Which Grass Should I Choose for My Lawn?

Sep 28, 2017

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. There are a variety of warm season turf grasses that can be grown in South Carolina. The most shade tolerant but the most cold tender is St. Augustine grass, sometimes called Charleston grass as it grows in many gardens there, but chinch bugs and sensitivity to herbicides can limit its use.   High maintenance sites with full sun can select from the Bermuda grass cultivars =they  need full sun but have  great ability to withstand traffic.   Zoysia grass, once restricted to those with a special scissor- cut lawn mower, now has an  extensive number of cultivars that offer different textures, cold and shade tolerance and ability to withstand traffic. The most widely grown is still centipede grass, aka poor man’s grass as it actually declines if given much too fertilizer and prefers a lower pH than the other grasses.