In this post I will outline some simple guidelines that will help you choose the best grass for your lawn in regards to your specific region.
Now before we begin, the region you live in plays a big part it how your grass will grow and the type of grass you should be growing for best results. It would be impossible for me to give lawn maintenance instruction if you are growing the wrong type of grass. My first bit of information would be to check out your zone regions in the area you live. This will let you know if the grass you are about grow or growing will tolerate the temperature. The region you live in determines the specific types of grass that will thrive. Growing the right grass now will save you TIME, MONEY and EFFORT later.
Not all grass is the same, some like it cool and some like it hot. There are two different groups of grasses to consider before planting: Cool-season and Warm-season. Cool-season grasses grow best in the northern region which averages about 60-75 degrees Fahrenheit. The warm-season grasses are just as you expected, the southern part of the country which averages between 80-100 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature that these grasses grow in are not the only difference between the two. The cool-season grasses will remain green longer than the warm-season which go dormant after first frost.
So, moving in to the most important part, WHAT IS YOUR GRASS ZONE? North America has been divided into 5 zones which is based primarily on rainfall and temperature.
Above is a simple map to follow when choosing a grass best suited in your state. Below I will describe each zone and some of the most common grasses grown in that region.
Zone 4: Mostly involves the Southwest region. I call this the “Tricky Region” . Its not to cold and its not to hot. Here is my recommendation for this region.
- Lower elevations: Bermudagrass because it has a great tolerance to heat and stress.
- High elevation: Any of the fescues, ryegrass, or Kentucky bluegrass would be fine.
Those are primarily the 5 zones and the grasses that can successfully be grown in those areas. Now, there is an in between area called The Transition Zone. This area is not good for either cool or warm -season grass. This includes the Southeast and Midwest regions of the United States. If you live in this area then you may have to work a little harder to achieve that lush full lawn than those in other regions. The reason for this difficulty is that the weather continues to change year after year making it particularly harder for any type of turfgrass to adapt and thrive, therefore the weeds take over quickly and choke the grass out. My recommendation is to plant Zoysiagrass, which is a warm season grass and also tolerant to the cold. Or you could plant Kentucky bluegrass , my favorite, which has a great tolerant to heat and is also categorized as a cool season grass.
Below are some picture examples of the grasses we have discussed in the article above: