Palmetto Grass Plugs

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Characteristics

Species: secundatum

Plant Height: 2-4 in.

Spread: 24-36 in.

Evergreen: No

Plant Form: Spreading

Summer Foliage Color: Green

Minimum Sunlight: Partial Sun

Maximum Sunlight: Full Sun

Ornamental Features

Palmetto St. Augustine grass is a perennial robust grass widely used for pastures and lawns.

Landscape Attributes

Palmetto St. Augustine grass is adapted to moist, coastal areas with mild winter temperatures. It is known to be tolerant of high summer temperatures, and St. Augustine grass retains its color at temperatures as much as 10° lower than those which discolor bermudagrass. Mowing, fertilization and supplemental watering are required to maintain a dense, green, weed-free turf of St. Augustine grass. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration; Insects Disease. St. Augustine grass is used primarily for lawns. It produces satisfactory turf at moderate levels of maintenance, effectively competes with weeds and other grasses and has only a few serious pests.

Planting & Growing

Mowing heights may range from 1 to 3 inches depending on the variety, frequency of mowing, and the degree of shade present. Palmetto St. Augustine grass is responsive to nitrogen fertilizer in terms of color and growth rate. St. Augustine grass tolerates moderate shade, being as good or better than other warm season grasses for shaded sites. In moist, warm climates St. Augustine grass maintains a satisfactory turf cover with only occasional mowing. In drier climates (below 30 inches annual rainfall) it survives with supplemental irrigation. So long as fertility and drainage are adequate, St. Augustine grass tolerates a wide range of soil types. As long as St. Augustine grass has been cultivated, it has been propagated by vegetative means -- stolons, plugs or sod.