Boynton Beach is famous for its year-round sunshine, gorgeous beaches, and fertile landscape. This seaside city’s tropical climate and ample rainfall are perfect for cultivating well-manicured lawns.

    But the rainy season only lasts during the summer months. When winter dryness hits and the snowbirds arrive, the population surge has an effect on the water supply. That’s why the city put in place water conservation rules to help keep things flowing and flourishing.

    Here are the three best grass types to green up your Boynton Beach lawn:

    1. St. Augustine grass

    Most popular around these parts is the Floratam cultivar of St. Augustine grass (that’s St. Augustine grass in the photo above). With a coarse texture and wide, long, dark green blades, this type is tolerant of salt. At its hardiest in USDA Zones 9 and 10, it thrives exceptionally well in Boynton Beach.

    Classification: Warm-season grass
    Spreads by: Above-ground runners called stolons
    Shade tolerance: More shade-tolerant than other warm-season varieties
    Drought tolerance: Moderate. It needs watering during dry periods to maintain color.

    Foot traffic tolerance: Best for lawns with normal traffic
    Maintenance needs: The Florida-Friendly Landscaping guidelines can help with restrictions that may be in place. Only needs 3/4 to 1 inch of water per week. This grass is also susceptible to Lethal Viral Necrosis.
    Recommended mowing height: Mow once per week to a height of 2.5 to 4 inches.

    2. Zoysiagrass

    The second most popular option is Zoysia. Identified by its dark green color and short, fine-textured blades, Zoysia goes dormant in cool weather and turns brown.

    Classification: Warm-season grass
    Spreads by: Stolons and below-ground stems called rhizomes
    Shade tolerance: Average, but prefers full sun
    Drought tolerance: High. May turn brown during prolonged drought but will green up again when watered.
    Foot traffic tolerance: Its denseness helps it stand up to heavy foot traffic.
    Maintenance needs: Low. Virus-resistant and requires one or two fertilizations per year and 1 inch of water per week.

    Recommended mowing height: Mow once every week or two to a height of 1 to 2 inches.

    3. Bahiagrass

    Characterized by its purple-tipped seedheads, bahiagrass doesn’t need a lot of nutrients to thrive. Best laid as seed or sod, this grass type will produce a dark green lawn.

    Classification: Warm-season grass
    Spreads by: Rhizomes
    Shade tolerance: Low, needs full sun
    Drought tolerance: Extremely high due to its extensive root system
    Foot traffic tolerance: Moderate
    Maintenance needs: Low. Bahiagrass doesn’t need much fertilizer or water. Keep mower blades sharp to avoid disease and pest problems.
    Recommended mowing height: Mow weekly or bi-weekly to a height of 3 to 4 inches.

    Now that you know the best grass types for Boynton Beach, you may find useful our Seasonal Guide to Lawn Care and Maintenance.

    And if you want experts to keep your Boynton Beach yard green, reach out to one of our Florida lawn care professionals. 

    Main image credit: Bubble on St. Augustine grass / Jay Morgan / CC BY-ND 2.0