– Hey I’m Michael with Houston Grass and we’re doing several videos today on several different issues and we were driving around
and saw a spot here that a prime example of trying to
grow St. Augustine in the shade This is normally, what happened when you
are in these neighborhoods that require you to plant a
couple of trees out by the curb and you got neighbors with trees and you got a couple in your yard, it’s just really tough
in some spots without keeping your trees almost butchered to grow grass. And especially these
areas out by the road. You see the thinning of the
grass here and thinning here, these trees are actually
trimmed up fairly well and it’s still just kind of a hard sell with regular Raleigh St.
Augustine to get this grass to go. We set for this reason between me and the ladies
that work at our office we probably have four or five, maybe six conversations per
day about shade issues, people call hey I can’t get the
grass to grow under my trees I’ve got a 30 year old oak trees and I got two or three of ’em. We kind of shake our head, but we do carry, we carry two grasses that
are more shade tolerant than the regular Raleigh St. Augustine. Palmetto is a grass that we’ve carried for we’ve been around 13
years and we’ve had it, Palmetto’s been around quite a long time, probably even before that, and it, the rule of thumb is that regular Raleigh St.
Augustine requires about seven hours of direct sunlight per day where as the Palmetto can
survive on about four. One problem with Palmetto though is this time of year, when
we’re in the heat of summer, we start to get a lot of gray leaf spot, which is a fungus that attacks grass especially in shadier areas and it’s almost inevitable
along the Gulf Cost that this gray leaf spot shows up. And for whatever reason Palmetto seems particularly susceptible to it. It may not be near as much
fault, the grass’ fault as it is the fact that
the grass is planted in shadier areas that never
get to really dry out, but a new grass that has come about through Texas A&M is called TamStar and it’s a St. Augustine that they used some of the DNA from Palmetto to make it, so it’s got some of those it’s got the good shade characteristics and probably similar to that
four hours of direct sunlight and then filtered sunlight
throughout the day that it probably needs, but it is less susceptible
to this gray leaf spot that is such an issue in June, July, August in
this part of the world so. That is something to consider TamStar, it’s a really nice looking grass. It is denser, the blades
are a little bit finer than all the other St. Augustines and it’s just really aesthetically
a really nice looking grass even if I were going to
replace a yard I like it, even if it was going
to planted in full sun it’s just has a denser look to it with the finer blades. If you looked at a stem of grass, here’s, obviously, an unhealthy stem of Raleigh St. Augustine, but if you looked at the stolons there would be a lot more
stolons per square inch on a TamStar stem then a regular Raleigh St. Augustine, what you get is a denser looking turf and the finer blade. It just makes it, to me
at least, personally, more aesthetically
pleasing looking grass, so. It’s certainly something to consider if you’ve got a shadier
area, that being said, we don’t recommend planting
any grass in the shade in like July and August, it’s just there’s a lot of problems,
lot of things can go wrong, mainly the gray leaf spot and here lately also some sod webworms
during those summer months that can be an issue, but TamStar is a fantastic grass and it’s something relatively new, but I think it’s
something that’s going to, is a big step in the right direction.