Soon, spring will give way to the joys of summer, and it’s time to think a little more carefully about your lawn. Most lawn care professionals will offer their unwavering opinion on which grass is the “right” grass to plant for the ideal lawn but, in reality, there are many excellent choices depending on what you want from your lawn.
Why So Many Different Grasses?
In our geographic area, many people find it necessary to use different turf varieties (or even a combination thereof), depending on a variety of factors. Although there are some types of grass that work well in other parts of the state, those varieties may not provide the robust, lush lawn that our climate demands. Grass varieties most appropriate for handling four seasons will tolerate cold and warm temperatures as well as potential drought conditions.
Types of Grass Varieties
Kentucky bluegrass will hold up to high use patterns and can grow well in partial shade or full sun. The drawback of bluegrass is that it requires a lot of water to stay healthy. Tall fescue is more tolerant of heat and shade than bluegrass, and requires less water. Both bluegrass and tall fescue require frequent over-seeding, however, to maintain density.
Both blue gamma and buffalo grass tolerate summer’s heat and require less water than other types of grass. These varieties will only remain green however from May to about October. Some experts suggest planting these varieties together for best results.
Other potential choices, typically best for only the warm, southern regions of our state, include Bermuda grass and zoysia grass.
Sod, Plugs, or Grass Seed?
The choice between grass seed, plugs, or sod depends on several factors. Different grass varieties cultivate at different speeds. For example, zoysia grass cultivates very slowly. Consequently, zoysia is best installed using plugs or sod. Both plugs and sod provide an “instant lawn,” but require a heavy amount of preparation before installation and intensive care and maintenance afterward. Seed takes longer to produce the desired product, but is less arduous in terms of preparation. Seed is much less expensive than sod or plugs, but foot traffic must be avoided until the seed is well established
Preparing for and Maintaining Your Lawn
Preparation depends specifically on which variety of grass you select and whether you choose sod, plugs, or grass seed. Proper preparation and maintenance will make the difference between a great lawn and a dismal, patchy mess. Ensure that your lawn investment produces the lush result you want by consulting a local lawn care professional, who can provide the right lawn care products for your needs and lifestyle.