Varieties of St. Augustine Grass | Uses & Benefits

About St. Augustine Grass

St. Augustine GrassSt. Augustine sod grass is courser than most fine textured Bermuda grasses. It provides a denser ground cover and is an aggressive growing grass that is also easily controlled around it borders.

Because St. Augustine seldom produces viable seeds, it is most often planted via plugs, sprigs, or sod; sod being the most desirable.

It requires lots of moisture, is best suited for humid areas like Florida, Texas, and other southern states with sub-tropical to tropical weather, and is known to be relatively shade tolerant in most varieties. If you live in Southern California, a better solution is our Aloha Seashore Paspalum Sod.

Varieties of St. Augustine Grass

Floratam – This variety of St. Augustine grass is the only one that isn’t shade tolerant. It is most popular in Florida among homeowners since it thrives best in the direct sunlight many Florida neighborhoods provide.

Bitter-Blue – This grass is very good for shady properties. It is one of the more cold-tolerant varieties of this species of grass and it grows more slowly, which means you don’t have to mow as often.

Seville – Homeowners like the uniqueness of the blue-green hues and long leaf blades of the Seville variety of St. Augustine SOD. It retains its color quite well and has good tolerance levels for shade, salt, and is one of the species that tolerates drought conditions well.

Floralawn – Floralawn is suited to mild environments where it can thrive. It has a low tolerance to cold and shade.

Delmar – Delmar lawns are known for producing heavy thatch. It features good shade tolerance, but it also thrives well in direct sun. Delmar sod is considered a dwarf St. Augustine grass variety.

Sapphire – Sapphire is the only St. Augustine variety that offer high performance in a finer blade. It has a unique deep, blue-green color and a soft texture. It’s suitable for warmer climates, tolerates shade, drought, salt, and is ideal for coastal regions.

Delta Shade – Delta shade offers good shade tolerance, but is still not as good as St. Augustine’s dwarf varieties.

Raleigh – Unlike most of the varieties of grass, Raleigh tends to be less happy in the summer heat. It is relatively cold hardy and grows well in clay type soil.

Palmetto – Island and coastal homeowners like Palmetto turfgrass. It has become a standard in such areas since it can tolerate the cold better than other varieties and does well in either partial shade or full sun. Another benefit of Palmetto is that it resists those pesky cinch bugs.

Now you know the basics of St. Augustine SOD varieties. You can take this information and use it when you consult with the Sod Experts at Quality Turf for the best solution depending on the climate and weather.  If you live in Southern California and want St. Augustine Sod we recommend you consider our Aloha Seashore Paspalum Sod.

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