Grass Types for Where You Live

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What grass types for where you live depends greatly on your lawn is located.  By location I mean, your climate zone and also its immediate conditions in any particular part of your yard.  Those variables are very important in what the best types of grass seed your lawn will need to be successful.

Your climate and growing conditions are obviously different if you live in Canada or if you’re in South America.  But your conditions also contrast from where you live to the home down the street.  Conditions can be many things such as shade, hills, poor drainage or low air circulation.

 

What grass types you use depends on:

  • Cool or warm zones of the world
  • Shade or sunny lawn conditions
  • Soil type
  • Water availability
  • Past history of problematic issues
  • Uses of the turf area
  • Will it be cared for after seeding the lawn

Some grass types can survive under feet of snow while some lawn seed can’t stand humidity, a few grass seed varieties can survive some lawn shade while others will not.

What type of grass you use when seeding a lawn depends on climate conditions where you live.
These climate conditions are:

  • cool season grass zones
  • warm season grass zones
  • transition areas (area between cool and warm)

Cool season grassgrass typeses optimum temperature is 60 – 75 degrees so they grow quickly in spring and fall while warm season lawns which thrive at 80 – 95 degree temperatures benefit from the heat of the summer.

Consult our grass seed and supplies store or your local agricultural feed stores, where you will find what’s best for your area and soil type. Calling your local co-operative extension office is certainly always a good source of information.
Cooler zone grass types include Bluegrass, rye grass and fescue when seeding a lawn. Wheat grass, Canadian bluegrass are the grass types acclimated to cold climates.

Warm zones benefit from seeding a lawn using grass seed varieties of Bahia, Bermuda, Centipede, St. Augustine and Zoysia grasses among others.

Transition zones you’ll find Buffalo grass among some grass seed varieties we just mentioned.

The chart below will help you decide which is the best grass type for your yard.

Best Grass Types


Cool Season Grass Types

Bluegrass

    Wear Tolerance…Med
    Fertility Needs…Hi
    Drought Tolerance…Med
    Shade Tolerance…Low
    Cold Tolerance…Med
    Heat Tolerance…Med
    Thatch…Low
     Leaf Texture…Med

 

Rye grass

    Wear Tolerance…Hi
    Fertility Needs…Med
    Shade Tolerance…Med
    Drought Tolerance…Low
    Cold Tolerance…Med
    Heat Tolerance…Low
    Thatch…Low
    Leaf Texture…Med

 

Fine Fescue

    Wear Tolerance…Med
    Fertility Needs…Low
    Drought Tolerance…Hi
    Shade Tolerance…Hi
    Cold Tolerance…Hi
    Heat Tolerance…Low
    Thatch…Med
    Leaf Texture…Fine

 

Tall Fescue

    Wear Tolerance…Hi
    Fertility Needs…Low
    Drought Tolerance…Hi
    Shade Tolerance…Med
    Cold Tolerance…Hi
    Heat Tolerance…Hi
    Thatch…Low
    Leaf texture…Med

 

 

Warm Season Grass Types

Bermuda grass
St. Augustine grass
Zoysia grass
Centipede grass
Buffalo grass
Tall Fescue

Transition Area Grass Types

 

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