Types of Grass
There are dozens of different types of grass that you can choose to use for your lawn. Each specie has its own benefits and drawbacks. When choosing grass, first evaluate your yard's physical properties. Then, consider what grass characteristics you want the most.
Grasses are divided into two basic groupings. Cool season grasses are best suited for more northern climates. These grasses grow best in moderate temperatures: If the weather gets too warm, a cool season grass can turn brown. These grasses might need extra watering as well. Warm season grasses do best with heat and are particularly hardy and drought-resistant. If you live in a transitional climate zone that is neither particularly cool nor very hot, consult a local lawn care expert to see which type of grass is better for your area.
Different Types of Grass for Your Lawn
Once you have chosen a type of grass, you can consider which specific specie of grass is best for you. Lawns can also be made up of a mixture of grass species to take advantage of the different characteristics of different grasses.
Kentucky Bluegrass is the most common cool season grass. This grass looks great and is known for having a lush texture, but it needs a lot of maintenance, and it is easily killed by too much heat or shade. Ryegrass and Fescue types of grass are much more resilient and are often mixed with Bluegrass. However, Ryegrass needs a lot of sunlight to thrive. Fescue varieties are extremely hardy but can grow in unsightly clumps.
Warm season grasses do not mix well with each other, so it is more important to find out which specific grass is best for your yard. Saint Augustine grass is very popular and can withstand high temperatures. For areas with poor soil, Centipede Grass is a good option that needs little maintenance. Seashore Paspalum is a good choice for coastal areas that may have more salt in the soil. When choosing a warm season grass, be sure to research the soil of your region to make sure that you choose a grass that will grow well in your area. Since warm season grasses cannot survive cooler temperatures, you can plant Ryegrass to maintain a vibrant lawn during the winter months.
It can seem tempting to choose a grass based entirely on its appearance or by how much maintenance it needs, but if a grass isn't well-suited to a climate and soil, it will not grow well. Before you choose a grass, take the time to find your location on a climate map and research your area's soil. You will find that when you choose a grass that will thrive naturally, you will have a more beautiful lawn.