Types of Grass Recommended by Green Acres
St. Augustine: Raleigh
St. Augustine is also known as "carpet grass." Raleigh is more tolerant of shade than Floratam and develops dense ground coverage.
• Medium green color
• Cold tolerant
• Shade tolerant
• SAD Virus resistant
• Develops dense ground coverage (with adequate watering)
Raleigh is the most widely grown variety of St. Augustine in Texas.
Availability: Sod (will not grow from seed)
Preferred Mowing Height: 2" - 3"
With its low growing patterns and tough runners, Celebration™ requires less mowing than many other Bermuda grasses. Also known for its strength and ability to withstand wear.
• Dark, blue-green color
• Excellent drought tolerance: ranked #1 in drought tolerance
• Low growing habit with tough runners
• Requires less mowing than other Bermudas
• More tolerant of shade than many other sports turfs
• Covers ground rapidly
• Thrives in hot, humid conditions, but also relatively cold hardy
• Grows in many soil conditions
• Suitable for golf, sports field, commercial and residential applications
• Holds together for good divot recovery
Typically used: Residential, Commercial, Sport, & Golf
Preferred Mowing Height: ½" - 1½"
Bermuda Tifway 419
Tifway 419 is one of the most common installed grasses for commercial and residential projects. Tifway 419 is a deep green Bermuda grass with a fine texture. It has excellent weed and disease resistance and is a superior turf for fairways, tees, athletic fields and home lawns. When cut at ¾ to 1½ inches, 419 provides an excellent impact-absorbing cushion. Because of its very dense top growth, Tifway 419 tolerates more wear and better resists weed invasion when it is fertilized and irrigated regularly.
Availability: Sod & Sprig
Mowing Height: ½" - 1½"
Jammur or El Toro Zoysia
Zoysia grass has an extremely thick thatch. It has 3-7 times more blades per square inch than other grasses. In addition to its medium-coarse texture, it tolerates heat and withstands cold relatively well. It also handles moderate shade. Most importantly, Jammur or El Toro Zoysia is one of the most drought tolerant of the zoysias. In fact, some studies have shown them to survive up to 15 weeks without water. (They are not green when stressed and more than likely temperatures were not over 100 degrees).
• Extremely drought tolerant
• Medium coarse texture
• Can be mowed to ½ inch height
• Salt and shade tolerant
• Thrives in hot and relatively cold conditions
• High-density growth pattern
We are sorry to say that drought tolerance has been mis-advertised. It really means how long the grass or plant will remain alive without water — not how awesome it is going to look without water.