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Turfgrass is a broad umbrella term that covers a broad spectrum of grass species with narrow leaves used as a low-growing perennial ground cover on lawns, sports fields, and golf courses. They can generally stand up to high traffic well and tolerate lower mowing heights than other grasses.
If you have a lawn, then it’s likely that you have one or more varieties of turfgrass growing in your yard. Every type of turfgrass has unique qualities and will thrive in different growing conditions. Some prefer full sun and warm temperatures, while others tolerate some shade and grow best in the cooler temperatures of spring and autumn.
While there has been push-back in recent years bemoaning the ecological cost of turfgrass lawns, many homeowners love the grass in their yard, and why not?
Turfgrass feels good underfoot, it’s a great blank canvas to decorate with ornamental trees and perennial garden beds, and having a level yard available for your kids and pets to run and play in is the primary draw of homeownership for many families.
On this page I share a number of different articles and resources to help you learn more about your lawn turfgrass options. I hope you find these resources interesting and useful – whether you’re choosing the best grass for a new lawn, or want to learn how to care for and maintain your existing turfgrass lawn.
In this section you can explore my in-depth guides to different types of turfgrass, includin their properties and characteristics, notable cultivars, disease and pest resistance, durability, color, and much more.
Every grass needs different things to thrive, and understanding your property’s conditions will help you select a solid turfgrass for your lawn.
When choosing a turfgrass for your property, start with the basics and look at the grass zone map pictured here.
Are you located in the cool-season grass zone, the warm-season grass zone, or the transitional zone which runs between the two?
Beyond these factors, here are some relevant articles which may help you choose the perfect grass for your yard’s conditions:
I’m a big fan of turfgrass which spreads laterally by rhizomes and/or stolons.
This type of turf will repair itself and fill in bare patches when your lawn is damaged, saving you time and money.
Turfgrass which fills in naturally is especially helpful if you have kids, pets, or a high traffic lawn or athletic field where you don’t want to constantly be working to repair damage.
Here are some articles about turfgrass that spreads laterally:
If you’re looking for some interesting reading about lawns and grass usage, these articles are a few that I think you might like:
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