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Understanding Different Types Of Grass

Types Of GrassGrassWhen you look at your average lawn you may just think of it as grass. there are, however, many different breeds of grass. Each of these varieties differs in how tall it tends to get, how much sunlight it needs, and even how resilient it is to being walked on. Some grass, for example, grows better in warm weather and bright sunlight, where other types of grass are ideal for when you have shady areas of your lawn. Some grass is easier to maintain, but is less resilient to kids or pets playing on it.

Grasses For Warm Weather

Bermuda grass, buffalo grass, and Zoysia grass are all great choices for warmer weather. Bermuda grass in particular is a low-growth grass that stays active year round and handles dry months better than other choices. On the other hand, Bermuda grass doesn’t do well in shady areas, so make sure it gets plenty of sun.

These types of grass may die if the temperature hits freezing point for any extended period. It’s best to grow this category of grass in weather above 55 degrees Farenheit, and usually in areas with a lot of sun.

Grasses For Colder Weather

Cool weather grass, such as tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass, tends to grow even during cooler months (57–86 degree Farenheit). While these varieties of grass will become dormant in the winter, they will generally stay green even when not growing. Taller fescue will still require full sun, but Kentucky bluegrass will tolerate some shade.

Other types of grass that grow well in shade include dwarf fescue, creeping red fescue, and supina bluegrass. Most types of fescue will grow year round, so keep this in mind if you’re in an area that gets cold but doesn’t get much snow; you may have to mow for more months of the year than you’d expected.