Types of Grass Used in Landscaping Homes

The lawn of your home is one of the first things people notice. The right type of grass can make all the difference in your water bill and the time you spend maintaining it. After all, most homeowners want a luxurious lawn their neighbors are envious of. What better way to achieve that than knowing the right grass to plant at your home.

St. Augustine Grass

Buy a pallet of St Augustine sod and enjoy stepping on the wide blades. The extremely hearty grass tolerates droughts and high heat well. Common in Florida and southern Texas, the gras is tough and coarse growing in regular soil and somewhat sandy areas.

Bermuda Grass

Common in California and the southern areas, Bermuda grass enjoys temperatures through to the upper 90s. The grass tolerates colder temperatures but prefers the warm season.

Tall Fescue

This transition grass works well in northern reaching areas with moderate temperatures and those a little further south. The blades hold up well in drought periods or in areas with less rain. The grass tolerates the heat making it an option for regions with high heat.

Fine Fescue

This shade-loving grass does well in northern climes. Fine fescue works in areas where other grass doesn’t grow as well such as beneath trees. The fine blades don’t handle heavy traffic well but work well blended with other grasses to fill in areas.

Centipede Grass

This southern favorite is low maintenance. Centipede grass grows short and low to the ground making it easy to maintain. The grass grows well in acidic soils like those found in Louisiana, Mississippi and the Carolinas. The grass also does well against pests.

Perennial Ryegrass

Use by itself or sow with other grasses. Perennial ryegrass is ideal for northern areas of the US. The grass holds up well under heavy traffic and grows quickly making transitioning grasses easy and fast.

Kentucky Bluegrass

This grass is best in northern climates where the climate has moderate temperatures. Kentucky bluegrass is self-repairing, durable and suitable for heavy traffic areas.

Zoysia Grass

Transition zones can benefit from the beauty of Zoysia grass. Preferring full sun, the grass is popular for use on golf courses. However, it also makes a lovely option for homeowners looking to be a little different in their neighborhoods.

Climate Tolerant

The best grass to choose is one that works well within your climate. Then decide how much maintenance and the right look you want. Sometimes a combination of grasses works better than a single type. A land care professional can help you make the right choice for your home.

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