Posted on May 14, 2012 in Find things, Home & Living, Science & nature
I’m a newbie at this lawn care stuff and I don’t even know where to begin. Can you help?
Got some bare spots — or is your whole “lawn” a bare spot? First time maintaining your own lawn? Just fired your gardener for stealing your beer? Well, whatever the reason you’re looking to find the right grass seed solution for your lawn, read on — we’ve got some answers.
Climate: The first thing you need to determine is your climate zone. This will determine whether (or when) you use cool season or warm season grass. Check out this handy map from Scotts Miracle-Gro to figure out which grass you should select based on your location:
In the Transition Zone? You can pretty much pick from either the warm or the cool grasses.
Use: The next thing you need to consider is how you intend to use the lawn. Some types of grass are very pretty to look at… but don’t stand up to heavy traffic, kids at play or the dog. Others may not be the aesthetically perfect lush green carpet, but will tolerate the abuse of day in day out traffic.
Maintenance: How much work do you want to put into your lawn? Some grasses require frequent mowing, lots of water and fertilizer, and regular general upkeep. Some you can just look at sideways, and they’ll shoot up six inches. In general, lower maintenance grasses don’t have that “lush” look, but still are perfectly serviceable lawns.
There are two basic types of grass used for lawns — cool season grass and warm season grass. Let’s take a look at the most common varieties of each.
Obviously, there are many more varieties of grass available. For a more complete listing and descriptions, see this list at american-lawns.com
A typical northern and transition zone lawn will have a mix of cool season grass types, allowing the lawn to adapt to varying conditions. Most warm season grasses will go dormant in winter. If you’d like a green lawn year ’round, consider overseeding with a ryegrass in the fall. Also, do keep in mind that warm season grass types don’t play nice with each other, as they end up competing for resources.
But choosing a type of grass isn’t all you need to consider — be wise about the brand you choose. Consumer Reports’ ShopSmart magazine suggests that you don’t cheap out on the seed you buy. “Inexpensive blends may contain a large percentage of weeds and annual grass seeds, which will die after one season. Spend more for the good stuff.”
For lots more lawn information, check out the Grasses and ground covers resources at University of Missouri Extension, and The UC (Davis) Guide to Healthy Lawns.
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