Plant ID forum: New to Texas. What kind of grass is this?

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MayorShinn
Oct 31, 2014 3:02 PM CST
We are new to Fort Worth and have a beautiful lawn which I would like to keep nice. Can someone please tell me what type of grass I have? I can then find out how to maintain it. Image attached


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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Oct 31, 2014 3:09 PM CST

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Welcome to Texas. Welcome!

Looks like you have St. Augustine Grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum) which is a commonly selected turf grass for the metroplex area. As for the care of it, I'll leave that to others who know more about lawn care than I do. Smiling

MayorShinn
Oct 31, 2014 3:16 PM CST
I looked on line for images of St. Augustine grass. They seemed to grow from runners. Still confused. Here's a picture of a blade I pulled.This is my grass.
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Here's the image of St Augustine from the web.



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Could it be zoysia grass?

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JRsbugs
Oct 31, 2014 6:51 PM CST
To me it looks like Buffalo Grass, it was what my father used as a drought resistant grass for a lawn in the land of Oz.

I found it's the same grass Dave mentioned, Stenotaphrum secundatum.

http://weeds.brisbane.qld.gov.au/weeds/buffalo-grass-stenota...
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plantladylin
Oct 31, 2014 7:33 PM CST
My first thought was St. Augustine grass too, which is very common here in Florida but then I got to thinking it also reminds me of Bahiagrass: http://garden.org/plants/search/text.php?q=Paspalum+notatum&...
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porkpal
Oct 31, 2014 8:53 PM CST
It is not Bahiagrass. I think it's St Augustine too.
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 4, 2014 6:52 PM CST
St. Augustine.
MayorShinn, St. Augustine can & does look like the grass you pulled & posted a photo of. Given time, that piece would likely grow roots & "run" just like you read. The thing is, it can get tallish & do what your example is doing. When the grass is lower to the ground, especially down at the growth line it does develop the roots earlier & thus the blades appear shorter. If it weren't dark outside right now I could go pull some of my St. Augustine to match both your examples. The root development also depends on the weather ~~~ the temps., how much moisture there is/has been recently, even humidity plays a role as well as "growth season". Even though you are in Texas, this is not the growth season being that winter is breathing down our necks.
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MayorShinn
Nov 4, 2014 7:14 PM CST
Thank all of you for your replies. St Augustine it is!! I bought a home with a lovely lawn. Thumbs up
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 4, 2014 9:04 PM CST
Good luck with that lovely lawn. St. Augustine is a bear to maintain. I hope you have plenty of free time to tend to it. Me, I wouldn't care if all mine died. I'm not doing a thing to it. Been there, done that. I've become one of those "anti turf grass" people. But I used to love the gorgeous, green lawn. Enjoy it if it floats your boat. I wish you all the best. Smiling
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porkpal
Nov 4, 2014 9:13 PM CST
It may take a lot of effort to keep it looking good, but even if you do nothing it is unlikely to die. In fact several of the ills that plague St Augustine are most prevalent in well tended lawns.
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ctcarol
Nov 5, 2014 7:08 PM CST
Hopefully, this will prompt Mayor to do some research. Most people haven't got a clue how to maintain a lawn that they have "inherited", and don't yet understand the micro-climate of their new home.I've been trying to educate my neighbor for 7 years, to no avail. Shrug!

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