grass - Knowledgebase Question

silver spring, Ma
Question by birdnestbird
September 2, 2009
Please recommend the best grass for our area, silver spring, MD., 20902? thanks you, connie

Answer from NGA
September 2, 2009


Growing a healthy lawn in Maryland can be challenging. Maryland is located in a transition zone, where both cool season and warm season turfgrass can be grown, but our climate is not favorable for the growth of either group of grass over the entire year. To establish and maintain an attractive healthy lawn, site preparation,
the choice of the proper type of grass, and correct management practices are essential.

In western Maryland, or the mountain region, cool season grasses are better adapted. The coastal plain, southern Maryland and the eastern shore, as well as the piedmont region, central and northern Maryland, have warmer winters and both cool season and warm season grass can be grown. All of this can be quite confusing so I'd simply plant turf-type tall fescue. It grows throughout Maryland and is the type you're more likely to see in your neighborhood.

Turf-Type Tall Fescue is primarily a bunching-type turfgrass that sometimes forms short rhizomes. It is highly recommended for Maryland because it readily adapts to a
wide range of soil and sunlight conditions. Compared to the other turfgrass species, tall fescue is the most drought tolerant and least prone to disease and insect problems. The only major disease problem is brown patch. Tall fescue is considered a quality turfgrass for home lawns. It performs best on open, sunny sites in well-drained soil, but can tolerate a fair amount of shade. Seed germinates in 7 to 14 days.

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