Different types of Lawn Grass Turf for Plano, Allen, Lucas, Mckinney Texas

Types of Lawn Grass Turf for North Texas

  • Bermuda
  • St. Augustine
  • Zoysia
  • Buffalo Grass
  • Fescue
  • Seasonal Rye Grass
  • Perennial Rye Grass 

Best Grass for heavy shade

  • Fescue many varieties, but some are better than others for heat tolerance, must be over seeded in fall to keep density of turf. Do not seed in late spring will not have good results.
  • Perennial Rye usually just used for over seeding, in some cases can last year round based on environment, mowing heights, and well balance annual watering program, can not allow it to stress from lack of water or will lose stand. Heat is the biggest enemy of Perennial Rye and will thin out but if watered will hang around year round, must be over seeded in fall to keep density of turf. Do not seed in spring will not have enough time establish a well-balanced root system and before early summer. Only seed after September 15th. 

Grass that will not do well in heavy Shade

  • Bermuda
  • Buffalo Grass
  • Zoysia
  • St. Augustine 

Keep in mind when planting a lawn grass turf in an environment that isn’t fully ideal for the type of grass the increase risk of disease; insect and turf thinness becomes more of a potential problem.

Grass that will do well in Semi-Shade at least 5 to 6 hours of full sun

  • Zoysia
  • St. Augustine 

Zoysia Japonica can be started from seed, it is the only Zoysia variety that can be started from lawn seed.

St. Augustine cannot be started from seed.

Some Basic Key points on different types of lawn turf grass for North Texas that will increase quality of your lawn if followed


  • 32 mowing per year normal conditions
  • Quality of Turf improves a lot with a balanced fertilizer and weed control program
  • Feed turf normally from April to October on normal years
  • Apply the correct type of pre-emergent to your lawn at certain key points
  • Do not fertilize grass prior to 60 degrees night soil temp in North Texas
  • Much easier to treat grassy weeds out of than St. Augustine
  • Very durable, heat tolerant, high traffic tolerant
  • Requires 6 to 8 hours of full sun to reach full density and potential
  • Do not plant in shade 

St. Augustine

  • 32 mowing per year normal conditions
  • Loves full sun, can tolerant some shade
  • Major drought without water can cause lose of complete lawn with out watering
  • Major cold weather can cause lose of turf or entire lawn
  • Water lawn during dry winters is highly recommended
  • Watering twice weekly is ideal
  • Over water lawn can lead to disease and increase insect problem
  • If grown under trees, trees must be trimmed every two years correctly or professionally
  • Maintain turf at minimum height 3.0” from November to end of April
  • Lower mower to 2.5” in shade last week of April  In the Sun 2”
  • Establish turf lawn up to 4.0” in sun by 1st of July in Sun, Semi-Shade to Shade 3.5”
  • Consistent fertilizer to establish good lawn is needed
  • Texas Turf Landscape uses a special blend for St. Augustine different from Bermuda grass, don’t over fertilize with too much nitrogen
  • Well balance slow release fertilizer with iron & micro nutrients recommended
  • More sustible to grubs and brown patch more than Bermuda grass
  • Don’t over seed with rye grass in heavy shade

Can seed fescue into St. Augustine if St. Augustine is thinning in heavy shade but must be applied correctly to blend well and not choke out St. Augustine,  make sure to keep the trees trimmed correctly to increase sunlight in shade areas

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