I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. We are transitioning to a new Q&A system and your question was unfortunately lost in the transition. I have discovered it now and hope this reply is not too late to be of help.
I am not sure what your childhood turf species was as it depends on where you grew up and even then there are several possibilities. In the south, St. Augustine is pretty common. You may also have grown up with Centipede or perhaps some type of turf type Tall Fescue. Here is a website that shows photos of some of these species:
In order to provide you with more information than we can fit in this brief answer, let me refer you to the following web site, which should be very informative and useful to you. It will give you much more information than I can fit in this brief reply.
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