TamStar™ St. Augustine is a new drought tolerant, low water use grass developed by turfgrass breeders at Texas A&M University. A new website dedicated to TamStar at tamstargrass.com, was launched recently by the Turfgrass Producers of Texas to serve as a resource for industry professionals and homeowners. Tamstargrass.com offers research and information about TamStar’s benefits, installation, maintenance and where to purchase this scientifically advanced sod.
TamStar St. Augustine is the result of more than a decade of research at Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas. It was bred to stand up to drought and specifically meet the demands of commercial and residential lawns and landscapes in Texas. The grass is now on the market and ready for harvest at more than a dozen farms and nursery centers throughout the state. A list (tamstargrass.com/where-to-buy/) is available on the new website.
Along with drought tolerance and low water use, studies show TamStar demonstrates pest and disease tolerance, specifically to southern chinch bugs and tropical sod webworms, as well as a higher tolerance to gray leaf spot disease than competing commercial St. Augustine grass varieties. TamStar has a deep root system that allows it to tolerate stressful drought periods, with a rapid recovery response once irrigation resumes. The adaptability of TamStar will allow it to thrive in most climates of Texas.
This hardy, lush green grass is resilient to heavy wear from foot traffic and can withstand varying amounts of sun and rain.
The new website at tamstargrass.com was created by the team at the What’s Your Avocado? Marketing & Public Relations based in Mount Vernon, Washington.
TamStar™ St. Augustinegrass was produced using advanced turf breeding technologies pioneered by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas and is marketed by the Turfgrass Producers of Texas. This unique turf offers drought tolerance, pest tolerance, shade tolerance, reduced seedhead production, a deep root system, vigorous growth habits and cold tolerance better than other St. Augustinegrasses on the market. For more information about TamStar, please visit tamstargrass.com.
Turfgrass Producers of Texas
The Turfgrass Producers of Texas formed in 1972 to promote the wellbeing of Texas sod producers and encourage quality sod production. In conjunction with other Texas sod producers, the Turfgrass Producers of Texas exchange educational information about marketing and producing sod, encourage higher standards in business practices and sod production, and coordinate with government and public organizations involved in the sod industry. For more information, please visit www.texasgrass.com or call us at (979) 533-9750.
Alyssa Sanchez & Stacie Zinn Roberts
What’s Your Avocado? Marketing & PR