carry TexTurf 10 and Tifway 419. The Tifway 419 Bermudagrass is the finer-bladed grass. It is generally what you will find out on the golf courses, in the fairways, and mowed real short on the tee boxes as well. The greens are usually hybrid types of Bermudagrass — we do not carry any of those. The Tifway is what you would find in those sort of circumstances.
The TexTurf 10 is another one we sell a lot to homeowners. I would say, for the homeowners, that Tifway 419 is probably what we sell a little bit more of, because it is a little bit more aesthetically pleasing of the two. The TexTurf 10 has a little bit coarser blades, it still does not have seed heads, like the common Bermudagrass does, but it is a little coarser than the two.
Neither one of those Bermudagrasses has any shade tolerance at all. So, if you have any shade at all, that you’re thinking about putting this close to a two–story house, or close to a fence, or under any kind of tree that may be of any size at all eventually, I would definitely steer-clear of the Bermudagrasses.
Zoysia Grass Varieties
We also carry two varieties of Zoysia sod. We carry the Palisades Zoysia as well as the Emerald Zoysia. One is the finer bladed, that is the Emerald Zoysia, and the Palisades Zoysia is the more coarse-bladed, still smaller than a blade of St. Augustine, but the Emerald is the more fine bladed of those two. Both Zoysias have a fair amount of shade tolerance.
I would probably say that they have similar tolerance to the Palmetto St. Augustine. They are real thick and lush. People that do not like the coarse feel of St. Augustine, tend to really like the look and feel of the Zoysias. They feel more like carpet and they give more, more squishy I guess, under your feet. You almost leave footprints in it as you walk across it in your yard.
The disadvantage to the Zoysias, other than a slight thatching problem because they are so thick, is just merely price. They are very expensive compared to the other varieties of grass that we carry.
We’re very proud of our grass sod products and services at Houston Grass South. Please come by our office and take off your shoes and “barefoot test” our grass. We’re located just off Highway 6 in Arcola, TX, which is just a few miles east of Sienna Plantation in Missouri City. Call us at 281-431-7441 or use our quote form to contact us today!