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How to Figure Out the Best Grass Type for Your Lawn

By: Raymond Poole

Knowing what kind of grass to grow in your lawn can be a hard choice to make. There are so many different varieties that will work in your specific area that it can be hard to choose just one variety. Check out these steps on how to figure out the best grass type for your lawn:

#1: Decide On a Category

The first choice that homeowners need to make about planting a new lawn is to decide on either a warm or cool season grass. Warm season grasses’ main growing period is from spring to fall when temperatures are between 80°-95°F.  Cool season grasses grow best in cooler temperatures that stay between 60°-75°F. If your home is located in the northern part of the country you will probably do better with a cool season grass while far southern locations should choose a warm season grass. Those homeowners along the middle of the country are in the transitional zone. You would usually pick warm season grasses for the summer and then overseed your lawn with a cool season grass during the colder winter months.

#2: Consider Your Climate

Just because you live in an area that is predominantly a cool season grass location doesn’t mean that all cool season grasses will do well. Consider climate specifics that make your home’s location unique. Look at the humidity of the region as well as the amount of annual rainfall in order to find a grass that will fit perfectly into your yard. There are four temperature range zones within the United States to take into account as well: cool/humid, cool/arid, warm/humid and warm/arid. Finding a grass type that matches your home’s climate is essential to having a successful lawn.

Another option is to take a walk around the neighborhood for established lawns that are doing well and ask those homeowners what kind of grass they have for their lawn. Tailoring your grass to what does well in your area will make a world of difference.

#3: Choose a Variety

There are many different types of grasses that are either cool or warm season varieties. Each type has its own specific texture and growing characteristics. Popular cool season grasses include Kentucky bluegrass, fine fescue, tall fescue, and perennial ryegrass. Popular warm season grasses include bermudagrass, St. Augstine, and zoysiagrass. Consider researching many different kinds of grass in order to find one that fits your lawn maintenance preferences as well as the overall look that you would like for your lawn.

#4: Determine Your Lawn Goals

Knowing what kind of use your lawn will get at your home will have a lot to do with what kind of grass you choose. Some grasses grow quite lush and provide a great full texture but also require a lot of maintenance. Other varieties are specifically bred for wear tolerance in high traffic areas like on a path between the garage and back door. Drought and heat tolerant grasses will also grow well in hotter conditions. For those wetter climates that could see a lot of rainfall or have a high humidity, consider choosing a disease resistant grass variety that would help keep lawns healthy and strong.

There are many factors to consider when choosing the best grass type for your lawn. Take into account your regional area within the United States as well as your specific climate depending on your home’s location. After you choose a grass variety make sure that it also coordinates with the goals that you have for your lawn use in order to create a lawn that will work perfectly with your new home.

Raymond Poole is an organic cooking and gardening fanatic. He spends his free time trailing and testing different growing techniques to make his beloved fruit and vegetable garden to flourish to full flavor.

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