How To Identify Your Lawn Grass

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Knowing how to identify your lawn grass is an essential step in meeting its need and growing an attractive, sustainable lawn. Knowing what grass you have is easy when starting a new lawn from scratch. But sometimes, your yard comes with your home and guessing the grass you have can be somewhat challenging. There are a couple of steps that you can take to help identify your lawn grass.

1st-Knowing your grass growing region.

Your location provides the very first clue to identifying your grass type. Lawn grasses have climate limits, just like flowers and landscape shrubs. Your grass must suit your grass-growing region to survive winters and summers year after year. The most common perennial lawn grasses grown in the northern half of the United States are cool-season grasses. They are named cool-season grasses because their peak growth happens during the cool seasons of fall and spring. Common lawn grasses in the country’s southern half are called warm-season grasses, the warm-season grasses reach their peak during the hot summer months. If your lawn grass survives from year to year, the identification starts with a cool or warm season. The transition zone includes both warm-season and cool-season grasses.

2nd-Identify common cool-season lawn grasses and warm-season lawn grasses and their features.

Cool-season grasses:

  • Kentucky bluegrass
  • perennial ryegrass
  • traditonal tall fescue
  • turf-type tall fescue

Warm-season grasses:

  • bahiagrass
  • bermuda
  • centipede
  • zoysia

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