4 Best Grass Types in Spring, Texas

The city of Spring, Texas, often feels more like summer (because it is hot), and that means warn-season turfs that can withstand the heat are the best grass types for beautiful lawns. 

Located just a few miles away from the Gulf of Mexico, winds coming from the southwest bring extreme heat and stifling humidity through most of the year. This proximity to the ocean means there also is plenty of rainfall, which averages almost 50 inches per year. 

With Spring’s subtropical climate, these are the four best grass types for lawns:

1. Bermudagrass

Bermudagrass is easy to care for, extremely drought-tolerant, holds up to foot traffic, and thrives in full sunshine.

Classification: Warm-season grass

Spreads by: Below-ground rhizomes and above-ground stolons

Shade tolerance: Poor

Drought tolerance:  High

Foot traffic tolerance: High 

Maintenance needs: Bermudagrass requires weekly to bi-weekly mowing and fertilization during peak growing season, and regular watering and pest control.

Recommended mowing height: Mow to 1 to 1.5 inches

2. St. Augustine grass

St. Augustine grass isn’t as durable under heavy foot traffic, but the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension says it does well in the shade and will remain attractive year-round with proper maintenance.

Classification: Warm-season grass

Spreads by: Above-ground stolons

Shade tolerance: High

Drought tolerance:  High

Foot traffic tolerance: Moderate 

Maintenance needs: Weekly mowing during peak growing season, fertilization, annual aeration, bi-annual dethatching, pest control.
Recommended mowing height: Mow every five to seven days to a height of 2.5 to 3 inches.

3. Zoysiagrass

Zoysia is a low-maintenance turfgrass that can handle the Texas heat and rarely struggles with disease or pest problems. 

Classification: Warm-season grass

Spreads by: Below-ground rhizomes and above-ground stolons

Shade tolerance: Moderate

Drought tolerance:  High

Foot traffic tolerance: High 

Maintenance needs: Light fertilization throughout the year, dethatching in the cool season.

Recommended mowing height: Mow to 0.5 to 2 inches

4. Centipedegrass

Another low-maintenance warm-season grass type, centipedegrass is less tolerant of shade, extended drought, and heavy foot traffic.

Classification: Warm-season grass

Spreads by: Above-ground stolons

Shade tolerance: Low to moderate

Drought tolerance:  High

Foot traffic tolerance: Low 

Maintenance needs: Weekly mowing, and this grass type will need dethatching and pest control

Recommended mowing height: Mow to 1.5 to 2.5 inches

Although Spring doesn’t have any specific lawn watering restrictions in place, Harris County recommends watering twice per week before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m., when the sun is less likely to evaporate the moisture. Early morning is always best since nighttime irrigation can invite pests and disease. 

If you have better (or cooler) things to do than mowing your yard in the heat, hire a lawn care pro in Spring to keep your grass in tip-top shape.

Main Photo Credit: Businesses in Spring, Texas / Renelibrary / CC BY-SA

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About Wikilawn

Wikilawn’s mission is to provide the best resources and information to help you enjoy your outdoor spaces the way you want. Whether you are a DIY, lawn-loving, gardening guru, or someone who wants help in picking a local lawn care professional, we can smooth your path to a beautiful backyard!