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St. Augustine Grass for Hot, Humid Areas
St. Augustine grass is a wonderful choice for lawns, but only in a very limited area. It does best in hot, humid climates, such as the gulf states. It does not tolerate cold or drought very well, but where these are not a problem, it can develop into a really beautiful lawn. It has a deep blue-green color, with wide, course blades. It generally must be started from sod or plugs, but there is a seed on the market for starting a St. Augustine lawn.
One problem St. Augustine grass tends to have is insect trouble, particularly with chinch bugs. These small black and white insects will usually attack the grass in the hottest part of the yard. You can tell they've been there because the grass will be yellow in patches. An insecticide designed for turf should take care of them, or you can call in a professional. It also has more problems with thatch than other grass varieties and should be dethatched when you notice the thatch is one-half inch thick.