Choosing The Perfect Grass For Your Yard

June 12, 2013

Before applying grass seed in your new yard, evaluate the climate where you live. Depending on the hardiness zone where you build your custom home, certain types of grass will work better than others. For example, in zones 8 through 11, warm- season grasses are usually the most successful. In zones 2 through 8, cool-season grasses thrive. If you are in zone 8 or are close to the border of the zone, you may find that a mix of both helps you keep a beautiful green blanket of grass all year long. Here’s what to consider when choosing the perfect grass for your yard:

Cool Weather Climates

Cooler climates, like the lower hardiness zones, do well with grass seed such as Kentucky bluegrass, fescue or perennial ryegrass. As an alternative, you can create a blend of any of these for the yard of your custom home. In most cases, in this climate, it is best to plant your seed in the fall or early spring. If you are in an area that sees extreme cold temperatures, fescue grasses are more tolerant than other cool-climate grass seeds.

Warm Weather Zones

In warmer areas, such as hardiness zones of 8 or above, there are other grass options that tolerate the sun, heat and drought risks much better. Bermuda grass is a common selection in the southern region, but does not tolerate shade very well. St. Augustine and Centipede grass are also viable options in these regions.

Middle Regions

A stretch of land that crosses the country, from southern California all the way across to North and South Carolina, is essentially a mid-point in which the climate is a blend of both warm and cool weather environments. If you are in this band, tall Fescue may be the most viable option. If you are on the Carolina coastline, this type of grass may not grow, so check with a garden center for the best grass in this area.

Consider the time that you have to groom your grass as well. If you have a demanding schedule and are rarely home, a grass that requires frequent cutting, regular watering, and other maintenance may not be the most viable option.