The grass doesn’t have to always be greener on the other side of the street, learning what types of grass work best in your lawn can help you keep your yard the envy of the neighborhood. Many homeowners rarely stop to consider that there is more to their lawn than meets the eye. There are around a dozen different types of turf grasess that are commonly used for groundcover in lawns and yards, each with its own set of needs.
Identifying The Differences
When you begin to take note of the various types of grasses that you see every day, the differences becomes apparent. For example, the type of grass used on a golf course is very different in appearance than what you may find in a residential setting. Color, texture, blade shape and size are all specific to the specific to each type of grass, which provide the various looks that you see in landscapes.
One of the more popular turf grasses used in residential and commercial landscaping is Bermuda grass. Bermuda grass works well in these scenarios as it can tolerate a very low mowing height which makes maintenance much easier. This grass spreads both above ground and below ground, which enables it to create a dense and thick turf that is hardy. It’s color is typically deep green, and its blades are sharp and pointed, giving it a well manicured effect when properly maintained.
Centipede grass spreads along the top of the ground in a horizontal fashion to form a dense turf. Because of the manner in which it grows, it requires less frequent mowing and makes edging easy around landscaping beds and structures. This grass flourishes in warm and humid areas, however it does not tolerate high dry heat without adequate watering. The blades of Centipede grass are light green in color and pointed with a notch in the end.
You can easily spot Ryegrass due to its shine. This grass is a type of bunchgrass, which germinates quickly and is often found in mixtures with Kentucky bluegrass. Ryegrass is a popular lawn and landscape choice as it boasts a rich green color and is soft to the touch.
Caring For Your Turfgrasses
Regardless of the type of grass you have in your lawn, proper care and maintenance is required to keep it healthy and thriving. Various water needs, fertilizer types, bug and disease care and mowing requirements can be different for the different grasses. Once you understand what type of grass, or grasses you have, you can better determine proper care.
If you would like professional consultation for your landscape and lawn, contact Lawn Capital for experienced advice that will have your lawn the envy of the neighborhood.