Lawn Care - Types of Lawn Grasses, Grass Seed
Lawn grasses are generally classified into two groups: warm season grasses
and cool season grasses. Your local garden store stocks lawn grass seed varieties
most suitable to your area. They usually offer a variety to fit sunny, shady
or heavy use lawns. Many homeowners opt for a blend of lawn grasses, which
will offers a varying degree of benefits.
Warm Season Grass:
Zoysia- A tough, heat and drought resistant grass. This grass is well suited
for high use areas.
St. Augustine- good for shady areas.
Buffalo Grass- tough and resilient
Bermuda- drought tolerant
Cool Season Grass:
Annual Ryegrass- A quick growing annual lawn grass. Often mixed in with other
grasses to get new lawns off to a quick start. Also used as a winter cover
on farmlands and gardens, to replenish nitrogen and minimize soil erosion.
Kentucky Bluegrass- By far the most popular for fine textured, rich looking
Annual Bluegrass- not frequently used.
Canada Bluegrass -
Creeping Bentgrass- should be mowed below 1/2 inch.
Perennial Ryegrass- Quick growing like annual ryegrass, only a tough perennial.
Red Fescue- Grows best in shady areas.
Tall Fescue- Drought tolerant. Also sometimes used in warm season areas.