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Our St. Augustine is selected for better color and finer texture than other St. Augustine grasses. It demonstrates superior shade, cold, frost, heat and drought tolerance. The dark-green color and medium-fine blade delivers exceptional uniformity under a wide range of light conditions. It has a coarse texture with a soft blade. St. Augustine will go dormant in the cooler winter months (although will keep its color longer than other St. Augustines and much longer than bermuda), and should not be overseeded. St. Augustine grass is less prone to becoming thatchy, even in full sunlight. It is desirable for commercial and residential applications.
St. Augustine grass is rapidly becoming accepted as a landscaping standard as it has been used in thousands of lawns since 1994. Please note that like all turfgrass, St. Augustine grass is a living plant, not a miracle grass. When properly maintained, however, St. Augustine grass will deliver years of an aesthetically pleasing and functional lawn.
St. Augustine grass has demonstrated very good drought tolerance in field tests. Some turfgrass producers have been growing St. Augustine grass in non-irrigated production fields since 1993, enduring droughts in excess of 2 months. St. Augustine grass will wilt as any other St. Augustine grass, but will recover if water is applied. St. Augustine grass has endured drought conditions as well as or better than any other variety of St. Augustine grass.
Turfgrass producers have noted that our variety of St. Augustine grass endured the East Texas drought of 1996 in non-irrigated production fields with few problems. This does not mean that supplemental watering will not be needed for lawns during periods of drought. More research into this characteristic is currently underway.
St. Augustine Cheat Sheet
· Always maintain trees to allow for 3-4 hours of sunlight during the summer months.
· Maintain grass between 2-3”. Do not cut more than 1/3rd of the leaf blade at any time. Typical mowing schedule is every 7-10 days in the summer and every other week during spring and fall.
· Fertilize monthly with slow release fertilizer such as 21-7-14, 15-15, or Soil Burst 4-4-2
· Herbicide applications are not recommended as damage can easily occur. You can apply pre-emergent in the fall for winter weeds but best to mechanically remove weeds.
· Do not water more than 1” per week. Water 15-20 minutes 2-3x a week early in the morning. Grass is susceptible to disease when the root system is saturated. If disease appears apply a granular fungicide to treat.
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