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St. Augustine Grass

by Dawn West, All About Lawns Columnist

Description: St. Augustine Grass is commonly found in coastal areas from Florida to California and tends to flourish in areas of high heat, sunlight, shade, and salt. It has a medium to coarse texture and often gives a dark-green to bluish-green appearance.

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  • Moderate to excellent durability
  • Excellent shade-tolerant properties
  • Grows and spreads fast
  • High heat and salt tolerance



  • Can have excessive thatch buildup
  • Poor cool weather tolerance (Below freezing can even kill the grass)
  • Often susceptible to lawn diseases and pests
Common Growing Region
Common Growing Region

Watering: Typically requires frequent watering. For additional info on watering, see: Watering

Fertilizing: see: Fertilizing Tables

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Dawn West B.A. holds a B.A. in English from Harvard University and teaches writing at Oregon State University.

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