I live in Texas, and my back yard is on the bottom of a hill; thus it gets lots of run-off from other houses in the subdivision. The run-off causes problems you'd normally expect:
- Soft, boggy lawn especially in the shallow drainage swales that were put around the house to deflect downhill run-off
- Tough to keep grass looking good because foot traffic easily flattens it (due to high moisture content in the clay). We have a young child, and it would be nice to have BBQs / backyard kiddie-pool parties that didn't cause lawn damage.
I have considered planting St Augustine, which has a good reputation in hot, boggy soil, but there is another problem. St Augustine requires a lot of water, and our area of Texas has had problems with drought.
Is there any other grass that will accomplish all of the following?
- Tolerate drought without a lot of water
- Stabilize persistently-damp clay soil
Our house faces south, so the lawn is on the north side of the property (if that matters). We do have a mature Spanish Oak on one side of the lawn (the tree gives some shade to a corner).