Choosing the perfect grass seed for your lawn can be an overwhelming decision. Not knowing the differences between grass types or what types of grass will perform best in your yard can mean the difference between an amazing yard and an ‘ok’ yard. There are several factors that go into choosing the right grass type for Connecticut lawns.
The most important thing to consider is the low temperatures here in Connecticut. Cool-season grasses do better in colder temperatures while warm-season grasses look their best during the hottest months of the year and then go dormant early as temperatures drop.
Kentucky bluegrass is a cool season grass and is one of the most common grass types in the state because of its fast growth rate and ability to recover quickly from damage. Bluegrass is vulnerable to diseases and pests so it’s a good idea to mix it in with other cool-season grasses for best results.
Often used on athletic fields and golf courses, bentgrass creates a beautifully uniform turf when mowed properly. Bentgrass is best when cut very short at ¼ of an inch. If left to grow taller you’ll see how this grass got its name. As it grows, tufts appear higher up the stem causing the grass to fall over or “bend”. Bentgrass is a needy grass that requires high levels of fertilizer and water.
Perennial ryegrass is a cool-season grass that germinates very fast, making it perfect for establishing new lawns. Its color ranges from medium to dark green with medium to fine blades. Perennial ryegrass does well under wear and tear and can recover faster than most other turfgrasses. However, because of its fast growth rate, it tends to out-compete other grasses so it’s best to grow by itself instead of mixing with other grass types.
Tall fescue does very well in our area of the country due to its resistance to cold, heat, and drought conditions. This grass does very well as a turf grass with its ability to withstand traffic and recover rather quickly.
Zoysia grass is a warm season grass and the only one that does well in Connecticut because it can survive our winters. Zoysia grass can withstand heat, drought, and heavy traffic. Zoysia grass takes a while to green up in the spring and goes dormant early.
Choosing the right grass is hard and maintaining it can be even harder. With lawn services from Colonel Landscaping you can rest easy knowing that your lawn is in good hands.
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