St. Augustine grass
Photo: Roger Foley
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Zone 3: St. Augustine grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum)

Traits: This plug- or sod-grown species does best in sandy soil and bright sun. Sensitive to foot traffic and chewing insects.

When to plant: April

Newest varieties: 'Raleigh,' 'Delmar,' and 'Mercedes' are shade-tolerant and winter-hardy.

Alternatives: Centipede grass, Bahia grass, Seashore paspalum
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