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First identified in North Carolina, Raleigh St. Augustine is a southern region grass noted for its cold hardiness and resistance to the St. Augustine Decline Virus. For decades, Raleigh has been the most widely distributed turfgrass in Texas, popular for its dense growth coverage and ability to choke out weeds when consistently watered and healthy. Raleigh does exhibit an ability for growth under tree canopies but must receive adequate sunlight to thrive. 

Key Points

  • Has been the standard St. Augustine for decades
  • Most economical St. Augustine
  • Exhibits dense growth and chokes out weeds when properly maintained


  • Mowing Frequency: Moderate
  • Mowing Height: 2 - 3 in
  • Drought Tolerance: Low
  • Cold Tolerance: High
  • Fall Color Retention: Moderate
  • Injury Recovery: Moderate
  • Shade Tolerance: Moderate
  • Wear Resistance: Moderate
  • Weed Resistance: Exceptional
  • Spring Green Up: Moderate

Insect Tolerance

  • Web Worms: Poor
  • Chinch Bugs: Low
  • Army Worms: Exceptional

Disease Tolerance

  • Decline: Exceptional
  • Brown Patch: High
  • Grey Leaf Spot: Moderate

Raleigh St. Augustine Care Recommendations

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