Best Grass Types Guide
It’s important to choose your grass type based on your climate and location. As we are hailing from Port Orange, Florida, in this article we’ll go through warm season type of grasses in particular. We’ll analyze cool season grasses in another post to come.
Warm season grasses do become dormant when temperatures drop, roughly from November through February. Their growing rate decreases, and may experience change in color (losing some of their summer bright green, and tending towards the yellow/brown shades). This is the main difference with cool season grasses, which instead, tend to maintain their color throughout the seasons.
When do warm season grasses need mowing the most? Their growth rate dramatically increases when temperatures are between 80° and 95 °F (and soil temperatures are between 70° and 90°F).
Let’s go through the best Warm Season type of grasses:
Centipede Grass : It’s a “low maintenance grass” which results in pleasant looking lawns, due to the density of the grass and tendency to be weed-free. It’s a turf-forming perennial grass. It grows slowly, hence the “low maintenance” mention, as it requests minimum upkeep.
Bermuda Grass: As the name suggests, it comes from a typically warm climate (Bermuda). Therefore this grass type can survive the harsh summers (like Florida’s – we know how hard that can be). It’s extremely drought resistant, it spreads easily and is also a perennial type which means it won’t require re-seeding. Bermuda grass should be ideally mowed lower than other grass types, around 1 inch, during the green-up phase in spring for the best maintenance of thus type of turf.
St. Augustine Grass : Very common in Florida and Texas. This type of grass, as a matter of fact, thrives in sunny and humid weather conditions. It comes with very thick, flat grass blades, and provides coarse-textured turf. St. Augustine Grass keeps its color at temperatures as much as 10 degrees lower than its main “rival” Bermuda grass. It also tolerates better saline soils, which are common along the coast (hello, our service area!). It also has high injury recovery and tolerates foot traffic – not too much of it, though. Other warm season grasses handle this last factor better.
Zoysia Grass : Zoysia really thrives in summer, when it grows vigorously. It’s also weed resistant, which makes this grass type attractive to many homeowners. It will require virtually no weed removal. It forms a beautiful looking, fine-textured, dark green turf. It will go dormant in winter though, and may stay brownish during the winter months. Does well under heavy foot traffic.
Bahiagrass : this is a drought and heat tolerant type of grass, which can thrive where other types of grasses struggle. If you want to achieve a resistant, low-growing turf, you should choose Bahiagrass. It’s also a perennial type, which means it won’t need re-seeding. It has fine leaf texture and dark color. It was originally a pasture-grass, but it has become a lawn grass especially in the South-East. The reason why it has been overlooked as turf grass, it’s because it does not produce a dense, carpet-like lawn like other types do.
As you can see, choosing your grass type can be an important choice when you’re thinking in terms of maintenance and the aesthetic result you’d like to achieve. If you’re still uncertain about which grass to go for, feel free to evaluate them with us! Contact us for a free estimate.