Grass is not just grass; there are so many kinds it can be mind-boggling. That’s not a reason to give up though! By learning the basics of different types of grass you can reap a lush, green, healthy lawn.
Two Main Types: The first thing is to divide into two main types–the warm season and cool season. Warm-season grasses do their best growing where air temperatures are in the range of 80 to 90 degrees F. Cool-season grasses thrive best at 60 to 75 degrees F.
The warm season ones are better at dealing with drought conditions. Be sure to pick a grass that suits your region by checking a zone map.
These are some of the main different types that are labeled as cool-season:
- Rye comes as a perennial and an annual. The annual dies off after its growing season, and is most often used for bringing color in winter to a warm-season turf. The perennial will thrive for years, and is a sun-loving plant that grows from seed quickly, and is perfect for high traffic yards.
- Fescue also does well with traffic and is often used in sports fields. It’s a plant that will do better in shade, so it’s perfect for using under trees. It also does well in poorer soil, and is often used to control erosion for that reason.
- Bluegrass provides a dense thick turf, and is also happy with traffic. It is not drought-resistant and doesn’t care for shade.
Here are a few of the different types of grass which are warm season:
- Zoysia is a fierce turf that makes for a dense, weed-free yard. The drawback is that it goes dormant and turns brown in winter.
- Bermuda loves the sun and heat and is very drought-hardy. It’s not a fan of shade, but can handle the daily use of people and pets.
- Buffalo is fantastic at handling heat and the dry weather, and needs very little attention. It will not take heavy use though. As it does not spread underground, it will not take over your flower beds.
Why it matters: Besides how a blade actually looks, there are real issues in the different types of grass that matter. Some of these issues are how it handles foot traffic, the amount of light needed, watering likes, and climate area. If your house is the place where kids practice football, Buffalo grass is a bad choice, and your lawn will never look great. Choosing a blend of seeds can often give you the best of many worlds too.
Take the time to learn about your corner of the world. Simply knowing your climate details like rainfall and temperatures will help you pick the right grass type for your lawn. Thinking about sun, shade, and how much playtime your yard has will narrow your search further. Once you know what different types of grass have to offer you, you’re on your way to having the best looking lawn possible.