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Warm Season Grasses
 Bahia  Bermuda  Carpetgrass
Cool Season Grasses Bluegrass  Fine Fescue  Tall Fescue

The Warm Season Grasses

The Warm season grasses are very popular in certain areas of the south. They are definitely seasonal, undergrowing periods of rapid growth in the Spring and Summer and then in the fall entering a period of very visible hibernation. I say "very visible" because these grasses turn brown when in their dormant phases.

To some, this is esthetically unpleasant, to others, such as myself, it is not only pleasant to see, but a visual indicator that the mowing season is over! Those that find this unpleasant typically choose to overseed their summer grass lawns with annual rye to give the lawn the "green" look during the dormant Winter months. Below is a list of the popular warm season grasses, the ones that are "linked" have additional detail and information that I have compiled from various Sources. I will be adding to this

Many that find the seasonal aspect of the summer grasses unappealing will generally overseed their lawns with an annual rye to green it up for the winter. This works well for many grasses but is not reccomended for all. Take a look at the section for your specific Grass type for more detail.

Here's a list of the most common Warm Season Grasses

  • Centipede
  • Zoysia
  • Bermuda
  • St. Augustine
  • Bahia
  • Carpetgrass
  • Buffalo
  • Grama

    The Cool Season Grasses

    The cool season grasses are probably one of the more popular types of grasses, particularly in the more northern zones where the milder and shorter summers make them easier to cultivate. Bluegrass is considered by many to be the king of the Turf Lawns. Although a bit more demanding in terms of care they can be extremely rewarding to those that don't mind making a little bit of an extra effort.

    For those in the further south these grasses are also used extensively. Probably one of the most important things to consider are your fertilization schedules. Cool season grasses, particularly the fescues, don't tolerate mid summer fertilization very well.

    Here is a list of the cool weather grasses.

  • Fine Fescue
  • Tall Fescue
  • Bluegrass
  • bentgrass
  • ryegrasses