How to Choose a Lawn Type for Your Climate

A lush green lawn is fabulous - even greater if you don't have to constantly water it. The key, however, to a great lawn is to know what grows well in your area. Do your research and choose a lawn type for your climate based on proved science and your neighbors' success before you plant a single seed.


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    Take into consideration the weather in your area. The right lawn for you must thrive in your normal weather.
    • You need to think about how cold winters are and how hot summer becomes.
    • Generally, grasses come in cool weather and warm weather varieties.
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    Talk with a lawn care specialist, preferably one who lives in your area. Come to this meeting equipped with information specific to your yard.
    • How is your soil and are you maintaining its nutrients? Normal feeding is one thing, but, if you need to be at it constantly, you will eventually get tired of the upkeep.
    • What about moisture? If you experience a lot of rain or droughts, take this into consideration. The grass will need to be hardy.
    • Do you have a lot of traffic on your grass? Even the 4-legged kind, makes a difference in how successfully some grass grows. The lawn specialist can tell you which grass will be best for this setting.
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    Evaluate how each type of grass will succeed (according to professional opinion) when planted in your yard. That type of analysis will show you what grass seed you need to buy.
    • Fescue and bluegrass are hardy in low winter temperature areas.
    • Bermuda and St. Augustine are less hardy in winter temperatures, but do great in warmer climates.
    • Rye grass will maintain a lush green color throughout winter, although it does not do as well in summer.
    • Buffalo grass is a good idea if you live in an area that discourages watering, as it needs very little.
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    Consider a few other factors that will greatly aid in your decision.
    • Sunlight and shade play important roles in your lawn decisions. They go hand-in-hand with the effects of your climate, but the number of trees and open areas on your lawn are specific to your yard.
    • Take regular watering schedules into consideration. Do not choose a grass with high water requirements if you will need to provide that water yourself as opposed to regular rainfall.


  • Don't forget the importance of appropriate fertilization. The right fertilizer will help to prevent naturally occurring weeds and add to the effectiveness of your chosen lawn seed.


  • Never assume that you can buy the seed you want because it has a great feel and color and make it do. As we have discussed, there are too many variables to make this venture successful.

Things You'll Need

  • Grass seed
  • Fertilizer

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