Raleigh St. Augustine grass, which is a cold-hardy St. Augustine grass cultivar, was first discovered on a lawn in Raleigh North Carolina and released to the public by North Carolina State University in 1980.  It has a medium green color with a coarse texture. The most common installation method of sodding or plugs; seeds are very difficult to obtain if not impossible.  Compared to finer textured grasses like bermudas, St. Augustine has large flat stems and broad coarse leaves.  It has an attractive blue-green color and forms a deep, fairly dense turf.  It spreads by long above-ground runners or stolons.  While it is aggressive it is easily controlled around borders 

Light Requirements: Raleigh St. Augustine has very good shade tolerance. St. Augustine can tolerate as little as 3 hours of sun per day. This Turfgrass choice offers a better shade tolerance than zoysia but sometimes comes with more susceptibility to disease.

Irrigation: Not as drought tolerant as Zoysia, to maintain a healthy appearance during the hottest months of summer, St. Augustine needs about 1.5 to 2 inches of water a week. On sandy soils it often requires more frequent watering, for example, 3/4 inch of water every third day. A light green-grey color and narrowing of leaves indicate that it is time to water. 



Hot Weather Tolerance :                      Excellent


Sun Requirement :          3 - 4 hours (Excellent)


Wear Resistance :                                        Good


Injury Recovery :                                         Good


Winter Color :                                        Dormant


Mowing Height :                                        3" - 4"

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