If you are working on a new home build or simply trying to revitalize a long-patchy yard, picking the right grass seed can be the key to a lush, verdant yard. However, there are some excellent choices you can make to maximize your chances of success with any kind of lawn. The climate in your area of the United States will determine which kinds of grass seeds will thrive, so consider one of these options based on your location and other factors, like droughts that happen in your area and how many people will be walking on the grass.
Warm Season Grasses
As implied by the name, these grasses grow best along the zones in the southeast and southwest United States and thus can withstand the intense heat of summer. Even though the bulk of their growth happens during the slightly cooler spring and fall. Consider these grasses based on your needs.
This grass does well in droughts because of a low need for water, growing a coarse, durable turf that can stand up to walking. It’s pretty aggressive, meaning that it can be seeded in an area with some weeds and “win out” over them. It can handle both full sun and partial shade, making it a well-rounded option for a semi-shaded yard.
Bermuda grass can also handle drought but should be watered moderately whenever it is possible. Bermuda blades have a fine and delicate looking texture but in the case of this grass species the looks do deceive a little. It can definitely handle high traffic level and holds up. It does best in full sun and can shoot up to fill in patches in your yard quickly.
In contrast with other drought-resistant grasses, this is a very fine grass that won’t need a lot of water or maintenance to stay strong. Give it plenty of full sun and let it thrive!
This grass stays low to the ground and requires a substantial amount of time to grow, so give it its space while it is growing. It has a decent drought resistance and requires an average amount of water to succeed.
A quick growing grass, consider this course grass for areas that will receive a moderate but not high level of foot traffic. It prefers a lot of water, so consider how you will consistently irrigate your lawn with St. Augustine seed growing there.
Cool Season Grasses
In the Pacific Northwest, New England, and the Midwest, the cold temperatures of the winter demand grasses that can handle a bit more cold. Correspondingly, these grasses tend to die quicker in extreme heat. Consider the following options based on your cool season needs.
Kentucky Blue Grass
This cold resistant, disease resistant option is a particularly sturdy choice, a fine textured grass that also prefers to be well-watered. It can handle both full sun and partial shade, though, so a semi-shaded yard can handle this grass.
Creeping Bent Grass
Popularized on many golf courses, this water-intensive grass can thrive in areas with frequent rainfall, and provides a lush, soft, dense texture. Despite its fine blades, it can handle substantial foot traffic and stays gorgeous and green.
Not for the drought areas, Perennial Ryegrass will thrive in fairly temperate zones with plenty of water available, creating a medium to coarse blade structure that can stand up to most foot traffic. Extreme cold or heat tends to harm this grass, so keep this in mind if you consider choosing it.
There are many varieties of fescue, but in general, these varieties will thrive in mild winters and warm summers, making it a good choice for cool season areas that are on the border with warm season areas in the ‘transition zone’ between the two. This coarse grass stands up to foot traffic and drought, making it a hardy choice.
Tips for Successful Grass Sowing
Your grass seed, be it a straight seed of one variety or a mixture blended to create a durable and beautiful lawn, will have care instructions that should be followed primarily. However, there are a few good rules to follow. Plan to water every day at the beginning to start the delicate grass seeds well and avoid walking on the areas where grass is just starting to pop up. You can use either a typical weedkiller or an organic option, like citric acid or garlic oil, to knock out weeds that attempt to infiltrate your need lawn. Check all herbicide packaging to ensure that it isn’t toxic to your grass seed as well. The earlier you can catch weeds, the less difficult it is to remove them and reseed the areas that are left afterward, so do some vigilant work at the beginning in order to relax and enjoy your lovely lawn later in the season.