To most people, choosing the best grass types for planting probably sounds like a simple task… grass is grass! However, there are several different factors that play into which grass types will succeed in your yard based on your location, and experts often recommend combining two different varieties of grass to ensure that your lawn will thrive. Keep reading to learn what kind of grass is most likely to succeed in your area, or save your time and have an expert at LawnGuru do the work for you!

Best Grass Types to Plant Based On Your Region

If you live in the north…

The climate in the northern half of the country goes through many more dramatic changes every year than the southern portion of the country. This means that the grass you choose has to be able to adjust to temperature changes and have growth periods that flourish during the warmer seasons like fall and spring.  Grasses that perform well in these conditions are called “cool-season” grasses, and they are equipped for rapid growth during warmer periods of the year and hibernation during cooler seasons.

Cool-season grass types include:

  • Bentgrass
  • Bluegrass
  • Perennial Ryegrass
  • Fine Fescue
  • Tall Fescue

If you live in the south…

Grass that is fit for southern climates has very different features from cool-season grasses. First, it doesn’t have to adjust to constantly changing weather extremes like grass in the north. Instead, warm-season grass needs to thrive in warmer weather and go dormant if the temperature dips lower than usual. The different varieties of warm-season grass tend to be more specific based on the southern region you live in.  For instance, depending on your proximity to the ocean, you might want to invest in a grass like Bermuda Grass which requires an abundance of water and thrives near large bodies of water.  However, if you’re in a southern part of the country that does have periods of cold weather, Zoysia grass is likely your best bet out of all the warm-season grasses.

Warm-season grass types include:

  • Bahia
  • Bermuda
  • Centipede
  • St. Augustine
  • Zoysia

If you live somewhere in between…

If you’re feeling conflicted because you don’t quite live in the northern or southern regions of the country, don’t worry—there’s an option for your climate, too! However, for those of you who live in the “transition zone” of the U.S., things are a bit more complicated when it comes to choosing which grass type will work best for you.  While cool-weather grasses like Bluegrass or Perennial grass tend to work best for these climates, if you want a beautiful lawn, you will likely have to try a combination of warm-season and cool-season grasses to get the best results.

As you can see, this process can be complicated and the decision is important if you want a lawn you can be proud of.  If you need help making this decision, contact a pro at LawnGuru to guide you in the right direction! When the fate of your lawn is at stake— leave it to the pros!