Grass

CHOOSING THE RIGHT GRASS FOR YOUR LAWN

Success with your lawn depends on many things. Not the least among them is growing the proper type of grass for your area. In general, northern areas grow cool season grasses and southern areas grow warm season varieties.

Please Note - Additional factors such as altitude, the amount of sun or shade, the amount of foot traffic and the availability of water may affect the success of a turfgrass variety.

MAIN GRASS TYPES

Creeping grasses like bluegrass, Bermuda and most warm-season grasses spread by above- or below-ground runners. Creeping varieties are more prone to thatch.

Bunch grasses such as fescue and ryegrass spread from the crown of the plant. Mowing high protects the crown and ensures the survival of the grass.

COOL-SEASON GRASSES

Grass Type

Mowing Height

Traffic Tolerance

Soil Type

Sun

Bentgrass

1/2-1"

light

tolerates acidic

full

Bluegrass

2-2 1/2"

light

pH 6.5-7 neutral

full

Perennial Ryegrass

2-3"

high

most types

full

Fine Fescue

2-3"

light

most types

full/shade

Tall Fescue

2-3"

high

most types

full/partial

WARM-SEASON GRASSES

Grass

Mowing Height

Traffic Tolerance

Soil Type

Sun

Bahia

2-2 1/2"

moderate

many types

full/moderate

Bermuda

1 1/2-2"

high

light textured

full

Centipede

1 1/2-2"

light

tolerates acidic

full/partial

St. Augustine

2-3"

high

prefers sandy

full/partial

HEIGHT AND MOWING TIPS

Contrary to conventional wisdom, its best to mow less frequently for organic lawns. We recommend that you mow every other week at most to ensure that the grass is strong and healthy. Taller grass generally has deeper roots which allow them to be more drought and diease ristiant. THis also has the added benefit of shading out certain types of weeds and insects.

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