Pro- Good drought tolerance, better disease tolerance, vigorous growth quick to heal damage and resist weeds
Con- Less shade tolerant than some varieties, less tolerant of some weed killers, less resistant to severe freeze (not a factor this far south), most coarse in texture
Pro- Said to have good drought, disease, cold, and shade tolerance
Con- Very new introduction, so we don’t know for sure if these claims will pan out for us
Pro- Good shade, cold tolerance
Con- Poor resistance to drought, disease
Note: There is no St. Augustine resistant to grub worms, and there are situations too shady for any St. Augustine to grow. If shade might be a problem, buy one piece of grass, cut into plugs, plant, water, and fertilize carefully, and if it does not grow over spring and summer, consider flagstone paving, wood deck, shade tolerant groundcovers and shrubs, or a combination of these.
Note: Due to our cold winter, Floratam & Tamstar will be available beginning in April 2018!