Types of Grasses For Your Lawn

Many different types of lawn grasses are available depending on where you live that will work for you. You can decide which type will work for you after reading this article.

Northern Climate Grasses

For instance, Kentucky bluegrass is one of the most commonly used on lawns, but be aware that it requires one of the highest levels of maintenance and does not do so well in hot and dry climates. Creeping red fescue is more tolerant of the sun and shade, making it a great grass for a lawn.

Perennial Ryegrass is a hearty grass that is usually blended with other forms of grass as it grows just about anywhere. One word of caution is that there is also annual ryegrass that will grow fast and lush but will only last one season and will not come the following year again.

Tall fescue is a type of grass that is rapidly becoming more popular and can commonly be found in mixed lawns. It has a high tolerance level and works well in high traffic areas such as roadsides and playgrounds. Rough bluegrass is light green and does not mix well with other grasses but is excellent for moist and shady areas.

Bentgrass appears to be shaggy and will die out in hot and dry conditions and winter and is not as popular as the ones already mentioned.

Warm Season Grasses

Special care needs to be taken when choosing and caring for grasses in warmer climates because some grasses are not able to withstand hot, dry weather conditions. The best types of grasses for more temperate climates will be able to grow well even when temperatures exceed 80 degrees.

Types of Grasses For Your Lawn
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These grasses are not so green

These types of grasses will also be able to perform well in poor soils as well as sandy. When choosing grasses for warmer weather, you should be aware that these types of grasses will not remain green all year, but they do have the benefit of coming back each year and improve from year to year.

Bermuda grass is considered to be one of the best types of grass to use in warmer climates. It is resistant to drought as well as heat. In addition, it does an excellent job of maintaining its green color despite heat and drought.

You should be aware that this type of grass does require full sun to do well. It tends to spread fairly quickly. As a result, it can be difficult to keep this type of grass from spreading into areas that you do not want to have grass, such as driveways and flower beds.

Carpet grass tends to do better in wet soil. It can be sprigged or seeded. It is best to choose this type of grass only if you are looking for a kind of grass that can be established quickly and which is easy to care for, but it’s not known to provide a high-quality lawn.

You should also know that this type of grass does tend to recover from winter at a slower rate than other types of grasses. Centipede grass is considered to be fairly aggressive as well as dense. It is known for being resistant to weeds and does require less care than other forms of grass. Also, this type of grass is tolerant of some shade. It tends to grow fairly slowly but can be sprigged or seeded.

The very popular St.Augustine

St. Augustine is one of the most popular types of grasses because it is coarse and thick and also spreads quickly by making use of runners that can be easily edged. It does not produce a lot of seed, so this type of grass is usually better plugged or sodded than seeded.

It is the most shade tolerant of all of the warm-season grasses but does not perform well in cold temperatures. It is also susceptible to chinch bugs. Zoysia grass does well in partial shade as well as full sun. It can be rather slow to get established, but you can sprig it, plug it, or sod it.

This type of grass tends to be less tolerant of drought and also requires more care than other warm-season grasses. However, when properly maintained, this type of grass can provide a high-quality lawn. Be sure to read our article on Best Gardening Practices.