Planting a new lawn from scratch is not always easy. You have a lot of different types of lawn grass to choose from. Just to complicate things, lawn grass also comes in various blends, mixtures and varieties. If you are going to plant a new lawn, it is well worth finding a grass type that is suitable for your location. In this short lawn grass overview we will explain the basics.
As long as you do the right preparations, your chances of getting a good-looking lawn are good. And by selecting the best grass type, your lawn may not need much ongoing maintenance. Unfortunately, you still have to mow your lawn regularly.
Checking the quality of your soil before you plant your new lawn can be prudent. If the quality of the soil is poor, you can add sex to eight inches of fertile soil. Few grass roots go deeper than sex inches.
Most grass types can be grown from seeds, a few warm season grass types are generally sold only as sods or plugs. Using seeds is cheaper than sods but it takes longer time and requires more work. Regardless if you grow your lawn from seeds or sods you need to select a grass type that suits your local condition. This is unlikely to be a problem if you go a garden center in your neighborhood. They should only sell grass types that are suitable for your location. If you use mail-order, you need check that you buy the right grass type.
Lawn grass is divided into two groups, cool season grass and warm season grass. As the names imply, cool season grass is meant for cool climates while warm season grass is meant for mild climates.
Cool season grasses grow most in the spring and fall. In summer it generally gets too hot for them and they slow down. If it gets too hot they go dormant. Cool season grasses survive freezing temperatures in winter, they are dormant.
Cool season grass from seeds should be sowed in early fall. This gives the grass the chance to settle in before the summer heat arrives. It is possible to sow cool season grass in the spring as well, but the grass will not have as much time to settle in before the heat arrives.
Warm season grasses don’t not survive cold winters but hot summers are generally not a problem. Warm season grasses should be planted in the late spring. They like it hot but need to get started before the heat sets in.
Just to complicate things, grass seeds are available in different mixes. Check the label for the words blends, mixtures and straights. Straights contain only one single variety of grass. Blend means that bag contains several varieties of the same grass type. Mixtures contain different types of grass, sometimes one good grass type is mixed together with inferior types.