St. Augustine grass has large flat stems and broad coarse leaves that are similar to centipede grass. With an attractive blue-green color, it spreads by stolons, commonly known as “runners” and forms a deep, dense turf. Its lush and dense turf makes it popular for pastures, ranches, and home lawns.
St. Augustine is a popular lawn grass, rivalling Bermuda grass, though St. Augustine is somewhat less drought-tolerant. St. Augustine grass is medium to dark green and coarse textured, and it has a low, dense growth habit. It grows well in nearly all soil types and tolerates shade. It does not tolerate waterlogged soils or extended periods of cold weather.
St. Augustine Grass Lawn Care
Set the mowing height at 2 1/2 to 3 inches (3 to 3 1/2 inches in shady lawns). The lower the mowing height, the more frequently you will need to mow. Frequent mowing at a lower height produces higher quality turf grass.
To keep your lawn healthy, water it only when the grass needs it. When you do water, wet the soil to a depth of 6 inches. Then don’t water again until the grass shows symptoms of drought stress, a dull, bluish color, rolled or folded leaves, and persistent footprints. This usually occurs in 5 to 10 days, depending on the weather.
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