When selecting a turfgrass for a home lawn, commercial landscape, or park, there are many factors to consider. These include maintenance requirements, potential water restrictions, shade and foot traffic.


El Toro Zoysia

El Toro zoysia was developed with the turfgrass questions in mind. It is the product of the nationally renowned Turfgrass Research Center at the University of California - Riverside. Since its release, El Toro has provided homeowners and turfgrass managers alike with a low maintenance, high quality turfgrass. El Toro has the unique ability to shut itself down in drought situations and quickly recovers when irrigation resumes. This makes it an ideal choice for areas facing water restrictions. It grows very well in the shade where Bermuda grass cannot survive. And because it produces less thatch than other zoysia varieties, it can mowed with a rotary mower. El Toro maintains its green color well into the fall, but can also be overseeded with perennial rye grass to provide a lush, green lawn year round.

Shade Tolerance: Very Good · Mowing Height: 1-2 ½" · Wear Resistance: Very Good · Recovery from Injury: Very Good · Salt Tolerance: Very Good · Color: Dark Green · Dormant/Winter Color: Light Blonde · Drought Tolerance: Very Good · Maintenance Requirements: Moderate


Centipede is one of the most popular lawn grasses in the eastern region due to its low growing, apple-green, low maintenance habits. However centipede cannot handle heavy traffic, high PH soils, compaction, salt and heavy shaded areas. Centipede is a slow growing grass with low mowing requirements.

Shade Tolerance: Low · Mowing Height: 1-2 ½" · Wear Resistance: Low · Recovery from Injury: Fair · Salt Tolerance: Low · Color: Apple Green · Dormant/Winter Color: Brown · Drought Tolerance: Good · Maintenance Requirements: Low

Tifway 419 Bermuda

Tifway 419 was introduced in 1959 and was known as the industry standard. It is characterized as having a dark green color and leaves that are fine textured. Tifway 419 Bermuda is one of the best all purpose hybrids. It is used on golf course fairways, football, baseball, soccer fields, and home and commercial lawns. 419 Bermuda forms a dense durable surface under relatively low mowing heights and will tolerate drought well. 419 Bermuda withstands wear and traffic, establishes quickly, and recovers rapidly from injury. Bermuda grass lawns perform best when maintained under 2 inches. Tifway 419 Bermuda can only be planted by sodding or sprigging as it produces sterile seeds.

Shade Tolerance: Low · Mowing Height: ½ - 2" · Wear Resistance: Excellent · Recovery from Injury:Excellent · Salt Tolerance:Very Good · Color: Dark Green · Dormant Color: Light Blonde · Drought Tolerance: Very Good · Maintenance Requirements: High

Raleigh St. Augustine

Raleigh St. Augustine is a fast growing grass with a course leaf texture and dark green color. This variety of St. Augustine grass has the best cold tolerance of all of the St. Augustine varieties. St. Augustine can survive in heavily shaded areas where other turf grasses will not.

Shade Tolerance: Very Good · Mowing Height:1-2 ½" · Wear Resistance: Fair · Recovery from Injury: Fair · Salt Tolerance: Very Good · Color: Dark Green · Winter Color: Moderately Dormant · Drought Tolerance: Good · Maintenance Requirements: Moderate


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