Your lawn is the pride and joy of your yard, the very thing that gives rise to the saying “the grass is greener on the other side”. However, for that to be true, you have to actually pick out what kind of grass will grow green, lush and healthy because not all grass is created equal. Grasses need specific climates in which to thrive, so we’ll be taking a look at which grass you should be growing.
Cool Season Grass
These grasses enjoy their peak growing in cooler weather, when you’ll see them grow the most. However, one thing to keep in mind is the difference between cool and cold: cool season grasses do best in temperatures between 65 to 80F, and cold is, well, colder than that.
Kentucky Bluegrass: The name was coined because of the flower heads that appear blue when grass grows to its full heigh of two to three feet. But because most homeowners trim their grass well before it reaches this height, they don’t see the blue flower heads.
Perennial Ryegrass: The blades on this grass are smooth and hairless, and you can see long parallel lines running down it vertically. It grows to a full height of about 3ft, and is easy to get a full yield.
Tall Fescue: If you have slightly acidic soil (pH between 5.5 to 7), then this toothed-edge grass is for you. One of its key characteristics is the grass folds instead of rolls, and has a scruffy, bedhead look when compared to Kentucky bluegrass.
Fine Fescue: There are at least five different types of fine fescues, and are known by their fine leaf appearance. Because of their delicate structure, they’re a type of grass you should plant in low-traffic areas, otherwise they can get damaged (and take a while to recover).
Warm Season Grass
Opposite to cool season grass, this family does best when the mercury reads 75 to 90F. Not much of the United States consistently gets these kinds of temperatures, but the southern portion does.
Bermuda Grass: It’s funny; this grass is an invasive species in the Middle East, and yet it’s highly prized here for lawns. The blades are colorful with tints of grey, green and purple, loves the sun, and can grow its root system about 6ft deep to get the water it needs.
Centipedegrass: Remember Chia Pets? This grass sort of looks like that, with thick, coarse blades and a light/medium green hue. While it doesn’t do so well in drought conditions, it doesn’t need a lot of mowing, making it a very low-maintenance grass.
St.Augustine Grass: When you think of grass that looks like a carpet, this is the one. It grows really thick and close together, which is excellent for crowding out weeds. Disadvantage: it takes plugs, sprigs or sod to grow (and is medium- to high-maintenance), but it does well in both slightly acidic and basic soils.
Bahiagrass: It’s a low-growing grass that bunches together into a dense sod, with the flowery tips splitting apart in a V-shape. And when you’ve got salty, dry or sandy conditions, then this one grows happily.
Zoysia Grass: This is the type of grass you see on golf courses because of its ability to keep standing no matter how many times it’s trod upon, as well as being able to stop erosion on inclines. As an added bonus, they’re super good at resisting drought, disease and weeds.
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