Different Grass Types

We frequently talk to people who don’t know what kind of grass they have in their lawn, or where to plant what type, so we hope to shed a little light on the different types of grasses we see in our service area (AR, OK, TN, AL, and northern MS), as well as outline some of the pros and cons of each type.  Grasses are either warm-season grasses or cool-season grasses.  Surprisingly, very few of the grasses grown in the United States are native to our country.  Most were brought over from other countries and then adapted through new varieties and cultivars.

Warm Season Grasses (full sun)

Bermuda (by far the most common in our service areas)
Centipede                                      
St. Augustine
Zoysia

Cool Season Grasses (shade)

Bluegrass
Fescue (by far the most common in our service areas)
Rye

Note:  The above cool season grasses may be grown in full sun, farther north.  Our service areas are in zones 6b – 7b, which are mostly transitional zones for grasses.  A transitional zone is where it’s not really warm enough for warm season grasses, and not really cool enough for cool season grasses.  Growing a nice lawn turf in these areas can be a bit of a challenge, but we’re used to it! If you are in a different state, you can look up your zone on the USDA plant hardiness map or just plug in your zip code on the National Gardening Association’s website.

 
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