Best Grass Variety for Your Houston Area Lawn

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What’s the best grass variety for your Houston area lawn project? It depends on your requirements. Call 281-431-7441 to have your questions answered about the best grass varieties for your situation.  Houston Grass sells quality grass sod grown on our family farm in Bay City TX.  The grass varieties we sell have been proven successful in our unique Gulf Coast climate over decades. Our family stands behind every piece and pallet of sod we sell and we’ve been doing that since 1981!

What’s the best Grass Variety for Houston Lawns?

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What’s the best grass variety for Houston, Texas? If a friend asked me about the best grass variety for their house in this part of the world, I would likely inquire about a few specifics, such as how committed they are to maintaining their lawn. However, I would generally recommend Raleigh St. Augustine. This type of grass has been around for a long time and is familiar to most people, likely what they had in their yard growing up and have seen others care for. Its maintenance is relatively straightforward. Its watering requirements aren’t the most drought-tolerant, but it meets many other needs in terms of ease of maintenance, fertilization requirements, and traffic tolerance.

My second recommendation would be Palisades Zoysia, assuming the lawn receives at least seven hours of direct sunlight. The reason I mention Palisades is because its care requirements are similar to Raleigh St. Augustine’s in terms of mowing and watering frequency. It is also aesthetically pleasing, providing that carpet-like feel many people desire while offering easy maintenance.

I chose these two over some Bermuda grasses and other Zoysias because, in my opinion, those varieties often come with drawbacks such as additional care needs, higher fertilization requirements, or simply being harder to maintain their appearance. This is particularly true in the case of Bermuda grass.

If Shade Tolerance Is an Issue

If the lawn has some shaded areas, I would suggest considering Palmetto St. Augustine. It shares many characteristics with the regular Raleigh St. Augustine but can tolerate more shade, requiring only about four or five hours of direct sunlight instead of six or seven. Other than that, there’s not much difference in appearance. So, those would be my top picks depending on your specific circumstances.

Shade tolerance and watering requirements are the two most controversial topics as they pertain to turf grass. That said, we do believe that Palmetto St. Augustine grass or one of the fine-bladed Zoysia varieties are the best grasses to use if shade is an issue.  You should make sure that the area does get at least four hours of direct sunlight and filtered sunlight throughout the day or your grass will not last more than a couple of seasons. Between the Zoysia grasses, the fine-bladed varieties — Emerald and Cavalier — are the most shade tolerant.

As far as watering requirements, our opinion is that if you want the grasses to look their best, not just survive, every species of turf grass is going to require approximately the same amount of water.  We recommend at least an inch of water every week (from irrigation or the sky) during the growing season and an inch of water every other week during other times of the year.

Picking Up Grass at Our Office in Arcola

We keep Raleigh St. Augustine grass in stock on our lot.  It is available for purchase by the piece, the half pallet or by the pallet. A piece of sod is 16 inches by 24 inches and a pallet is 50 square yards or 450 square feet.

We normally have pieces of Raleigh St. Augustine grass available at our office, but we do run out so it’s always a good idea to call ahead before you visit to pick up grass.  All half-pallet and pallet orders of Raleigh St. Augustine should be ordered in advance to ensure that we have the quantity you need. 

All other varieties must be ordered in advance by the pallet only and must be paid for in advance.  Call 281-431-7441 for more information.

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If you have questions about the best grass variety for your project, please call our office at 281-431-7441 for help in making your selection.

We carry two varieties of St. Augustine grass sod –  Raleigh St. Augustine grass and Palmetto St. Augustine grass.  We also carry two varieties of Bermuda grass sod – Tifway 419 Bermuda grass and Texturf 10 Bermuda grass.  Finally, we carry three varieties of Zoysia grass sod — Palisades Zoysia grass, Cavalier Zoysia grass and Emerald Zoysia grass.

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Let Us Help You Select Your Grass Variety

Call 281-431-7441 and tell us about your requirements. We can help you select the right grass for your project and give you a quote too. Or click the button to send us an email. During our busy season, we can reply much more quickly if you call us.