Drought-Resistant Grass

Drought-resistant grass? No way, you might think... but think again. The lawn care industry is filled with innovative products and solutions, including drought-resistant grasses. If you live in a region where summers are long and rainfall is minimal, you might want to read on. There is such a thing as drought-resistant grass that remains green throughout the year, notwithstanding weather conditions.

Tall Fescue

Tall fescue thrives in moist environments; however, it can survive in very dry conditions. This drought-resistant grass endures various types of soils, but it thrives in clay soils that contain a large amount of organic substances. Tall fescue is ideal for areas that experience extremely humid, hot summers and very cold winters. For optimum resistance to drought, mow tall fescue at 3 inches during the summertime. There are several varieties of tall fescue: Arid, Kenwell, Kenhy, Fawn, Goar, Kentucky-31, Alta, Rebel, Olympic, Houndog, Falcon, Bonsai and Adventure. This drought-resistance grass also endures light traffic, but must receive proper watering. During the hot summer months, tall fescue, if not watered appropriately, can become thin. Overseeding your tall fescue, drought-resistant grass during the fall is recommended to prevent lumpy, clumpy patches.

Bermuda Grass

Of all the drought-resistant grasses in the world, Bermuda grass ranks as one of the best. If you live in an area where the weather conditions are mostly dry and hot year-round, you might want to consider planting Bermuda grass. While Bermuda grass thrives in tropical and sub-tropical climates with heavy rainfall, it can endure extensive periods without precipitation. Because the root and rhizome penetration of Bermuda grass is deep, it can survive in areas of extreme drought. For suitable wear-tolerance and appearance, the mow height of Bermuda grass should not exceed 1 inch. This drought-resistant grass flourishes in well-drained areas that receive plenty of sunlight. There are many types of Bermuda grass; some of the most common varieties are Sundevil II, Transcontinental, Yukon, Arizona Common, Mohawk and Princess.

Zoysia Grass

Another drought-resistant grass is Zoysia grass. In extreme drought conditions, Zoysia grass can become straw-colored; however, Zoysia grass is known for its beautiful, medium dark-green color. Due to its deep root system, Zoysia grass can extract water from penetrating the soil at greater depths than other grasses. Zoysia grass grows bests in the warmer months; during cold weather, it becomes dormant and turns brown. This drought-resistant grass has a tendency to grow slower than other types of grass, but produces a beautiful, medium dark-green color if maintained properly. Zoysia grass is generally established by plugging or sprigging. El Toro, Zenith and Emerald are varieties of Zoysia grass.

Get Greener with Drought-Resistant Grasses

Not only will your drought-resistant grass stay green during periods of little-to-no rainfall, but your life will be a little greener as well. Think about it: If your grass is drought-resistant, then it will survive without water and thus, require less watering. Also, it's important to refrain from frequently mowing drought-resistant grass. Grass that is too short causes shallow roots; deeper roots can extract more water from greater soil depths. The less you mow your lawn, the less you're polluting the air. So, drought-resistant grass will keep your grass green during dry months, while saving our Earth at the same time-a win-win situation!
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