What Are the Best Houston Grass Sod Varieties?
Call 281-431-7441 for more information. In this video, Houston Grass South Owner Michael Romine talks about some of the best grass sod varieties for projects in the Houston area. Michael knows what he’s talking about because he was raised in the grass business — on his family farm near Bay City, TX.
The Romine family has been in the grass business for more than 30 years and they know what grass varieties work in the Houston area. Those are the grass sod varieties sold through Houston Grass South!
Here’s a summary of the Grass Sod Varieties video:
We currently carry six different grass sod varieties. The main grass that we sell, and our farm, is mainly comprised of St. Augustine grass.
We carry three different types or varieties of St. Augustine grass sod. There is the Raleigh St Augustine grass, which is the standard, which is what we primarily sell to the homeowners in the greater Houston area. There is also the Palmetto St. Augustine grass, which you would use if you had a shadier area.
Say you had an area that it received at least four hours of direct sunlight and filtered sunlight throughout the day, but not much more than that, a Palmetto would be a good choice for lighting conditions like that. Whereas, the Raleigh St Augustine grass may require more like six hours of that direct sunlight, and sometimes that is hard to come by underneath some of these older oak trees in front of these more established homes.
We also carry Floratam St. Augustine grass, which has some shade tolerance, and it has some disease as well as pest tolerance. It has the best disease and pest tolerance of the three St. Augustine grass sod varieites. We will not sell it north of Interstate 10, because it is lacking as far as cold tolerance. We sell most of our Floratam St. Augustine grass down in the Corpus Christi area, because its lack of cold tolerance that can be a problem here occasionally in the Houston area.
We also carry two different types of Bermuda grass; we carry TexTurf 10 and Tifway 419. The Tifway 419 is the finer-bladed grass. It is generally what you will find out on the golf courses, in the fairways, and mowed real short on the tee boxes as well. The greens are usually hybrid types of Bermuda grass — we do not carry any of those. The Tifway is what you would find in those sort of circumstances.
The TexTurf is another one we sell a lot to homeowners. I would say, for the homeowners, that Tifway 419 grass is probably what we sell a little bit more of, because it is a little bit more aesthetically pleasing of the two. The TexTurf 10 has a little bit coarser blades, it still does not have seed heads, like the common Bermuda grass does, but it is a little coarser than the two.
Neither one of those Bermuda Grasses has any shade tolerance at all. So, if you have any shade at all, that you’re thinking about putting this close to a two–story house, or close to a fence, or under any kind of tree that may be of any size at all eventually, I would definitely steer-clear of the Bermuda Grass varieties.
We also carry Palisades Zoysia grass sod. Palisades Zoysia has a fair amount of shade tolerance.
I would probably say that it has similar tolerance to the Palmetto St. Augustine. Zoysia grass is real thick and lush. People that do not like the coarse feel of St. Augustine grass, tend to really like the look and feel of the Zoysias. They feel more like carpet and they give more, more squishy I guess, under your feet. You almost leave footprints in it as you walk across it in your yard. The disadvantage to the Zoysias, other than a slight thatching problem because they are so thick, is just merely price. They are very expensive compared to the other varieties of grass that we carry.
If you have questions about grass sod varieties for Houston area projects, please call our office at 281-431-7441 for more information. Houston Grass South is an A+ rated member of the Houston Better Business Bureau.