Raleigh St. Augustinegrass

Introduction

Discovered in a lawn in Raleigh, NC, Raleigh St. Augustinegrass is truly the Carolinas’ “hometown” grass. The most cold-tolerant variety of St. Augustinegrass, Raleigh is also remarkably tolerant of high salinity soils and thrives in moist, humid climates with mild winters, making it perfectly suited for the Coastal Plain of the Carolinas and Virginia. Among the most shade tolerant of the warm-season grasses, Raleigh also retains its color longer into the fall.

Raleigh provides a durable, reliable lawn that stays green well into November in coastal areas. If you want St. Augustinegrass, turn to Buy Sod for the highest-quality, “Blue Tag” certified Raleigh sod.

Raleigh St. Augustinegrass is a warm-season variety suited for Hardiness 7B, 8A and 8B.

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Attributes and Benefits

  • Both heat and cold tolerant = thrives in the Coastal Plain of the Carolinas and Virginia.
  • More drought tolerant than other St. Augustinegrasses = needs less irrigation.
  • Excellent salt tolerance = perfect for seaside lawns.
  • Medium blue-green color = attractive lawn.
  • Performs in sun or shade = extends site options.
  • Stolons only = easy to keep edged from landscape beds.

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Best Practices

  • Sunlight Requirement: Grows well in sun or shade. Best performance with at least 4 hours of sun per day.
  • Mowing: Best maintained at 2.0” to 3.0” mowing height (rotary mower).
  • Fertility: Recommended 2 to 3 lbs. N/1,000 ft2/year.
  • Weed Control: All herbicides labeled for use on St. Augustinegrass can be safely applied to Buy Sod’s Raleigh St. Augustinegrass. Always follow label instructions.
  • Disease Control: St. Augustinegrass can be susceptible to brown patch and gray leaf spot during the growing season (fungicides may be needed). All fungicides labeled for use on St. Augustinegrass can be safely applied to Buy Sod’s Raleigh St. Augustinegrass. Always follow label instructions with fungicides.
  • Insect Control: St. Augustinegrass can be susceptible to chinch bugs during the growing season. Treatment threshold is 20 chinch bugs per 1,000 ft2. Always follow label instructions with pesticides. Additional irrigation can suppress damage.

Best Uses

  • Landscape — ideal for residential lawns and commercial landscapes in the Coastal Plain of the Carolinas and Virginia.

Pedigree

Discovered growing in a home lawn in Raleigh, NC, Raleigh St. Augustinegrass was released in 1980 by North Carolina State University as a cold-tolerant, SAD-resistant variety of St. Augustinegrass. It has a proven record of performance in the Carolinas and Virginia for more than 30 years.

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Characteristics Ratings

Fineness of Blades
Wear Tolerant
Speed of Recovery
Heat Tolerance
Drought Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Shade Tolerance

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