If you don’t have much experience with lawn care, you might think all your lawn needs is for you to turn the sprinklers on once in a while and pull out your mower on the weekends. However, not every type of lawn requires the same kind of maintenance. Here are some tips to help you care for the type of grass that’s growing on your lawn.
Warm-season grasses generally turn brown and go dormant in the colder months. When it’s hot outside, though, they green up, and your yard starts to have color again. Originating in the tropics, warm-season grass is accustomed to warm and hot weather. According to Scotts, grasses such as Bermuda, St. Augustine, centipede and Bahia fall into the category of grasses that grow best between 75 and 90 degrees F. They generally grow in the southeast portion of the US. A sunny yard is preferable as is aerating and setting your lawnmower on low. It’s important to wait until the weather warms up a bit before mowing this type of grass because cutting when the weather is still cold will damage the protective blades of grass.
Cool-season grasses are somewhat flexible as far as the temperature in which they can survive, but according to Missouri Botanical Garden, they prefer to live in locales where the temperature runs around 60 to 70 degrees F. Cool-season grasses are usually grown from seed, and Kentucky Bluegrass is a favorite. The zones where cool-season grasses thrive are from the middle of the US (the Transition Zone) to the northern states. These grasses include the fescue family of creeping red, chewings, sheep, hard and tall. They are often mixed, forming new turf. The cool-season grasses are often chosen for heavy foot traffic and shady areas. Perennial ryegrass has fine leaves and grows quickly. If you have a section of your yard with holes in it, this is the type of grass to help fill those in.
According to Brock Turf, artificial grass is gaining popularity for many different applications because of its low maintenance demands. It works well in all different temperatures. It’s not just for miniature golf courses — it brings the look of a perfectly-manicured lawn to people without the time or inclination to take care of real grass. Artificial grass can look extremely real, and it comes in different styles to suit different tastes and needs. It’s relatively easy to clean by brushing, sweeping, or giving it a good hosing off. If pets are around, the sooner you clean up accidents, the longer your grass will last.
Choosing the type of grass that grows best in your zone will help to ensure that your lawn is lush and green. Determining whether you need cool-season, warm-season or artificial grass is the first step in creating a home landscape that will stun everyone who drives by!
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