St. Augustine grass is a deep rooted, very course and thick type of grass that spreads by surface runners. It is typically found in hot weather or coastal regions, including in the Southeast around the Gulf Coast area and Texas and southern California. It is probably the most shade tolerant of all of the warm season types of grasses. It also does well in direct sun. St Augustine is a thirsty grass that requires regular watering in the heat. It is so thick that it is prone to thatch.
St Augustine doesn’t produce seed, so you have to plant sod or sprigs.
Mow St. Augustine grass between 1 and 3 inches.
Texas A&M offers this excellent page about St. Augustine grass.
See our page of cutting heights for different varieties of grasses.
All types of grasses benefit from high quality soil. Use an organic lawn fertilizer to improve the quality of your soil long term.