Choosing the best type of grass for your lawn determines how you will take care of it for the rest of the year. The number one factor in deciding what kind of grass to use is the location of your home. When you choose the right grass for your area, no extra effort is needed to make it grow the whole year-round.
Lawn grasses are grouped into two categories – the warm-season grasses and the cool-season grasses. Home locations, on the other hand, are classified into three zones; North, South, and Transition Zones.
Warm-season grasses are typically planted in the Southern Zone, where there are hot summers and moderate winters. These types of grasses grow from April to October and can stand drought and heat. But during the winter months, when the weather is cold, these grasses may lay dormant and turn brown to turn green again during the warmer months.
Grasses that belong to this group are Bahia grass, Bermuda grass, Buffalo grass, Centipede grass, St. Augustine, and Zoysia. Many varieties of warm-season grasses are planted as sprigs or sods, not as seeds. St. Augustine grass, Buffalo grass, and Centipede grass require medium to low maintenance to create a luscious lawn.
Cool-season grasses grow most actively during the spring and fall season. These kinds of grasses can tolerate extreme temperatures such as below freezing point and severe hot weather during the summer. Cool-season grasses mostly thrive in the Northern Zone when temperatures are at 60 to 75 degrees. Grasses may turn brown when the weather is hottest.
Annual and perennial Ryegrass, Bentgrass, Fine Fescue, Tall Fescue, and Kentucky Bluegrass are the types of cool-season grass that you can use in the Northern Zone where West Michigan belongs. Kentucky Bluegrass is the kind that is most commonly used in the Northern Zone landscapes. It also grows best in the Transition Zone.
Transition Zone is the area between the North and South Zones. Planting any grass in this zone is quite challenging because of the hot summers and cold winters. Warm-season grasses suffer in the winter while cool-season grasses get damaged by the summer heat. One type of grass which can tolerate both heat and cold is the Tall fescue grass, which remains green most of the year. Some landscape designers recommend seeding the lawn with a mix of cool-season and warm-season grasses for an all-year-round growth.
Planting the appropriate grasses in their specific zones may still have different results depending on the quality of lawn care. If you want your lawn to look its best, let the experts handle it. Check out Lawn care Michigan, Lawn care Muskegon, Lawn care Grand Haven, and Lawn care Whitehall for your professional landscaping needs in the West Michigan area.
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