Best Kinds of Grasses for your Lawn

Different Types of Grass and their Impact on your Lawn

No matter where you live everyone wants a lush green lawn, but it is not always easy to get one. Growing grass not rocket science, although you do need to do a little research to get that award winning field of green. The main factors to growing your grass are PH of the soil, sunlight, water, and cut height. In the northeast we have snowy winters, warm summers, and sometimes unbearable humidity. One of the best grasses to use in this region is Kentucky blue grass. This grass has amazingly rich color and is quite easy to take care of. This grass love sun, but also adapts to the changing weather conditions year round. If you have to ability to test your soils PH level you should do so, blue grass has an optimal PH rang for growth and health it is six to seven on the scale. Watering this grass will require two to two and a half inches of water to reach their roots. You should water the grass in the early morning between 5 A.M and 7 A.M, is the time when the roots are looking to replenish themselves. You should water two to three times a week to maintain them and try to do it on a consistent basis. When you are cutting this grass you should cut to a height of two to three inches.

Wondering how much fertilizer bluegrass needs, well you will need two to three pounds for five hundred square feet. Taking care of Kentucky bluegrass will give you a rich emerald green lawn in no time. Living in the South Bermuda grass and Bahia grass grow very well in the hot climate. Bermuda grass loves a PH soil level of six to six and half, the grass does not respond well to acidic soil so make sure that you take care of your soil. Unlike the Kentucky bluegrass the Bermuda grass has longer roots, needed to absorb water in the hotter seasons, and will need six inches of water penetration to keep the roots fresh. Watering them should be every other day to for about two hours in the morning to reach that six inches. The optimal cut height for this grass is between two and three inches, keeping them on the longer side will also help you identify if they are dehydrated because the grass blades will welt. Fertilizing Bermuda grass only requires a half pound for five hundred square feet, making it a inexpensive grass to maintain. Bahia grass is excellent if you are in the mid-south. Its optimal PH soil level is between five and six, and it only needs a half pound of fertilizer for the square footage as the Kentucky and Bermuda grass.

This grass is on the taller side compared to the other two having its cut height be between three to four inches. This grass also has longer roots than the other two with water needing to penetrate seven to eight inches to reach the roots. If you live in the west then you are very lucky all three of these grass grow very well in that area, just remember to pick the grass that suits your specific climate otherwise it will be harder to keep your lawn healthy. Out in the mid-west perennial grasses flourish. Perennial grass is a grass that spreads both by seed and vine root systems. Is some parts of the country this is considered a weed, though it acts like a weed it is a great grass to grow. Their roots grow both into and along the ground, this also requires a little more water, about six to twelve inches of penetration. It has the same cut height as the Bermuda grass, but requires far less fertilizer roughly a half pound per five hundred square feet. It is a shorter grass to maintain at two and a half inches, while also having a wider range of PH tolerance of five to seven on the scale. Grass takes many forms and they thrive in different climates. Hope this helps making the process choosing grass for your lawn easy.

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