Houseman Grass Series – All about St. Augustine Grass

At Houseman Services, we know all about lawn care. This series is dedicated to educating you about the most common lawn types in Georgia. Each week in this series, we will cover these different grasses:

This is the last blog in the Houseman Grass Series and is about St. Augustine grass in Georgia.

This grass is a warm-season lawn grass that is popular for cultivation in tropical and subtropical regions. It is a medium- to high-maintenance grass that forms a thick, carpetlike sod, crowding out most weeds and other grasses.


St. Augustine is a coarse, broad-leafed grass, which has a lower cold tolerance than other warm-season grasses and is not often found as far north as Atlanta. It is ideal for areas along the South Georgia coast and fares well in lawns that receive partial shade because it performs best in moist soil.

Type:                  Warm season grass

Sun Exposure:    Full sun to partial shade

When it comes to cold weather, St. Augustine is definitely not the most tolerant, but it will survive the mild Atlanta winters. It is common to lay down sod or use plugs when adding St. Augustine to their lawns.


St. Augustine grass is specifically planned for beautiful, durable grass residential lawns. It is adapted to moist, coastal areas with mild winter temperatures. It is known to be tolerant of high summer temperatures, and


There are many benefits to planting St. Augustine Grass:

  • Can handle moderate shade, being as good or better than other warm-season grasses for shaded sites.
  • Tolerates a wide range of soil types
  • Thrives at a pH range from 5.0 to 8.5
  • Highly tolerant of soil salinity, producing satisfactory growth
  • With moderate levels of maintenance, it produces thick tur
  • Competes well with weeds and other grasses and has only a few serious pests
  • As temperatures cool, St. Augustine grass maintains its dark green color


St. Augustine grass does not tolerate compacted or waterlogged soil conditions.

Steps for Healthy Lawn

There are several steps to consider when wanting to achieve a healthy and beautiful law:

·      Lawn Analysis.

·      Aerate your Lawn.

·      Seeding.

·      Optimal Fertilizing, Weed, Insect, and Disease Control.

·      Proper Watering.

·      Cutting the Correct Height.

If you are not familiar with St. Augustine grass, it is in your best interest to make sure you talk with or hire a Lawn Care Service that is knowledgeable in this area to know fertilization schedules, over-seeding management techniques, utilization of intense mowing schedules for shorter mowing heights than most lawns, accurate irrigation and drying procedures.

Contact Houseman Services at 866-964-PEST as soon as possible so we can treat your property?

Houseman Services is the only complete service company in the Athens, GA area. We provide Weed control, fertilization, shrub care, mulch & pine straw, sod, annual plantings, irrigation, and commercial & residential lawn maintenance. We are also state certified and licensed in wood destroying organisms (termite control), household pest control, public health, and turf & ornamental weed control. We are licensed to control and treat mosquitoes, termites, all pest problems, and turf & ornamental weed control. Contact the professionals at Houseman Services and set up a free inspection of your yard. We have been servicing homes and businesses in the Athens, Clarke County area since 1985!