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Old 02-22-2008, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, TX
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A while back I posted a thread that asked whether everyone here would think that St Augustine grass would eventually be banned from the city since new builders are not even offering it as an option anymore in their landscaping package. However, I have been able to find a lot of places that still sell it.

Prices are still relatively high per pallet, as I've asked around and its about $130 avg and it covers about 400sq. I would have thought that with it not being bought for new construction the prices would go down. Does anyone know of a good place of where to buy it and cheap? I need a few pallets to cover that yellowish, brownish, ugly grass called Bermuda.
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Old 02-22-2008, 01:46 PM
 
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I checked Lytle Grass farms a couple of months ago, and they were selling it for $100/pallet delivered. Much higher than the $70/pallet delivered I bought it for in '03, but still better than most other's current prices.
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Old 02-22-2008, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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I bought eight pallets last year for my back yard and it was something like $95/pallet. So $100 is probably about right with inflation
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Old 02-22-2008, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, TX
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I checked Lytle Grass farms a couple of months ago, and they were selling it for $100/pallet delivered. Much higher than the $70/pallet delivered I bought it for in '03, but still better than most other's current prices.
I just called them and they're selling it for $85 if you pick it up. The one thing that threw me off is that he says they sell a combination St Augustine/Bermuda grass. I wonder how that is...
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Old 02-22-2008, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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That doesn't sound like a good combination to me. Bermuda needs to be kept trim and St. Augustine is supposed to be kept fairly high. The easiest way to kill St. Augustine is to mow it on the lowest setting. My not so bright neighbor used to always do it and asked me several times what he was doing wrong. Too bad he couldn't follow my directions...
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Old 02-22-2008, 04:46 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Have you considered a Zoysia strain called Jamur? It's similar in appearance to St. Augustine but more drought tolerant. My neighbor redid his backyard last year and it looked pretty good.
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Old 02-22-2008, 06:13 PM
 
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St. Augustine needs alot of constant water.You can cut it down if you have a auto sprinkler system that waters in the early AM during the summer especially.But it's about the best I know of in keeping soil in place with it's runner system.
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Old 02-22-2008, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & San Antonio, TX
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Calvin Finch, master gardener and horticulturist, consults with SAWS and wrote up a comparison of the 4 permanent grass types that grow in San Antonio. Read more at Plant Answers

In my opinion, zoysia is the best grass for SA (depending on your sun/shade situation)... it's very drought tolerant, pretty, and very soft and cushy under bare feet. A little more expensive than St. Augustine, but much less maintenance and water required.
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Old 02-22-2008, 09:42 PM
 
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My nephew has Zoysia and does not like it in comparison to St. Augustine he had before.Guess that is why St Augustine is the favorite southern grass even with the watering.Zosia even in that opinion requires the same amount of water if to want it to stay green if you read the last part.I frankly may have been prejudiced by having had St Augustine but his was mot the same carpeted feel under the feet.
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Old 02-22-2008, 10:09 PM
 
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Harry Higgins Grass is just an office with a fenced in area where you can pick up pallets... they are less than $100 and high quality. He has been around for many moons and they have their own farm where they grow their own. I like St Augustine the best because it can survive anything, is thick, lush, and green. The only real difference with the St Augustine/bermuda mix is the price... it is cheaper. Be careful where you buy grass because there is a bad St Augustine grass that you definitely don't want but I know that Harry Higgins does not sell that type so anything you buy there will be top quality. I don't water my grass that much and it stays pretty green unless there is a draught. You cannot kill St Augustine no matter what you do to it.
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