Do you know your varieties of turf grass?

Written by Gene Caballero on August 06, 2015

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Caring For Your Lawn.

Whether you decide to hire a landscaping company in Lebanon, Tn or hire a lawn mowing company in Johns Creek, Georgia, or mow the lawn yourself, most homeowners want a green yard.  So what is the best grass for a lush green lawn? That all depends, on where you live, and how much work you want to invest. There are twelve different kinds to choose from, one is right for you,  

Bahia grass has a deep root system and will stay green into the fall and winter. It has a course texture and light green color. It requires a moderate amount of watering, and only occasional fertilizer.

Bent grass is the grass commonly used on golf courses because of it's tolerance for heavy foot traffic. Water and fertilize as needed, since the shallow root system will need care. You can, however, mow it very short without damage. It is easy to grow and has an attractive green color.

Bermuda grass is will grow in many different kinds of soils. It is drought resistant and makes a great lawn with minimal fertilizing and regular mowing. Bermuda grass will grow in the shade, but grows best in full sun. It can tolerate heavy foot traffic and cold weather. It will stay green well into the winter if watered weekly.

Buffalo grass is an excellent choice for anyone who lives in an area with extreme conditions, or anyone who wants a beautiful lawn with little work. Buffalo grass is very low maintenance. It is drought resistant and does nor require fertilizing. In fact fertilization can be harmful to Buffalo grass. It only needs to mowed about once a month, or once a year if you want to have naturalistic looking landscape.

Carpet grass will grow in low, wet, areas with sandy soil. It needs a low pH so fertilization not needed. It is not drought resistant and will need regular care in periods of dry weather.

Centipede grass makes a dense, beautiful, weed free lawn. It is low maintenance. Grows well in the shade, sandy soil, will adapt to low fertility conditions. It is cold tolerant to 5 degrees and needs little or no fertilizing.

Fescue grass is disease resistant, and can tolerate high foot traffic. It has a bunch type growth that will need pre-emergence herbicide to keep away weeds. It does well in cool weather and will stay green for eight to nine months. It does need yearly fertilizing. Fescue is very popular is for lawn care companies in Atlanta.

Kentucky Blue grass will need a steady supply of water. It is not drought tolerant. It will remain thick and lush if cared for properly. It should be mowed to a constant three inches, over mowing will cause dehydration. That will allow insect to take over the lawn.

Paspalum grass will grow where other grass won't. It does fine in any area that has low light, and extended heavy rain. It needs nitrogen fertilizer in the spring, then again in the fall.

Rye grass can tolerate low mowing, but not drought conditions. It will not do well in extreme hot or cold and tends to be pest prone.

St. Augustine grass is a fast growing grass that needs to be mowed on a regular schedule of every five or seven days. Avoid over fertilizing as that will cause too rapid growth that will encourage insect infestations. It is drought resistant, but will need occasional watering in times of extended periods of hot, dry weather.

Zoysia grass has been called the perfect solution for lawns. Planted in plugs it slow growing. Zoysia grass does not need a lot of attention. It will grow slowly filling in bare spots. It is not a cool weather grass, however. You will have less mowing, watering or fertilizing.

Finding the right grass for your soil and climate is the first step to having a consistently beautiful lawn. With a little luck and bit more work you can be enjoying your lawn for years to come.

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