low maintenance grass #278389 - Ask Extension


low maintenance grass #278389

Asked September 15, 2015, 2:31 PM EDT

I am a disabled vet and my kids are all grown and moving on. i have a small st. augustine front yard (700sq. ft.) that i can keep up with. the super sandy backyard (2500 sq.ft) is a mix of st. augustine and burmuda. looking for suggestion to over seed with something that needs little water and mowing. i can always start over and round up lawn and throw down some texas sedge seed and let it be natural. i live in ingleside, texas. thank for any feedback.

San Patricio County Texas

Expert Response

Bermudagrass is extremely drought tolerant. It may turn brown and go dormant during a prolonged drought, but it will green up and recover when rainfall returns. That may be the best option for a low maintenance lawn in your area. St. Augustine is slightly less drought tolerant, so if no additional water is applied the lawn may transition to bermudagrass over time. It is not necessary to mow bermudagrass frequently if you don't mind the look. 

Other low-maintenance options such as buffalograss will likely become overrun with weeds in your location.
Matthew Elmore Replied September 18, 2015, 10:46 AM EDT

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