With this winter giving us so many unseasonably warm days, it’s hard not to think about the coming spring and all the yard projects you probably want to do. One of them may even be fixing up your lawn (winter is a great time to install sod). Most people love the idea of having a beautiful, deep green, uniform lawn around their home. But it doesn’t happen without work. There are so many different grass types available that it requires a lot of research and effort to know that you’re getting exactly what you need for your lawn from your residential sod supplier. How can you be sure you’re choosing correctly for your needs, area, and climate? Read on for a quick primer for choosing the best grass for your lawn.
Cool- Or Warm-Season Grasses
Grasses are categorized as cool- or warm-season. Cool-season grasses do better in the northern US, do great in the spring and fall, stay green in the winter, but often turn brown in hot summer. Kentucky Bluegrass, Tall Fescue, Fine Fescue, and Perennial Ryegrass are all cool-season grasses. Warm-season grasses do best in the southern US, thrive in the heat of summer, but go dormant in colder times and when there isn’t enough rain. Bermudagrass, St. Augustinegrass, Centipedegrass, and Zoysiagrass are all warm-season grasses. If you live in the middle region, you will likely be able to make both types thrive, depending on the other factors discussed here.
If you love to work out in the yard and you are looking forward to the time and effort it will take to weed, fertilize, and maintain your yard, you will have different options of grass type than if you’re attitude is set-it-and-forget-it when it comes to lawn care. Like Kentucky Bluegrass, more showy and attractive grasses require more work than less so types, like Bermudagrass. Both are great, but you need to be honest about your ability to maintain a more eye-catching grass type before you decide on it.
Take some time to investigate how much sunlight your yard gets before you settle on your grass type. Many warm-season grasses require 8 or more hours of sunlight a day. If they won’t gt that, they won’t do as well in your yard. Homes with a lot of shade will do better with cool season grasses instead.
Wear And Tear
Finally, don’t forget to factor in how much wear-and-tear your lawn will get, since it’s sturdiness will impact its longevity. Delicate grasses are not a good choice for families with pets or kids where the lawn is going to see a lot of traffic all season. Perennial Ryegrass, Tall Fescue, and Bermuda grass all thrive despite heavy traffic, while Kentucky Bluegrass is not as tolerant or resilient.
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