How to Choose a Lawn Grass

Knowing how to choose a lawn grass can be confusing if you are a first-time homeowner or have never had to make the selection yourself. You can, though, determine what is affordable, what is right for the climate in your area, and what will make your yard appear well-developed and maintained by following a few simple steps.


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    Determine the type of area in which you live. Your selection choice will fall under the warm season grasses or cool season grasses, or you may fall in the transition area in between. Determining what grasses are appropriate for your area will help you ascertain which kind will survive based on the climate conditions in your area.
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    Create a budget for your lawn grass purchase.
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    Narrow down your choice of grass. Determine if you are interested in bunching or creeping grass. Grass will either grow out by way of tillering or creeping.
    • Grass that grows by tillering will extend out from one central root.
    • A grass that sends out a horizontal root is considered a creeping grass.
    • Warm season grasses are generally of the creeping variety, while cool season grasses often have both creeping and tillering grass varieties. The mixture of both can improve the overall appearance of a yard.
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    Select the type of grass blade that best suits your interest. Coarse grass has both a wide and rough blade, and fine-textured grass has a narrow blade.
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    Choose between a perennial or annual grass. Perennial grasses live from year to year, but may enter a dormancy period during the winter or under other stressful conditions. An annual ryegrass is one example of an annual grass that is put into mixtures. An annual grass will only last 1 year.
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    Consider what you plan to use your grass for before making a purchasing decision. Is it for a home lawn, is it a pasture for animals to graze in, are you seeding a golf course, or are you seeding a lawn field? Each different kind of grassy area would require a different seed type.
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    Look at the area you're seeding to see how much sunlight your lawn receives. If your yard does not receive at least 4 hours of direct sun per day, you may have to go with a grass type like a fescue, which does well in cooler climates.
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    Weigh how much maintenance your lawn will require before you invest in a grass type. Also take into consideration how much traffic your yard receives.


  • Consider if you are wanting a "greener" seed, meaning you want to invest in an organic yard. You can do this by purchasing seeds that are native to your area or by purchasing seed that has been USDA-certified as organic. Organic mixes typically will run 30 percent more in cost.
  • Take into consideration the average rainfall in your area. Some types of grass can handle drought conditions better than others.

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