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How to Choose the Right Type Of Grass

Choosing the Correct Type Of Grass

Building a lawn as perfectly green, lush, thick, and vibrant as the grass is always a challenge, and becomes even more challenging when you aren’t sure which is the correct type of grass to use on your property.

Different grasses produce different finished results as far as your look, feel, and thickness is concerned. Choose the right type of grass, and you will have the best looking lawn in the neighborhood. Choose the wrong type of grass for your environment, and you’ll have a yard filled with patches and weeds, and is almost impossible to enjoy.

Here’s a quick guide to help you go about choosing the correct type of grass moving forward!

Cool season grass or warm season grass?

The first thing you’ll need to do when you are getting ready to select the right type of grass according to where your land sits in the “Climate Zones.”

Cool zones, those found in the Northeast, the Northwest, and throughout the Midwest are going to feature cool season grass, grass that can grow thick, grass that can grow very green, and grass that isn’t going to be a headache to maintain. Cool zone grass, on the other hand, is going to require quite a bit of water to keep looking top notch – and you’ll definitely have to mow more frequently than warm zone grass.

Warm zone grass, typically found in the southeast throughout the South and a little bit in the Southwest is going to be a little bit “crabbier”, more challenging to grow in the early stages, and not quite as visually stunning as cool weather grass without a lot of care.

On the flipside, warm zone grass rarely requires water, won’t need fuss, and isn’t going to grow at a ridiculous rate, either.

Figure out the kind of soil that you’re dealing with

well drained soil - suited to warmer climate turf
Well drained Soil – Suited to warmer climate Lawn Types

Of course, another huge determining factor in the type of grass that you end up choosing has to be the kind of soil that you are going to be growing your grass in.

Different soils are going to accommodate different varieties of grass, and depending upon the pH of your grass you’ll have to make sure that you are selecting the right seed in the right varieties moving forward.

You’ll also need to think about the amount of sun that your grass gets, the drought tolerance that you are going to have to address.

The salt tolerance that may be necessary if you live near the ocean, and the amount of time that you are willing to put in to grow and then maintain your grass.

Mix things up

cooler climate grass

The very last thing you want to do is grow a lawn of grass that is comprised entirely of the same variety of grass.

Sure, this might seem like the right approach – and if you are growing a putting green, this is the kind of path you’re going to want to take. But if you’re looking for a visually stunning that has plenty of resistance to pretty much everything that Mother Nature throws at you, you’ll need to shake things up and add different varieties in with one another to get the best results.

Think about adding different types of grass, including St. Augustine, Centipede, Bermuda, and Buffalo grasses alongside perennial cool weather grasses so that you can get that thick and luscious lawn your after without having to worry about what a heat spell or drought would do to your lawn.

This kind of mixing and matching is going to make your lawn a lot more resilient, provide for a lawn that grows just as they can just as beautiful as possible, and one that isn’t going to require you to do too much heavy lifting as far as general maintenance is concerned.

Every year you’ll want to top dress your lawn with nutrients to make sure that it is ready to rock ‘n roll (top dressing in the spring and just before winter, about six months apart, is always a good idea) and you might need to feed seed back into the lawn on a regular basis to keep their patches to a minimum.

But if you follow all of the inside information we’ve been able to share with you above you won’t have much to worry about when it comes to growing a beautiful lawn no matter where you live!

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