Finding the Right Grass for Your Lawn

Finding the Right Grass for Your Lawn

Unless the grass on your property is growing out of control or you have bald patches in the yard you probably don’t give it a second thought.  If you want a lush lawn that looks beautiful and boosts your curb appeal then the first thing you need to consider is the type of grass that will thrive in your part of the country.  There are quite literally hundreds of varieties of grasses but only a handful that are used for lawns and that thrive here in North America.  Here is a look at the different types of grass that grow across the United States.

Zoysia Grass

This type of grass actually originated in Japan and in the US you will find three different types of Zoysia grass; Zoysia japonica, Zoysia matrella, and Zoysia tenuifolia.  Primarily it is grown in the middle or the northern part of the country and it goes dormant during the winter months.  It doesn’t tolerate the cold  very well but it will come back every year and give you a full, lush lawn.

Bermuda Grass

Bermuda grass can be found all over the southern US while up north they consider Bermuda grass to be a weed.  If you have ever set foot on the golf course or a soccer field then you have been in the middle of Bermuda grass. You can cut Bermuda grass very short, as low as 1/8 of an inch or you can let it grow a bit longer and let it grow as long as 3 inches.  It is a highly durable easy to maintain grass.

Tall Fescue

This is an incredibly versatile and durable grass and it will grow pretty much anywhere.  You can find it all across the country and it can grow even in the hardest clay soils.  So if you have had problems with bald patches or poorly grown grass you might consider switching to this species.  It isn’t really the prettiest of grasses but it will grow everywhere. If you have ever driven down a highway across the US then you have seen Tall fescue.  Because it will grow anywhere it is perfect for medians along the highway to prevent erosion.  It tolerates drought conditions, heat and it resists bugs and fungus really well.

St Augustine Grass

Inevitably you will find St Augustine grass all over the state of Florida and other parts of the southern US.  All across the state you will find the grass on golf courses and even on regular residential lawns.  It is native to the region and doesn’t tolerate the cold at all.  While it looks beautiful in Florida it isn’t going to transplant well to the rest of the country.

Choosing the right grass isn’t easy, to most people grass is just grass.  Talk with your landscaping contractor to pick the right grass for your home and where you live.  Not all grass is created equal and what thrives in Florida won’t thrive in Seattle.  That being said the right grass can make your home look beautiful no matter what part of the country you are in.


No matter what you do about the outside of your home don’t forget to take care of the Crawl Space! It is so often forgotten and so important!