Stenotaphrum secundatum/St. Augustinegrass

Stenotaphrum secundatum / Stenotaphrum secundatum
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A typical southern lawn of St. Augustinegrass

Runners of this grass

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Scientific Name: Stenotaphrum secundatum
Common Name: St. Augustinegrass
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: Under 1 foot
Spread: 1-2 feet
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: High
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: This is the most popular lawn turf in the Lower South. Its fast growth, dense coverage, adaptation to a wide range of soil types, and its sun and shade tolerance are all features that make it a highly desirable lawn turf. It responds favorably to fertilizer applications a couple of times during the active growing season. This grass has several serious pests that include brown patch, dollar spot, St. Augustine decline virus, gray leaf spot, and chinch bugs. It needs the equivalent of about one inch of water per week to grow well. Mowing is normally required weekly during the active growing season.