If you find yourself in the position of seeding your own lawn, one of the many decisions you will have to make is what type of grass you are going to use.  While most people might think that all grass is the same, this is very far from the truth.  There are many characteristics of grass that can end up being very important, such as disease resistance and shade tolerance.  Continue reading for some considerations you should make when choosing a type of grass.

Climate

The most important factor in your grass choice is climate.  Above all else, your grass must be able to withstand the temperature and sunset skyrainfall of your region.  So take into account where you live before deciding on a species of grass.  For instance, fine fescue and perennial ryegrass are cool-season grasses, which mean they thrive in northern climates, grow fast in the spring and fall, and may turn brown during hot summers.  On the other hand, Bermuda grass is a warm-season grass and is more suited to hot summers and mild winters.  So know your area and choose wisely.

Shade

Certain types of grass require full sunlight, while others will grow better in the shade.  Ensure you understand how much shade falls on your lawn throughout the day so that you can make an accurate estimate of how much shade resistance your grass will need.  For lawns that are very shady, creeping red fescue has been known to handle cooler conditions quite well.

Disease Resistance

Diseases can affect grass too, and for this reason, you should figure out how hardy your grass needs to be.  Research the severity of grass disease in your area and select a species that can handle it.   If you are looking for an extremely disease-resistant kind of grass, the newer varieties of Kentucky bluegrass are known to stay healthy with great consistency.

There is no perfect grass choice for everyone, and that’s why you need to take the time to determine what will work best for you and your lawn.  Do your homework, and enjoy the beautiful sight of watching your lawn flourish.

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