Grass Types: Planting the Right Grass for Your Climate


Planting Grass Seed? Make Sure to Read This First

planting grass for your climate

When you’re planting grass seed, you need to consider the climate you live in and how you plan to use your lawn. There are many varieties of grass seed available including, warm and cool season grasses, drought- and traffic-resistant grasses, shade- or sun-tolerant grasses and low-maintenance grasses. Choosing the right grass type is essential to creating a lush, healthy landscape. Before you plant this fall, find out which types of grass you should be using to grow a lawn that is beautiful and resilient.

Cool Season Grass

If you live in a cooler, northern climate, you will want to plant cool season grasses in your yard. Cool season grasses grow the most in the spring and fall. They thrive in mild to cool temperatures, but will likely brown in summer heat over 90 degrees. Since these grasses grow more in the spring and fall, this winter, make sure your lawn mower blades are sharp and you have the parts you need to be prepared for spring lawn maintenance.

A blend of cool season grasses with a warm season grass mixed in creates a balanced lawn that is likely to stay green year-round. Below are some different cool season grass types. Each has unique benefits including drought resistance and the ability to hold up even when tramped by your children. Mixing grass types will help your lawn resist disease and stress that could otherwise destroy it, and it adds some depth of color.

  • Fine fescue: Good for cool, moist climates, this cool season grass does well in the shade and during a drought.
  • Kentucky bluegrass: Mix this cool season grass with red fescue for a lawn that receives full sunlight. It’s perfect for backyard sports as it holds up well under high traffic.
  • Perennial ryegrass: If you have a moist, shady lawn and you’re looking to grow it up quickly, this is the prefect type of grass for you.
  • Tall fescue: Perfect for a cool but dry climate, this grass type does well in droughts and is the ideal choice for homeowners who want a low-maintenance lawn.

Warm Season Grass

Warm season grasses are adapted to hot weather and grow well in the south and west. Plus, warm season grasses are more drought-resistant as they thrive in hot, dry climates. However, your lawn can suffer quickly if you’re in an area where temperatures drop below freezing. These grass types are often mowed more frequently in the summer, so you have some time to order any replacement riding lawn mower parts you need before the season starts.

  • Zoysia: If you live in an area with varied temperature, sunlight and water, this is the perfect type of grass for you. It’s also a good choice if you have a hillier yard or one prone to weeds as it stops erosion and can keep out unwanted plants.
  • Bermuda grass: Choose this grass type if you live in a warm, dry climate with little rain as it can withstand droughts well.
  • St Augustine: For an attractive, kelly-green lawn that’s easy to mow and has a good shade tolerance, plant St. Augustine. Keep in mind, it may need more water than other grass types and would be well suited to a humid climate.
  • Buffalograss: Planting buffalograss is a great idea for the low maintenance gardener. It doesn’t need as much watering, fertilizing or mowing as other grass types.

Maintaining Your Lawn in Any Climate

Whether you end up planting warm or cool season grasses, proper lawn care is still important. Pay attention to how much water your lawn needs, how often it should be mowed and when it needs to be fertilized. If you live in a transition zone where your climate is neither fully aligned with warm or cool season grasses, make sure you use an appropriate blend to keep your lawn looking lush through chilly spring and fall weather.

Even in warm or cool climates, planting a blend of grass types can help counteract various issues which may develop due to your climate. Having the right grass type also means it will flourish on its own so you won’t need to treat it and replant it every season.

No matter what climate you live in, mowing high and often with sharp lawn mower blades will help your grass recover quickly and create a stronger root system. You should also repair dry or damaged grass in the fall with appropriate fertilizer, grass seed and water. This will create a healthier lawn in the spring and summer. For more tips on selecting and planting the right grass type for your area, talk to a representative at your local lawn and garden store.

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