An attractive lawn not only adds aesthetic appeal to your home’s surroundings, but also it can increase your property value. The best way to make sure your lawn creates maximum impact is to first select the turfgrass species that’s right for your site. To do so, you’ll need to consider several factors.

Cool-season or warm-season species?

Cool-season grasses — fescue, Kentucky bluegrass and ryegrass — grow best in mid-fall through mid-spring, so they stay green even in winter. However, they often struggle in the searing sun, baking heat and extended dry spells of summer, requiring more irrigation to keep them alive. Even then, some areas of the lawn may die off and need to be re-sodded or re-seeded in fall. However, cool-season grasses can make an excellent choice for a shady lawn or one in cooler, mountainous climates.

Warm-season grasses — bermudagrass, zoysiagrass, centipedegrass and St. Augustinegrass — thrive in heat, but they go dormant and turn tan in winter. To keep those lawns green in winter, some people overseed them with annual ryegrass in early fall, but such lawns will need continued fertilization in late fall, February and early spring.

Sun or shade?

Most grasses need at least some sun to perform at their best, and some grasses — such as some varieties of warm-season grasses, particularly bermudagrasses — require full sun (at least eight hours a day). Heavily shaded lawns typically need a cool-season grass, such as Buy Sod’s JD Select fescue/bluegrass mix or Bella Bluegrass (see the last page of this Bulletin for information on Bella). A lightly or moderately shaded lawn, however, may grow well with a shade-resistant, warm-season cultivar, such as Buy Sod’s Zeon Zoysiagrass, Empire zoysiagrass or TifGrand Bermudagrass.

Low, moderate or high maintenance?

Some people love tending their lawns, while other people simply don’t have the time, funds or interest. Whichever type you are, there’s a great grass for you.

Zoysiagrass or centipedegrass is often perfect option for busy homeowners who don’t particularly enjoy yard work. Both types of grasses typically grow more slowly than bermudagrass, requiring less-frequent mowing. They also need less water and fertilizer to look their best.

Bermudagrasses look best with frequent mowing (to keep them at 2” or under) throughout the growing season, and many of the finest-bladed bermudas look best when maintained with a reel mower (as opposed to a regular rotary mower). Cool-season grasses will likely need to be mowed earlier (early spring) and later (late fall) in the year than warm-season grasses.

High or low traffic?

If your lawn gets a lot of use — such as from active children or dogs — a grass that spreads on its own (most warm-season grasses and Bella Bluegrass) will better withstand the wear and tear, since they can recover. Thinned or bare patches of tall fescue, though, will need to be re-sodded or re-seeded.

We can help!

Still not sure which grass you should choose? Give us a call at 866-428-9763, and we’ll be happy to help you select the grass that will surround your home with a lush, plush carpet of green!