The Q&A Archives: What type of Grass is good for northern Virginia area

Question: We have had True Green and other lawn companies come and take care of our yard. It seems the grass every year seems to burn and we have a sprinkler system which we water every morning. Our grass still seems to burn is there some type of grass that is native or good for this location? Is there a recommend procedure in keeping the grass from burning. Thanks

Answer: There are several grass varieties recommending for your growing region:

Kentucky Blue grass; A medium-textured turfgrass, it is best suited to welldrained soils and moderate to high levels of sunlight and management. It is established from seed or sod.

Mixtures or blends of three or four Kentucky bluegrass varieties are recommended in Virginia since they are more likely to provide good quality turf over a wide range of management situations.

Tall Fescue; A moderately coarse-textured turfgrass, it is tolerant of a wide range of soil types and climatic extremes. Best suited to areas where low to moderate management levels are provided. It is established from seed or sod.

Perennial ryegrass; Perennial ryegrass is a cool-season grass and performs best at higher elevations (> 1000 feet). The most common use for perennial ryegrasses is in a mixture with Kentucky bluegrass where the perennial ryegrass component is less than 15 percent by weight. A pure perennial ryegrass lawn is not recommended because it is a cool season grass and dies out when the temperatures rise. For a green lawn all year around, plant Kentucky Bluegrass and overseed with perennial rye.

Your lawn may be burning out because it is a cool season grass, or because you water so frequently. To be the most drought tolerant, grass roots need to penetrate deeply. You can accomplish this by watering deeply but infrequently. Once or twice a week, not daily, is the goal, applying enough water in a single watering session to soak the soil 5-6" deep.

Best wishes with your lawn!

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