Guide for Choosing The Right Grass for The Lawn

grass seed guide

Several factors determine what variety of grass seed is the best for your lawn. Choose the best variety for the climate and the use for which the lawn is intended.

When shopping for grass seed, the brands are one thing, but the seed varieties and mixtures are another. Choosing between fescue and bluegrass, rye grass and Bermuda can be daunting when the difference between them is not obvious from the packaging.

Do the Homework

Before going to the garden centre, sit down at the computer and hunt up a good website on grass in the area.

Varieties of Grass Seed

Fescue is a cool season grass. Fescue stays green year round and is shade and drought tolerant.

Bluegrass, often called Kentucky Bluegrass, is a lush cool season grass. Often used for sport fields, it requires slightly higher rates of fertilizer and water. Bluegrass alone is used in low to medium traffic areas, but in blends for higher traffic areas. Bluegrass is one of the longest living perennial grasses available. Though not very drought tolerant, bluegrass can go dormant and come back after a drought with periodic water application.

Ryegrass is added to blends to provide early season green. Perennial ryegrass is truly a cool season variety. Annual ryegrass lives only one season and goes by the name of winter ryegrass. In addition to providing early germination, ryegrass mulched into a lawn will build up the nutrients in the lawn bed.

Bermuda is a warm season grass with excellent drought tolerance. Bermuda grass is used in all types of applications including golf courses, pasture land and for erosion control.

Zoysia grass is a warm season grass from Asia. As fescue is a cool season grass that can go south further than the others, zoysia is a warm season grass that can go further north than the other warm season grasses. Zoysia is a good high traffic grass, and it is salt and drought resistant. It spreads by the roots, which is why it is excellent in high traffic areas. It isn’t as prone to disease as some grasses, but clippings should be removed after mowing, because it has tendency to make a dense thatch.

For more details about common grasses please click on the guide below from A Green Hand