As a general rule of thumb in the world of landscaping, plant material that is native to your area is going to be your best bet. There are a variety of reasons for this, but primarily because of an increase in sustainability. This concept encompasses a few different things but primarily centers on the idea of conserving resources through low-maintenance plant material. Plants that are native to the area will be acclimated to the region, and require fewer nutrients to survive. They will also typically attract local wildlife, and better contribute to the local ecosystem. With turfgrass, this concept is no different, as local varieties found here in Texas are safe options for your property. In this blog, we are going to discuss five of those popular grass types found here in Texas.
One of the most prominent grass types in any tropical region, not just Texas, is St.Augustine which is warm-season turfgrass. It spreads through stolons laterally and is more shade tolerant than many of its warm-season peers. St. Augustine is also resistant to drought, which can be common here in Texas. It does well when mowed high, and will establish deep roots for long-term health. Because it establishes so quickly, this is a great turfgrass option for those looking to install.
Finer than other warm-season varieties, Bermuda spreads through both rhizomes and stolons. It is extremely durable and is often used on athletic fields and golf courses due to its ability to take a beating. It recuperates quickly, so if your home is full of foot traffic, this might be the perfect turf for your kids to run around on. Bermuda will need to be planted in full sun and requires some moderate fertilization.
The biggest advantage of Zoysia grass is that there are so many varieties of Zoysia that finding one best suited for your lawn will be no challenge at all. As you can tell it offers a diverse range of benefits and is tolerant of just about everything. It can take the cold, drought, and even the heat. It requires little maintenance, including fertilization, and can be planted in shade or sun. Thatch can become an issue with Zoysia, but not if you catch it early and take care of it properly.
Deriving its name from its support of Buffalos throughout the midwest, this turfgrass is found from Montana to Texas. Giving you an idea of its versatility, it also has a unique blue-green color that many find appealing. Referred to by the professionals at Texas A&M as one of “our only true native turfgrasses” it can survive the heat of the summer and the cold of the winter. Low maintenance when mowed high, Buffalograss will need some irrigation through the summer to stay green.
For more acidic soils, centipedegrass thrives. It does have a unique look with small spike-looking protrusions and a hairy ligule. It is also known for being very low maintenance, as is the theme with turfgrasses native to the region. However, centipedegrass can be sensitive to chemical treatments, but this is exactly why at Higher Ground, we stick to organic.
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