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Gardening Tip:

Assess Grass Types
and Your Needs!

Always honestly assess what you are going to use your lawn for:

Will it be used for the kids and a play area?

Will it be used as a sports field?

Will it be used simply for looks around your garden area?

Will it have pets on it?

Will you be parking on it?

Once you have thought about it, then you can combine your two requirements: your climate and your needs, and choose the grass that matches best.





 

Back to Plant Gallery    |   Grass Types  -  What type of grass do I have?

The biggest trick to having that perfect lawn is to pick the correct grass for your area. Grasses are divided into two kinds: Cool-Season and Warm-Season, and while it's pretty straight forward, read about each grass carefully.

If, after reading about each grass type below you need more information about how to choose the best grass for your area, more about lawn care, installation, and maintenance, read our in-depth, 2-part lawn care series:
Grow a Green, Lush Lawn - Part 1
Grow a Green, Lush Lawn - Part 2



Cool Season Grasses
Grow well in fall, winter, through early spring and like:

  • Winters that are mild wet to frigid or snowy
  • Summers that are warm or hot, but dry
Click on each Grass Type Name
for more details


Takes
Heat
Takes
Cold
Takes
Traffic
Creeping Bentgrass

(Agrostis palustris)
 XX
Canada Bluegrass

(Poa compressa)
 XX
Kentucky Bluegrass

(Poa pratensis)
XXX
Rough Bluegrass

(Poa trivialis)
 XX
Perennial Ryegrass

(Lolium perenne)
XXX
Fine Fescues

(Festuca spp.)
 X 
Tall Fescue

(Festuca arundinacea)
XXX
Wheatgrass

(Agropyron spp.)
 XX

Warm Season Grasses
Grow well in late spring through summer and like:

  • Winters that are mild
  • Summers that are hot, humid or dry
Click on each Grass Type Name
for more details


Takes
Heat
Takes
Cold
Takes
Traffic
Bahiagrass

(Paspalum notatum)
X X
Blue Gramagrass

(Bouteloua gracilis)
XX 
Buffalograss

(Buchloe dactyloides)
XXX
Centipedegrass

(Eremochloa ophiuroides)
X  
Bermudagrass

(Cynodon spp.)
X X
St. Augustinegrass

(Stenotaphrum secundatum)
X X
Zoysiagrass

(Zoysia spp.)
XXX


 








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Keep Seedlings Moist

When you have just planted seeds, keep the soil moist until germination.

If the soil dries out, the seeds will die.

After germination, allow the soil to dry out a bit between waterings, but keep a close eye on the seedlings until they are well established.


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