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Getting to Know the Best North Texas Grass Types

Jack Moore
Oct 10, 2019 10:26:22 AM

Have you ever given any thought to what type of grass you have? Most people haven’t but the fact is, the type of grass that you have in your lawn at your home in Flower Mound, Highland Village, or Lewisville, TX will determine which challenges you may face in getting the best lawn on the block.

Getting to know the best North Texas grass types can help you when it comes to making wise choices about your lawn.

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North Texas Grass Types

There are three primary North Texas grass types that we tend to see most often. It’s important to note that even within each turf species there are many varieties. But in order for simplicity’s sake, let’s look at the three major categories.

Bermuda Grass

By far, the most common grass type in this region is Bermuda grass, which is a hardy grass for the North Texas area, particularly in terms of drought-tolerance. 

Bermuda Grass

Bermuda grass will go dormant as soon as temperatures begin to drop but will quickly come out of dormancy as they rise. 

One major problem with Bermuda grass is that it does not tolerate shade well. If you have a property with a lot of trees, then Bermuda may be challenging for your property.

St. Augustine Grass

Although St. Augustine grass is not a native turf type to North Texas, it performs fairly well here and remains the second most popular type of North Texas grass. 

St. Augustine Grass

Unfortunately, it is not quite as hardy as Bermuda. It is not as drought tolerant and will require more watering. It is also more susceptible to disease and pest problems and may struggle more over winter than Bermuda grass would. However, it will grow in the shade. And when it is well-maintained, it looks and feels a lot like a carpet (and has even been referred to as “carpet grass” by homeowners).

Zoysia Grass

Zoysia grass is another grass that can handle the shade. It’s also relatively pest and disease tolerant. However, it is not very drought tolerant and does require quite a bit of upkeep. 

Zoysia Grass

In fact, Zoysia is the only turf type that requires dethatching every single spring season. It can be finicky but is gorgeous when it is well-cared for and is therefore often found on high-end properties. In our opinion, it is the prettiest of the three North Texas grass types when it is well-maintained.

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What if My Grass is Struggling?

There are often a number of different reasons why grasses of all types may be struggling. Sometimes, it’s that you don’t have the right grass for the present environmental conditions. 

For instance, your contractor might have installed Bermuda grass and a couple of small sapling trees when you first moved into your home. Now, it is 10 years later and those trees have grown large and created a lot of shade—and suddenly your Bermuda grass isn’t thriving.

For a situation like this, we can perform lawn renovation services. We might come in and plant St. Augustine in the shaded areas around the trees. It’s not uncommon for many of our lawns to have two different North Texas grass types for situations just like this, one grass type in the front and another in the back lawn.

Sometimes, lawns simply start to go downhill due to years of poor care. It might have been good grass when it was put down but now a decade or two later it’s suffered from years of improper mowing or poor cultural habits, struggles with disease or pests, or other hardships. In cases like this, replacement is the best option.

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Many people assume that sod installation is a seasonal service but we can install sod year-round. Sod replacement involves removing all of the old grass and soil, installing a few inches of professional bedding soil,  laying out new sod, watering it, fertilizing it, and ultimately caring for it going forward. You can go from having a weak and struggling lawn to one that is lush and new in a short time. 

A Lawn You Can Be Proud Of

Ultimately what you really want is a lawn that you can be proud of. There’s no question that grass type has a lot to do with this. You definitely want to choose a grass type that is well-suited to your specific property (and its conditions). But oftentimes, you weren’t the one to make that choice—or your property’s conditions might have changed. 

Lawn care technicians in lawn in North Texas

Bringing in the right lawn care service in Flower Mound, Highland Village, or Lewisville, TX can help you make the best decisions for your lawn going forward. Whether it’s beginning a lawn care program that will restore the health of your lawn or replacing it with sod so that you can start from scratch with a beautiful and thriving lawn, a knowledgeable professional can help you to accomplish your lawn care goals.

Ready for a gorgeous lawn at your Flower Mound, Highland Village, or Lewisville, TX home? Get a free quote and then enjoy the best lawn on the block without the worries!

Image sources: bermudagrass, st. augustine grass, zoysia grass

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