The particulars of keeping a lawn properly watered, healthy, and attractive during the many hot months in Texas is a popular topic of conversation as soon as summer rolls around. We know that it might be tempting to drown your lawn, but not only is this not always the right watering method for your grass, water conservation and planning is an important part of gardening in our state. There are often specific guidelines for lawn and landscape care in Texas, particularly in the summer months. Fortunately, there are a few options to choose from when it comes to lawn grass types that can tolerate the Texas climate, and each of those comes with their own unique watering needs.
What Types of Grass Are Well Suited for Texas Lawns?
Every type of grass is different, with watering needs particular to each type, so it’s good to learn a little about some of the most popular choices for Texas lawns.
● Bermuda Grass – This very hardy grass is probably the most widely known type on our list. Chances are good that you’ve heard of it by name, and that’s because Bermuda grass is tough. Very drought resistant, it thrives in full sun and properly maintained can hold a green hue all year, requiring a moderate to low level of watering.
● St. Augustine Grass – St. Augustine is a popular choice for lawns, but has a higher need for watering compared to other types on our list. It might be best to choose this grass only for lawns that are in parts of Texas with the least restricted water usage. This grass does well in the shade and can grow to be thick if cared for properly.
● Zoysia Grass – A dense, lush grass, Zoysia has great resistance to drought (as well as disease) and has low to average watering requirements. It also does well in most of the different regions throughout Texas, making it a widespread and popular choice.
● Centipede Grass – Named for the resemblance that some stalks of this low growing grass have to the segmented body of the insect, Centipede grass is moderate across the board in its requirements for watering, as well as its tolerance for shade and drought.
While you should always check the current water regulations in your area for up to date regulations, the general rule for Texas lawn watering is one inch of water per week – less if there has been a significant period of rain. It’s also not necessary to water as much in seasons of lower temperatures because there is less water evaporation.
Get to Know Your Watering Needs
It’s a good idea to understand the output of your watering system in relation to the type of grass in your yard. If you have questions about the water requirements of your lawn or are unsatisfied with your current watering system, we can help you choose the right system to install for your grass type, your location, and more.