Palmetto St. Augustine
Palmetto is the versatile turfgrass. It is primarily used for residential and commercial sites. The grass has an emerald green color and a massive root system, which make it drought and cold tolerant. Palmetto can thrive within a wide range of climate and soil conditions.
Palmetto St. Augustine Specs
- Emerald green color
- Finer texture than other St. Augustine varieties, wide leaf blades (8-9mm)
- Grows from above-ground runners (stolens)
- High shade tolerance, more than Raleigh St. Augustine
- Grows at a lower height than Raleigh if not maintained
- Excellent cold tolerance; it can stand up to temperatures near 0°F
- High drought tolerance once established due to massive root system
- Excellent salt tolerance
Palmetto St. Augustine Care
- In Spring and Summer, mow 2-2.5″ every 7-10 days or as needed, slightly higher in shade. Can mow to 1.5″ if mowings are more frequent. Do not scalp. Never remove more than 1/3 of leaf blade in any single mowing. In Fall and Winter, mow every 10-14 days or as needed.
- In Spring and Summer, apply fertilizer after danger of frost or in mid-February in frost-free areas. Use balanced time-released fertilizer, such as 16-4-8 (N-P-K). Can use products with iron to improve color. Perform soil analysis for best results.
- In Fall, use balanced fertilizer, such as 10-10-10. Can use products with iron to improve color.
- In Winter, fertilizer is not recommended except in South Texas (frost-free areas). Perform soil analysis for best results.
- At least 1″ of water weekly is recommended to keep optimal appearance and to resist disease and pests. However, in periods of drought or high temperatures, grass will need to be watered more often. Water when leaf blades wilt.