Which Grass is Right For You?by Kuhrich on Thursday, June 26, 2014
Grass is grass, right? So long as it is green, lush, and healthy – i.e., making your home and lawn, and by extension you, look good – then it is doing its job and you have nothing left to worry about! The problem is, your lawn is often a little more demanding than some homeowners can make it look. Grass isn’t just grass; there are many different kinds of grasses, and each are best-suited to particular environments and climates, and require various different methods of caretaking. If you want your lawn to look great and complement your home, then it behooves you to choose the right type of grass. But how to know what the right type of grass is?
There are two primary types of grass. First, there is creeping grass, which includes grasses such as bluegrass, Bermuda, and more, including many warm season grasses. These kinds of grasses are generally prone to thatch, whereas bunch grasses – such as fescue, ryegrass, etc. – tend to spread from the crown of the plant, meaning that it is important to mow high in order to protect that crown and help the spread and survival of that grass. When choosing a specific kind of grass, it’s good to know precisely what you’re getting into…
Bermuda grass grows aggressively and is extremely resistant to weeds; if you are someone who likes to have their grass be “low maintenance” in that regard, then Bermuda may be for you. However, Bermuda grass can sometimes invade flower beds, as the same traits that allow it to survive and spread make it sometimes problematic for gardeners. Bermuda’s wear-resistant, drought-tolerant nature makes it extremely hardy indeed!
Bluegrass, on the other hand, tends to be used in cooler, more northerly regions. It has a beautiful look to it both in terms of color and texture, but it requires especially high quality soil as well as plenty of water on a regular basis. If you are comfortably with a slightly more demanding, high-maintenance grass, then Bluegrass is for you.
Centipede grass is, on the other hand, tough, low-growing, and low-maintenance, and absolutely flourishes in high acidic soil, especially in the deep Southern reaches of the United States.
There are many kinds of Fescue grasses, and all are highly resistant to the cold weather that various regions in the United States can sometimes deal with. With a high tolerance for heat, drought, shade, and wear, Fescue grass is great in just about any capacity!
- Perennial Ryegrass
Perennial ryegrass grows quickly and is great for areas where you expect high amounts of foot traffic. Ryegrass is especially great when mixed with cold-season grasses to create a “wintergreen” option for your lawn.