Growing a lush, beautiful lawn isn’t magic. It starts with gathering a little knowledge on the different kinds of grass and which ones grow best in your area.

Warm and cool season grasses

There are thousands of different kinds of grass, but most species can be separated into two basic categories: warm season and cool season.

Warm season grasses are better for areas with mild winters and hot, humid winters. Types of warm season grass include:Lawn Care

  • Bahiagrass
  • Blue Gramagrass
  • Buffalograss
  • Centipedegrass
  • Bermudagrass

Cold season grasses prefer hot and dry summers, and they can survive frigid and snowy winters. Different types include:

  • Kentucky Bluegrass
  • Canada Bluegrass
  • Creeping Bentgrass
  • Fine Fescues
  • Wheatgrass

Cold Season Mixtures and blends

It’s usually recommended to buy cool season grasses in a mixture or blend. Having different species or cultivars in the same lawn will make it more resistant to disease and insects. Many mixtures and blends are specifically formulated for to thrive in different conditions, such as heavy foot traffic or lots of shade.

Warm season grasses, on the other hand, are usually better if you plant a single species, because they are typically more vigorous, making it difficult for other grasses to compete.

Know what grass grows best in your area

The climate you live in determines the kind of grass you should buy. Nobody knows what grows best in your community better than the people who live in your community, so ask around at a garden center or talk to your local lawn care specialist. They’ll have plenty of recommendations on what seeds to buy, what sod to buy, and how to grow a great lawn specific to your climate.

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