The Q&A Archives: what grass should I plant

Question: I'm not sure what type of grass I should plant. I live in climate that is hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Please let me know what you recommend.

Answer: In your region, you have two choices and you may want to plant a grass seed mixture that includes both of these grasses. That way you will have the best of both worlds.

Kentucky bluegrasses do well in sunny areas. They are the most commonly planted lawn grasses and have many favorable characteristics. But they also require more water and fertilizer than other grasses. There are drought tolerant varieties such as Touchdown, Banff, Baron and Adelphi but these are less drought tolerant than the fescue described below. Bluegrass is slow to germinate but long-lived and it withstands heavy use and heat. If drought stressed it will lose its characteristic blue green color but will recover when adequate water is supplied. It is susceptible to Necrotic Ring Spot Disease and, if shaded and damp, powdery mildew. These egative traits are overcome when the seed is mixed with other kinds of grass, which is how most grass seed is sold.

Turftype tall fescue - Turftype fescues have been selected from the coarser tall fescues that are used for forage. The newer cultivars developed for lawns are called ?turf-type? tall fescues and are smaller, denser and darker green. They have narrower leaf blades than the standard tall fescue. They are drought resistant, wear resistant, shade tolerant and resistant to Necrotic Ring Spot. They require less water and fertilizer than all other grasses. There are dozens of cultivars of turf
type tall fescues now available.

Good luck with your new lawn!

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