For many homeowners, a beautiful, lush lawn is a point of pride. Yet, keeping a lawn looking good throughout takes work. This is why it’s important to pick the right grass for the climate and to weigh the pros and cons of seeding or laying down sod. Of course, some lawn owners decide to forgo all of that and just install artificial turf. Here is some information about each to help you decide which is best for you.
Warm Season Grass
According to The Lawn Institute, warm-season grasses are at their best during the summer and thrive in warmer climates such as those found in the south and southwest regions of the United States. Warm-season grasses include Bermudagrass, which is a medium or dark green grass with a fine blade. It has a high tolerance for both heat and drought and moderate to low cold tolerance. It needs a moderate amount of fertilizer and has a high tolerance for traffic. St. Augustine grass is a warm-season grass with a coarse blue-green or medium green blade. Though it doesn’t tolerate drought as well as Bermudagrass, it has a high tolerance for heat. It can be grown in part shade and needs moderate fertilizing. However, it doesn’t stand up to traffic as well as Bermuda grass.
Cool Season Grass
In contrast to warm-season grasses, cool-season grasses can bear up under fluctuations in temperate and brutal, cold weather. According to Pennsylvania State University, one of these grasses is Kentucky bluegrass, a medium, green grass with a fine to medium blade that produces a dense sod. Kentucky Bluegrass has moderate heat and drought tolerance. It does best in full sun, can stand some light shade, and has a moderate to high tolerance for traffic. Fine leaf fescue is appreciated for its very fine, medium- to deep-green blade and a high tolerance for drought and cold. Though it doesn’t like too much traffic, its need for fertilizer is low. Fine leaf fescue can flourish in full sun to part shade.
Seeds v. Sod
According to Garden Weasel, it’s less expensive to grow a lawn from seed, but if the area is large, that may mean more work. Not only that, the lawn-to-be will have to be protected from traffic and watered regularly until the seeds sprout. Sod is grass that comes in rolls that can be installed, almost like a carpet, on the lawn. Though it’s more expensive than seed and needs gentle handling until it is established, it basically creates an instant lawn.
For lawn owners who don’t want to bother with watering, fertilizing, weeding, aerating, and all the other tasks that go into having a beautiful lawn, synthetic turf is a valid option as well. According to Brock Turf, synthetic turf is gaining popularity for a wide range of applications.
A gorgeous lawn is still the most popular choice for an American homeowner with a yard. Nothing beats grass, whether natural or artificial, for its softness underfoot, its soothing green color and its durability year after year. With the right grass, it will be easy to make your yard a beautiful retreat for you and your guests.