What is the best grass to plant in the Rio Grande Valley, TX?

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  • Sharon Sharon on Jun 13, 2018

    Bermuda, Bent grass, Blue grass (kentucky), st Augustine.

  • Joan Stanley Joan Stanley on Jun 13, 2018

    Depends on if you have shade and if your soil was farmland before. Bermuda for the sunny areas. But, the seeds must be kept in very damp soil till its at least 2 inches tall. After it's established, It will turn brown in the dry heat unless its kept wet. But, it will turn green again when the weather cools.

    Look at commercial properties to see what they have.

    I'd ask at a LOCAL nursery (not big-box store) to see if there are better choises.

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Jun 13, 2018

    Go to your local home improvement store or nursery and see what they are selling. They only stock what will grow in your area and can also give you advice on how to best grow and care for your grass.

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Jun 14, 2018

    ....and make sure you water properly until the lawn gets established!

  • Halley Campbell Halley Campbell on Mar 20, 2024

    RED FLAG! I would definitely not suggest Bermuda, St. Augustine, or any other invasive, non-native grasses, especially these! Both Bermuda grass and St. Augustine are water suckers and the last place to plant water suckers is in a place prone to periods of drought, such as the Rio Grande Valley. There are hardy native rye grasses that look beautiful, are hardy, grow all year-long, and are easy to mow. Creeping, deep and superficial rootstock invasive grasses grow and spread horizontally rather than vertically, making them difficult to mow and trim. In addition, Bermuda, St. Augustine, & related grasses prevent other benign, nutrient-rich plants from thriving, so therefore, Bermuda, St. Augustine & such grasses not only deplete the soil of moisture, they deplete the soil of nutrients. Have you ever walked barefoot on St. Augustine grass? I can say, that for me, it's not a pleasant experience.

  • Janice Janice on Mar 21, 2024

    Contact your County Extension Agent's office for free advice and info about what will work the best in your area. Sometimes they'll even analyze soil samples to advise how you can add ingredients to amend your soil.

  • Hi Sue! According to my research, the best grass is Floratam St. Augustine.