Best Types of Grass and Turf for Texas - Heat and Drought Tolerant

We carefully select the types of turf and grass that we recommend to our customers. There are several types and varieties of grass and turf used for residential and commercial landscaping that will grow well on lawns in Texas. Our pallets of different types and varieties of grass and turf have been carefully selected to grow well in Texas lawns. Some turf and grass is drought and heat tolerant while others are not. Some varieties can grow in shade while others need lots of sun. Some have special mowing requirements to promote growth. Selecting the right type of grass or turf to grow in your Texas lawn can be challenging, but our staff is trained to help you select the one that is suitable for your landscaping requirements.

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What is the Difference Between Grass and Turf?

Let's talk about the differences between grass and turf. You must look at the root system to distinguish between the two. Turf has a bunch-type growth and will feel thicker when you walk on it. Empire Zoysia, Palisades Zoysia, Cavalier Zoysia, and Jamur Zoysia are examples of turf.

Grass spreads by developing rhizomes under the ground and will feel thinner. Bermuda grass and Centipede grass are two examples. Both turf and grass are excellent choices but your selection depends on the location in which you are going to plant the grass or turf, drought conditions, the maintenance involved, and the grass or turf's tolerance to heat and cold conditions. Check out the turf and grass chart below.

Since we select types of grass and turf that are suitable for our area of Texas, you do not have to worry about purchasing a product that looks good in a catalogue but will not do well in College Station, Bryan, or the Brazos Valley.

Types of Grass and Their Resistance Factors

Some types of grass and turf are excellent for shade while others need sunlight. Some types of grass and turf are great for foot traffic, like grass used on golf courses, while others are not so tolerant. The availability and resistance chart below is a guide to help you make your selections. Our knowledgeable staff can clarify any questions that you may have about your purchase.

Raleigh St. Augustine In Stock Good Excellent Good Excellent Fair
Palmetto St. Augustine 1-2 Days Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Fair
Tifway 419 1-2 Days Excellent Good Excellent Poor Excellent
Celebration Bermuda 1-2 Days Excellent Good Excellent Good Excellent
Palisades Zoysia 1-2 Days Good Excellent Excellent Good Excellent
Empire Zoysia 1-2 Days Excellent Excellent Excellent Moderate Excellent
Cavalier Zoysia 1-2 Days Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Buffalo Special Order Excellent Good Excellent Low Moderate
Centipede Special Order Poor- Moderate Excellent Poor- Moderate Moderate Poor
Jamur Zoysia Special Order Moderate Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Tifdwarf Special Order Excellent Poor Excellent Poor Excellent
Tif sport Special Order Excellent Excellent Excellent Low Excellent

How Much Turf or Grass Should I Purchase?

The following information is provided to help estimate how much turf or grass is needed for a project. Our staff will help you determine the exact amount of grass to purchase for your landscaping endeavor.

Q: Approximately how many pieces of grass or turf are on a full pallet?
A: There are approximately 150 pieces of grass or turf per pallet.

Q: What is the size of each piece of grass or turf on a pallet?
A: Each piece is approximately 16 inches by 24 inches.

Q: Approximately how many square yards will a pallet of grass or turf cover?
A: A full pallet will cover approximately 450 square feet.

Q: Is there a minimum purchase of turf or grass?
A: You may purchase Raleigh St. Augustine by the piece, half pallet or full pallet. Any other variety of turf or grass is usually a one pallet minimum.

Grass selections for your landscape should be carefully made.

Not all grass can stand the Texas heat.

St. Augustine - Tif - Zoysia - Bermuda - Buffalo - Centipede

are great selections for our area

All American Stone and Turf can supply fresh grass - straight from the turf farm.

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