Grass is grass, right? Wrong!
There are a multitude of grass varieties – up to 12,000! In fact, there are more than 200 types of Kentucky bluegrass alone—the most popular grass for lawns in the U.S. To help you choose which grass is right for your lawn, please review this Master List of the different types of lawn grass (in alphabetical order).
Basically, there are only two grass types: cool season grasses and warm season grasses. Cool season grasses do best in regions with wet, cold and snowy winter and dry, hot summer. Warm season grasses thrive in regions with mild winters and hot summers (dry or humid.) You’ll see the different classifications as you review this Master List of lawn grasses.
Related: What Are Warm Season Grasses?
Master List of the Most Common Grasses in the United States
Bahia grass is a hard, all-purpose grass with a touch, coarse texture that can be difficult to mow. Its aggressive nature allows it to grow in even poor soil with little maintenance. It is known for its disease and insect resistance. Warm-season grass.
Bermuda grass can grow rampant if not kept under control, as it requires little maintenance other than sunlight. It is a resilient grass that grows quickly. Warm-season grass.
If your ground is acidic, with a pH range between 4.5 and 5.5, centipede grass will provide a hardy lawn. It requires a sunlit area and may need a low-nitrogen fertilizer each spring. Centipede grass does not hold up to heavy traffic and cannot tolerate fertilizer containing phosphorus. Warm-season grass.
Fescue grass is available in several types including find-leaf fescue and tall fescue. Fine-leaf fescue can withstand extreme cold and is drought and disease resistant. It cannot handle heavy traffic. Tall fescue is perennial and grows fastest in the fall and spring. It is also drought and disease resistant although it needs regular watering, but can tolerate traffic. It is good for those who use their lawn regularly. Cool-season grass.
The most popular grass for lawns, Kentucky Bluegrass, thrives in full sun, but requires well-drained soil. It must be watered frequently and regularly fertilized, but other than that, does not require much maintenance. It is a cold-hardy variety prized for its blue-green color. Cool-season grass.
Found in parks, athletic fields and golf courses as well as lawns, rye grass grows quickly and remains green with plenty of sun and consistent rain or watering. Can withstand traffic. Cool-season grass.
Wheat grass is a tough grass that can tolerate drought conditions and traffic well. It does not need frequent watering or fertilizer, and with several winter-hardy varieties, it is popular in regions with very cold winters. Cool-season grass.
One of the most tolerant grasses is the zoysia grass. It can grow well in partial sun, although it prefers sunlight, and cool or hot temperatures. A thick grass, it inhibits weed growth. Zoysia grass is a slow-growing grass, but once it takes hold, it is virtually indestructible, even with little care. Spring and fall feedings recommended. Warm-season grass.
Related: Identify Your Grass
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We hope this Master List of different types of lawn grass helps you either discover what kind of grass you already have on your lawn, or helps you to choose the right type of grass for your needs. We find that people often have questions about their lawn, and we are glad to answer them.
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