Types of Grass

Gardening grass can take a long step in giving a beautiful look to your lawn. Let us let take a look at the best grass types. Even though bamboo and sugarcane are actually types of grass, we would not talk about all of them, just the best ones for our gardens.

Tall fescue – Tall fescue had been mostly used as pastures for the most of its history, generally from the early 1800s to late 1900s. A variety, known as the Kentucky 31, however, made progress among them. The grass is fine bladed and has a deep green color and grows by the formation of rhizomes. The grass needs exposure to sunlight for proper growth. It has a good drought tolerance and a fast growth. It cannot tolerate much traffic on it and has year long growing season. Kentucky Bluegrass should be added for better filling in.

Dwarf tall fescue – Dwarf tall fescues were produced by breeding methods on the tall fescue variety. They have a finer texture and less vertical growth. This variety looks more like Kentucky bluegrass with higher tiller densities. This variety also has a dark green color with a moderate growth rate. The tolerance towards draught is quite good and grows the year round. It needs proper sunlight for good growth and poor tolerance towards heavy traffic. The grass needs a short mowing height.

Double-dwarf fescue – Double dwarf fescue refers to Bonsai Dwarf Fescue. It has a durable growth with deep green color and fine texture. The growth is extremely dwarfed and doesn’t need to mowed as regularly as other grasses. Clippings required are few and can be left on the lawn as compost. It needs sunlight, but can also tolerate light shade. It has slow growth as already mentioned, but grows all the year round. It has good tolerance towards drought, but poor tolerance towards heavy trampling. It is not recommended if there are large pets.

Hybrid Bermuda – The Hybrid Bermuda grasses are very popular for their quality, with dense and lush green texture. There are various of Hybrid Bermuda grass, like Sunturf, Tifgreen, Tifdwarf, Pee Dee, Santa Ana and others. Each of them is produced by crossing different species of grass and thus have various colors and degrees of texture. The grass grows in the warm season and grows fast. It has excellent tolerance to trampling under heavy traffic and good tolerance to drought. The grass needs proper exposure to the sun and not suitable for shaded areas.

St. Augustine – The St. Augustine grass grows to have a lush green color and is popular in the tropical and subtropical regions. The grass has a moderate rate of growth. It can also tolerate shades for its growth. The drought tolerance of the St. Augustine grass is quite good. The grass grows in the warm season and has a moderate tolerance to heavy traffic. However, you would need to keep in mind that the grass is very sensitive to the chemical weed control methods.

Kentucky Bluegrass – Poa pratensis is commonly known as Kentucky bluegrass. The grass is very fine and can be walked on bare foot. Most people try to get this variety on their lawn. The grass is beautiful and lush and it is not actually blue, but green in color. It needs regular mowing and should be kept to a height of about two inches to give the carpet like feel. But, the grass is called so because if the grass is allowed to grow to the natural height of two to three feet, small blue flowers can be seen at the top of the stems. The grass is poorly resistant to drought but has good tolerance to trampling. It has a moderate growth rate and grows in the cool season. The grass prefers exposure to the sun as well as a little shade, but direct exposure should be avoided.

These are some of the best varieties of garden grass types and can be used for your lawns.