GRASSES AND TURF

Common Name Scientific Name Height Remarks
Bermuda grass Cynodon dactylon 12"-16" Sun; will go dormant during the winter; established by seed, sprigs, hydromulch or sod. Regular mowing, fertilization and some watering during periods of drought will keep this turf grass green.
Buffalo grass Buchloe dactyloides 4"-6" Sun; will not grow in shade; will go dormant during winter; established by seed in late spring or sod anytime. Bluish-green color and delicate white seed heads gives the lawn a soft look.
Prairie mix n/a 8"-12" Sun; will go dormant during the winter; established by seed. Mixture of Texas native bunch grasses which contain, 'Little bluestem', 'Sideoats grama', 'Buffalograss', 'Curlymesquite', can also add wildflowers.
St. Augustine grass Stenotaphrum secundatum
Plant only in shade and on deep soil (12 or more inches); use the variety ‘Floratam’, which is the most drought and pest resistant St. Augustine grass. Established as sod or plugs; mow at 3“; semi-dormant in winter.
Zoysia Zoysia sp. 2" Sun/ partial shade; will go dormant during the winter; established by sod only. A good, dense Zoysia turf is not only attractive but insect and disease resistant. Some varieties that are recommend: ‘Jamur’, ‘El Toro’, ‘Empire’, and ‘Palisades’.