questionscan someone recommend a southern grass for high…

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I live in SC and lots of people have Common Bermuda (full sun) or Zoysia (partial shade). Have you looked into either of these?

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No, but by doing a search on Bermuda and Zoysia you gave me a path to follow. The University of Florida agricultural school has articles on grasses and specifically about how they grow in Florida.

Bermuda isn't recommended but Zoysia looks promising.

Thanks!

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The words "grass" and "high" in the same sentence made me smile.

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@cebooher3: Do not put in Bermuda grass unless NOTHING else will work in your yard. It's aggressive, invasive, and is incredibly difficult to get rid of. Getting rid of it may be possible with Ornamec (for those following along), but please note that Ornamec in various formulations may be forbidden in your area (due to agricultural concerns). It is in mine, sadly.

http://www.amazon.com/PBI-Gordon-Ornamec-Grass-Killer/dp/B002HJ805Y

I know there are places that have mostly Bermuda lawns (Dallas seems to have plenty of them), but a quick google of just "bermuda grass" will provide some links on how to plant it, and a fearsome number asking how to get rid of it.

You did right by asking your local agricultural folks; that's what I'd have suggested.

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I'm in North Florida, and St. Augustine is widely used up here. For about 20 years, my St. Augustine yard was so thick and lush that it was difficult to poke a finger through it to soil. Beautiful stuff, but not good if you don't get at least six hours of full sunlight daily. (My backyard is now so shady we have difficulty getting anything but weeds to grow there.0

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I'm a Bermuda fan, too.

Ours has held up well through two active border collies, a hyper shih t
tzu, various cats and squirrels, and one step-beagle. That's not to say there are no paths at all, but the only one that really shows is the human path to a storage building.

Oh, and we're in Louisiana.

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Also in Central Florida. Have always had St. Augustine. As @magic cave said, it's thick and lush. So thick and lush that it hides small snakes quite well. Never go outside barefoot here. Ever. Very green...in the sun.

Tried more than once to sod a very small side yard. Finally learned that it will not grow in the shade. Put in privacy hedges, used bark and stepping stones to solve that problem.

Re: The OP, if your dogs are making paths along a fence, try bark, mulch, stepping stones, a low ground cover or rocks. Or a combination of them. Sorry, I don't know of any grass that will withstand constant 'runs' that dogs create.

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While it might not seem helpful, concrete also works. I'm with @gmwhit, mulch would help to make a "path" for the dogs. While some grasses might withstand the dogs, the problem might come in getting it established since the dogs are already there.

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Is Panama Red southern enough?

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I honestly thought you were asking for a drug recommendation. I had no idea lawns were such a hit topic.
Or should I say- Is that what the kids call it these days?