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How to choose a lawn grass
Here are the steps to choose which lawn grass to plant.

Select cool-season grasses, such as bluegrass, tall fescue, or perennial ryegrass if you live cold winter, mild summer climates. Cool-season grasses are hardy and grow vigorously in cool months of spring and fall.

Select warm-season grasses, such as Bermuda grass, St. Augustine grass, or zoysia grass, if you live in hot summer, mild winter areas. Warm-season are less hardy, grow vigorously during the hot months of summer, and turn brown in winter.

Choose locally adapted, pest resistant varieties, blends of varieties, or mixtures of grass types. Your local nurseryman can help you choose. Or visit my favorite lawn links.

Select cool-season fescues, or warm-season St. Augustine grass or Zoysia grass for shady spots.

Choose less thirsty bermuda grass, buffalo grass or tall fescue in dry summer areas.


Most warm season grasses are stiff and wirey, requiring a reel lawn mower to keep them looking their best.

Overseed warm season grasses in fall with cool season grasses to keep the lawn green in winter.

Zoysia grass and Buffalo grass are the hardiest warm season grasses.
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