Best type of grass? - Knowledgebase Question

Florissant, Mi
Question by lmcrosby61
August 15, 2010
Hi one more question, what is the best type of grass for my region? I have quite a bit of traffic in one or more areas too, so I have been thinking about tall fescue? I read somewhere that it can be very tolerable for high traffic and drought seasons. Is this true? if not, what is your suggestion? and is the best time to plant in the midwest for reseeding is in the fall or spring? thank you! Smiling


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Answer from NGA
August 15, 2010

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Kentucky Bluegrass is most often recommended for lawns in your region so I'm guessing that's what you have now. Tall fescue is a very drought-tolerant, deep-rooted grass whose use in Michigan is slowly increasing. Establishing an entire lawn of tall fescue should give good results, but homeowners should use caution when reseeding small areas in a Kentucky bluegrass lawn. It?s wise to try a small area first because one of the biggest differences between tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass is the leaf blade width or texture. Most of the new improved tall fescues have narrow leaf blades that are not much different from those of Kentucky bluegrass, but others may not blend with the existing bluegrass at all so you may want to reseed just a small area at first to make sure you like the look of the new grass. You can overseed in the fall (September), or you can wait and overseed in the spring. Either way, your new grass will establish quickly.

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