Types of St Augustine Grass

There are several types of St. Augustine grass that you might consider for your lawn. The grower you obtain your sod, plugs or sprigs from will help you determine the right type for your region and soil conditions.

Here’s an overview of the types of St Augustine grass so that you can be familiar with them as you discuss your lawn project with a turf provider.

St Augustine Grass Varieties
Bitter Blue: This variety is less coarse than most types and has a deep, verdant color. It grows well in a variety of warm-weather locations.

Common: This is the “original” St Augustine grass. There are several common varieties and they are very popular in Texas. Common St Augustine grass is hardy and durable.

Delmar: This more recent type shows outstanding tolerance to cold. Delmar handles shade very well, but still likes at least some sun.

Floralawn: This is another hardy variety of St Augustine grass that does well in cooler climates. It is drought-resistant too, and has more resistance to cinch bug infestation than most types.

Floratam: This grass does not do well in the cold and is suitable to south Florida and almost nowhere else. Floratam doesn’t do well with cinch bugs either.

Floratine: This is another Florida variety that was developed for resistance to cinch bugs. It has a coarser texture than some homeowners prefer but holds up well in public places.

Jade: This variety was developed for its dwarf qualities and for its resistance to SAD, or St Augustine Decline disease that occurs in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Palmetto: Common only to south Florida, this is a recent variety that is hardy with blades that are less coarse than most.

Raleigh: This finer-textured variety was developed in North Carolina to be resistant to cooler weather. Raleigh does well in shadier locations and is resistant to SAD.

Seville: This dwarf type of St Augustine grass has shorter stems and a finer texture. It is resistant to SAD and cinch bugs but does not do well in cold temperatures.

Which type is right for you? This list should give you some idea of which varieties will do well in your area. The grower you select will have questions about your climate and soil conditions too, and will be able to advise you on the best type for your yard.

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