A fantastic choice for the coastal plains of Virginia and the Carolinas, Raleigh St. Augustinegrass was discovered in (where else?) Raleigh, North Carolina. This is a warm-season variety that maintains its color well into the fall in coastal areas.
Best suited for Hardiness Zones 7B, 8A and 8B, Raleigh thrives in moist, humid climates with mild winters. It performs well in sun or shade, although at least four hours of sun per day is required for best performance.
Raleigh is more drought-tolerant than most other St. Augustinegrasses, thus requires less irrigation. It is best maintained at a 2- to 3-inch mowing height and fertilization rates are recommended at 2 to 3 lbs. N/1000 ft2/year.
Raleigh St. Augustinegrass can be susceptible to some disease and pests, but fungicides, herbicides and pesticides that are labeled for use on St. Augustinegrass can safely be used on Raleigh. Be sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions for application.