Drought resistant grass? - Knowledgebase Question

Holly Springs, NC (Zone 7B)
Question by pkut
June 19, 2008
What is a good drought resistant grass the plant in my area (zip code 27540)? The drought in NC has wiped my lawn out.


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Answer from NGA
June 19, 2008

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You're not alone! Many homeowners watched their lawns fry during the drought. Reseeding (recommended in the spring or fall months) will help the lawn come alive again. North Carolina is considered part of the transition zone for growing turfgrasses. Both warm-season and cool-season grasses can be grown, but specific conditions may favor one grass over another.

Tall fescue, which is the predominate turf found in North Carolina, is a cool-season grass. Warm-season grasses such as bermudagrass, zoysiagrass and centipede, are more tolerant of hot, dry summers than tall fescue. Warm-season grasses go dormant and turn brown over the winter, then green up in the spring. You might consider using both warm and cool season grasses so you have a green lawn throughout the year. Try bermuda with a fall overseeding of rye. Or, if it's just a green summer lawn you want, plant zoysia grass (it will brown out in the cool months).

Best wishes with your lawn!

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