Owning a new home can bring a lot of questions about how to care for it, getting use to your new neighborhood, and even how to best care for your yard. Many brand new homes are built without landscaping and some older homes may need a yard update. Do you know if your home would look better with a cool, transitional, or warm season grass? Check out these 6 different types of grass that will do well in the climate zone of your new home.
This highly popular grass is the go-to choice for many homeowners. Kentucky bluegrass provides a lush and dense lawn that is both durable and beautiful. It has a soft texture with fine blades with a rounded tip. Kentucky bluegrass will grow back year and after year and homeowners will see a lot of growth during fall and spring. The overall look of this cool season grass does require a lot of maintenance in order to look its best during these high growing periods. Homeowners will need to mow a Kentucky Bluegrass lawn to a height of about 3 inches year round. Consider this type of grass if you live in the Northern part of the United States that sees cold temperatures in the winter as Kentucky Bluegrass is hardy enough to withstand freezing weather.
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This type of grass is another cool season variety that is widely used for its tolerance for cold environments. Tall fescue is a great choice for lawns in the northern part of the country or in transitional zones that see both cold winter temperatures and hot summers. The qualities of this type of grass offer a great option for homeowners who have hot and drought-prone summers like the areas between the Midwest and Deep South. Tall fescue is also very shade tolerant and has a more coarse texture than other grass varieties. Keep the lawn mowing height at ¼-½ inch to give the blades enough room to provide an even and textured overall look.
Used in a wide range of different environments, perennial ryegrass is quick to germinate and establish. This fine bladed grass variety forms a lush lawn that stays green into winter. Perennial ryegrass is a great option for both permanent and temporary lawns due to its fast growth. This cool season grass is cold tolerant and certain varieties will also have heat and drought tolerant capabilities. It can handle light shading and should be mowed between 1 ½-2 ½ inches. Perennial ryegrass can be used in the northern parts of the country that see cold winter temperatures but isn’t as cold hardy as Kentucky bluegrass.
If you are looking for a lawn that doesn’t require a lot of mowing, buffalo grass is a great option for those homeowners living in drier climates that don’t see a lot of rainfall. It is being used more in states such as Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado. Buffalo grass doesn’t need a lot of watering, fertilization, or mowing. It is a sustainable lawn choice in that it requires less from the environment in order to grow well. There are buffalo grass varieties that offer folded grass blades that provide a fine texture. Mow this grass about once a month to a height of 1-2 inches for optimal performance.
This warm-season grass variety is a great option for those homeowners in transitional or southern climates. Zoysia will provide a very dense layer of grass that stands up to high traffic areas and walkways although it can be hard for it to grow back in worn areas. It can easily handle humid and drought-prone environments with low water requirements. It can take longer for zoysia grass to establish but once it is set you will have a thick blanket of grass for your lawn with very little weeds. As a warm season grass, zoysia will go dormant in the winter and turn brown until spring arrives again. Blades are a medium texture that fit closely together. Mow a zoysia lawn to a height of 1-2 inches for optimal use. Plant seeds in spring for the best chance at growing a thick and beautiful lawn.
As another warm-season grass, Bermuda grass is widely used in the Eastern transitional area and southern portions of the United States. It is tolerant of drought and humid weather as well as hot temperatures throughout the summer. The dense and fine texture of Bermuda grass is a good choice for high traffic areas in that it can handle heavy use and recover quickly. Bermuda grass is incredibly tough and is an easy choice for lawns that will be well used. Full sun and good drainage is required for this type of grass variety that also needs a high level of added nutrients. Bermuda grass should be mowed to a height of 1-2 inches and requires a lot of maintenance. If you are willing to put in the time and effort, Bermuda grass is a great option in providing a substantial and tolerant lawn.
There are multiple grass options no matter what part of the country your new home is located. Consider these types of grass varieties when choosing a new lawn for your home.