Top 3 Types of Grass for Texas

Texas summers are hot, dry, and long. They can really take a toll on your yard and landscape.

That’s why it is important to select the right types of grasses and hardy plants for your Texas yard. In this article, we discuss three tried-and-true Texas grasses to choose for successful lawns: Zoysia, Bermuda and St. Augustine. Read on to learn more.

3 Top Performing Grass Types

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Zoysia Grass

1. Zoysia

Zoysia is a high-performing grass in Texas. Its seeds are a bit more costly than Bermuda and St. Augustine, but it does very well in a wide variety of soils and weather conditions.

When you select high-quality Zoysia seed and take care in sowing it, you can expect a hearty and successful lawn.

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Bermuda Grass

2. Bermuda

Bermuda grass does very well throughout Texas. In fact, it does so well that it is fairly naturalized in many areas. 

Bermuda comes in several different types that are suitable to the varied weather in the state of Texas. It can do fairly well in most types of soil, but it does best in coarse, sandy soils.

If you are planting a pasture or other large area, and don’t especially seek out a manicured appearance, Mohawk Bermuda is the choice for you. This hardy grass has a rich texture and is very tolerant of extreme cold, heat, and drought.

If you seek a more manicured, golf-course-like appearance, you should choose La Paloma Bermuda grass. This fine textured, deep green grass does well under most weather conditions.

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St. Augustine Grass

3. St Augustine

St. Augustine is a good choice for a shady Texas lawn with mature trees, as it prefers full shade. This elegant grass is tolerant of most weather conditions, but prefers not to be in full sun.

St. Augustine grows on runners and creates a dense, emerald green mat that provides an excellent surface for resting and recreation in a relaxing and shady yard. It is an especially good choice for clay-based soils.

Due to its runners, stolons, and general density, it is important to dethatch St. Augustine grass about once per year. This can be done independently or by a professional, and it helps keep the topsoil healthy and aerated.

How Much Watering is Required?

St. Augustine requires the most water. Bermuda requires the least amount of water. Zoysia is in the middle.

As a general rule of thumb, you want to give your lawn about 1 inch of water per week, more or less depending on the grass type as mentioned above.

For more info about watering your lawn read this article –

Seed Or Sod?

When choosing whether to plant seeds or install sod, there are a number of consideration to take into account. Among them are budget, time, and experience.

Grass seed is not cheap, but it is generally quite a bit less expensive to purchase and sow than installing sod. You can seed your lawn in patches, or you can till the whole thing, prepare it properly, and sow your entire yard.

This process is time-consuming and involves quite a bit of back-breaking labor. Once sown, you must care for your lawn tenderly and defend it against trampling and birds. This can make sowing a new lawn extremely labor-intensive.

Laying sod is usually more successful. However, success depends upon skilled installation.

Sod installation is a deceptively difficult job, and you are probably better off leaving it to the experts. Sod is expensive, heavy, and hard to handle. Proper soil preparation and good soil contact are imperative.

To Summarize, the Top 3 Types of Grass in Texas are:

  1. St. Augustine – Very tolerant of weather but prefers less sun, more shade.  Requires the most watering.
  2. Zoysia – Good in all soil types. Looks great but needs more sun, less shade. Cuts down on mowing. Requires less water than St. Augustine.
  3. Bermuda – Easiest to maintain. Least amount of watering but not as good to look at.

Comments ( 6 )

  1. Kay
    I have a Goldendoodle and need a lawn to: one, choke out the stickers that are growing in my yard, and two, can stand up to his romping in the grass. Do you have a best variety suggestion? I would hope it could use as little water as possible.
    • Justin Case
      Bermuda requires the least amount of watering. Holds up well in foot traffic also.
  2. Scot
    Very informative post with great pictures. I've never heard of Zoysia, but wish I had that vs. Bermuda. I have to kill off St. Augustine, as it's starting to sprout in the middle of my Bermuda and looks like Crab Grass
  3. Jasmine Hewitt
    Very helpful as we live in San Antonio, and believe our new house has Bermuda grass!
  4. Alexa Smith
    Is there much of a difference visually between the two grasses? If you were to post pictures of the different types used in a yard would we be able to tell?
    • Dustin Bird
      Pictures of the grasses have been added. Can you tell the difference?

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