At Quality Turf Sod Farms, we grow two varieties of turfgrass sod. Our Quality Plus sod, a dwarf fescue and Kentucky bluegrass hybrid mix that is specially formulated for hot dry climates like the Inland Empire of Southern California. Our second variety is Quality St. Augustine. It’s a premium variety of St. Augustine called Raleigh. St Augustine grass makes a beautiful light green to dark green turf. It forms a dense turf that grows well in most soils throughout Southern California. It is used along the coastal ranges because of its good salt tolerance.
St Augustine also has good shade tolerance. Great shade tolerance is one of the reasons it is preferred over bermuda grass. Bermuda grass has very poor shade tolerance. St Augustine grass will go dormant when the soil temperatures fall below 55 degrees. If the soil remains warmer than 60 degrees all year, the grass will stay green. It will, however, slow in growth as the soil drops in temperature.