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WHAT TYPE OF GRASS SHOULD YOU BUY?

If you are thinking about creating a new lawn or replacing an existing one, you will need to consider a few things—for example—where you live. Please use the diagram below to help you.

Do you live in a cool and humid zone?

This area is best for cool-season grasses such as fescue, ryegrass, bluegrass, and bentgrass. If you don't want these grass to go dormant during the summer, you will need to water them. Buffalograss and Zoysiagrass grow well in the dry and warm areas of this zone, but both of these have a short growing period in these climates, so they are dormant and brown much of the year.

 

Best grasses for cool and humid zones:

  • Buffalograss
  • Fescue
  • Ryegrass
  • Bluegrass
  • Zoysiagrass
  • Bentgrass

 

Do you live in a cool and arid zone?

Cool-season grasses also grow well here, but will need watering. There are some cool-season grasses that do well with only rainfall alone. They can even sustain themselves in non-irrigated warm areas such as Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado.

 

Cool-season grasses include:

  • Buffalograss
  • Fescue
  • Ryegrass
  • Bluegrass
  • Zoysiagrass
  • Bentgrass

 

Do you live in a warm and humid zone?

The most widely used grass in this zone is Bermudagrass, but is subject to cold damage in the northern areas of this region. Zoysiagrass is an alternative that works well in those areas. Other grasses that work well along the southern coast are Bahiagrass and St. Augustinegrass. Cool-season grasses are good choices, if you live in a mountainouse region. A drawback with using a grass that grows great for you area, is that it still might not always look great. What can you do to make it look better? Some people often seed over an existing lawn with Perennial rygrass to create a green yard year-round.

 

Cool-season grasses include:

  • Tall fescue

 

Warm-season grasses include:

  • Bermudagrass
  • Zoysiagrass

 

Do you live in a warm and dry zone?

Bermudagrass is the most commonly used grass in this zone, but you could use any warm-season grass, as long as you keep it watered. In the driest parts of this zone, Buffalograss works best. In the winter—when grass is dormant—cool-season grasses are used to overseed, so that the lawn keeps its green look. In some some parts of this zone, the soil is alkaline and saline heavy, so please check with your local garden associate for best suited specialized grasses.

 

Do you live in a transition zone?

This zone has characteristics of all the other zones. You could use both warm- and cold-season grasses, but no one type does well. There are a few grasses that do better than the others. These include a cool-season grass like tall fescue. Of the warm-season grasses, bermudagrass does well in the southern part of this zone, while zoysiagrass grows better in the northern part.

 

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