If you are trying to choose and decide the best grass variety for your lawn, the first and foremost things to consider are your local environment and specific site conditions (sunny, shady etc.). Then secondly you must think of your lawn usage, for instance, pick a variety that best suits your family, pets and children. Now ask yourself will the chosen grass variety be able to tolerate the intended use of your yard? You must also take a few other factors into account such as availability of adequate sunlight in your lawn for the grass to thrive? Similarly, you will have to consider which turf variety is best suited to your garden according to the weather conditions of your locality.
Following is the overview of different varieties of grasses that you can choose from. If you are still confused after reading about them, call Atlanta Sod Farms and our experts will visit your locality to advise you about which grass type to choose for your lawn.
Grass for Active Sports Lawn:
If you and your family are sports enthusiasts and will be using your lawn for playing active sports most of the times, invest in tougher grass varieties like common Bermuda, Hybrid Bermuda or Zoysia. These grasses have a trailing growth and can endure heavy foot traffic. If you have a dog and it urinates often in your lawn, then also these types are best for you as they have high salt and urine tolerance as well as capability of filling up those bald spots caused by heavy foot traffic.
Do keep in mind that these grasses will not thrive well in shady areas and need lots of sunlight to grow well. They thrive in their growing seasons of spring, summer and fall but they go dormant during cool winter months.
Sun and Shade Grasses:
For areas getting lots of sunlight and acceptability to dormancy in winter, the best variety of grasses could be Bermuda, Hybrid Bermuda, Kikuyu and Zoysia. They are also salt tolerant and do not burn easily due to pet urine. These warm grasses are very tolerant of droughts and are deep rooted, so they are best for heavy traffic. On the downside however you will have to plan extra work to keep removing the thatch that grows and grooming your lawn every now and then due to the trailing quality of these grasses.
If your lawn has mostly sunny areas, then consider year-round green grasses like Fescue and Dwarf tall Fescues. These are cool season grasses and stay greener the year around too. However, in snowbound communities they grow immediately dormant. These grass varieties are tolerant for low to medium foot traffic.
For shady areas in your lawn, Bluegrass is a cool season variety and it has a higher shade tolerance as compared to other lawn varieties. Bluegrass grows easily from seed or sod and has a softer, finer blade. It fills bald spots very quickly and creates a very dense sod lawn. Another good variety to consider is St. Augustine as it grows well in both sunny and shady areas.