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What are the Different Types of Lawn Grass?

A lawn made up of several different types of lawn grass takes advantage of the various qualities of each type of grass. Choosing the types of grass that are best for your lawn can ensure that you have a beautiful, low-maintenance lawn year round.

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Warm Weather Grasses

Warm weather grasses are best suited for southern lawns but turn brown during the cooler months. They include varieties like Bermuda grass, Zoysia and centipede grass. Warm weather grasses are often overseeded with winter grasses.

Winter Grasses

Winter grasses tolerate colder temperatures and are often mixed in with warm weather grass to keep the lawn green year round. They include varieties like Kentucky bluegrass, perennial rye, and tall and fine fescue.

Drought Resistant Grasses

Drought resistant grasses are popular because they require less water during dry months. They include Bermuda grass, St. Augustine grass and Zoysia.

Low Maintenance Lawn Grasses

Some types of grass require less mowing and watering than others. These are popular grasses for golf greens and parks. They include varieties like tall fescue, centipede grass and Kentucky bluegrass.

Hardy Grasses

Some types of lawn grass are more tolerant of foot traffic and heavy wear than others. They are ideal for lawns that get a lot of use. These grasses include varieties like tall fescue and zoysia grass.

Warning About Zoysia

Zoysia grass is extremely invasive and difficult to remove. It spreads quickly and will overrun borders, flower gardens and your neighbour lawns. Think carefully before deciding to plant zoysia grass.

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About the Author

Deb Powers is an avid urban gardener who works with a community collective to promote sustainable urban agriculture and build partnerships between local business owners and community organizations. Powers serves as a social media and marketing consultant for local non-profits and businesses, and is collaborating with a coffee roaster to publish a cookbook highlighting coffee as a culinary ingredient.

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