Choosing a Grass

posted on February 1st, 2013 by


               What is the right grass for you? 

With so many different types of grasses available, how do you know what grass is right for you?  There are several different aspects you will need to consider.  First you need to decide what kind of grass you are going to plant, fescue, rye, Bermuda, St. Augustine, zoysia, etc.  Be sure to check on the different strains the grasses have, each one is a little different.   

It is best to look at the main characteristic such as, how is the grass planted; seed, plugs, sod, etc.  Consider what you want from your grass, such as color, maintenance, water requirements, growth pattern, blade size, dormancy, reproduction and durability as well as cost.

It is important to check all of these aspects of the grass. 

  • Color – Some are a light green, deep green, dark green, blue green, etc.
  • Maintenance – How much is required? How frequent does the lawn need to be mowed, watered, fertilized, weed control applied, etc.
  • Watering requirements – Is the grass drought resistant?  Does your area have water restrictions?  What is the average amount of water the grass requires?
  • Blade Size and texture – Do you want a thin blade, medium blade or wide blade? Do you want a grass that feels course, soft grass or a grass that feels like carpet?
  • Growth pattern –  Is the grass a spreading grass or does it need to be reseeded each year?  
  • Seasons – Do you want a grass that will stay green all summer, then you want a “warm” weather grass. Do you want a cold weather grass that can brown out in summer during extreme heat but stays green in the winter?
  • Durability – How much wear and tear can the grass tolerant? Will it hold up to children and pets?
  • Slopes – Do you want a grass with low maintenance and good erosion control or seed the area and hope the seeds take before washing away?

 There is a lot to consider and research, however remember your lawn is something you will want to enjoy for a long, long time. The right decision can make a huge difference!

This entry was posted on Friday, February 1st, 2013 at 2:22 pm and is filed under Growth, mowing, Planting, Uncategorized, watering, Zoysia. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Choosing a Grass”

  1. morris tashbar Says:

    February 15th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    hi, I just ordered for south florida and look forward to the experience of replacing st augustine grass once zoysia is tested true. thanks.

    Will I get different kinds of zoysia grass or is there just one that grows here in south florida/ft lauderdale, margate area? thanks

  2. admin Says:

    February 18th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Hi Morris,
    All Zoysia grass is a warm weather grass and will grow in Florida. We only sell and ship the orginial Meyers strain. Meyers zoysia grows extremely well in Florida. It is heat tolerant to 120 degrees, yet will not be killed by temperatures to 30 below zero (F). It thrives in sandy, salty soils.

  3. carol Says:

    March 31st, 2013 at 10:36 am

    will it grow in real shady aeras

  4. admin Says:

    April 5th, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Hi Carol,
    Amazoy zoysia grass will grow in the shade as long as it gets at least 2 to 3 hours of direct sunlight a day. If your shade is caused by trees, it would be best if you checked your soil pH, trees can really alter the pH. For the best results from the zoysia we recommend the soil pH be between a 6 and 7.

  5. admin Says:

    May 2nd, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Hi Carol,

    Amazoy zoysia grass can be planted in the shade, as long as the area gets at least 2 to 3 hours of direct sunlight a day. If you are planting the plugs near trees, we would also suggest checking the soil pH, trees can alter the soils pH levels. For the best results from zoysia we suggest the pH be between a 6 and 7. The soil pH can be tested using a pH Meter or a soil testing kit. We sell both of these items on our website. If the pH is below a 6 you would need to add lime to your lawn, if the pH is above a 7 you would need to add sulfer.

  6. Therese Says:

    June 16th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Can you tell me if zoysia is “dog tolerant?” We moved to a new house with a small yard, and the dog has killed a lot of the tiny amount of grass we have! we are now watering after the dog pees, and have re-seeded, but zoysia sounds like it’s tougher than the fescue we have planted. We are setting up a pee area, but tougher grass would help, too!

  7. admin Says:

    June 17th, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Hi Therese,
    Zoysia is more tolerant to pet urine and feces than most grasses. However, no grass will survive prolonged or constant exposure to pet wastes. Pets should be kept off of the new plugs for at least 30 days in order for the plugs to become established. After the plugs are established, you can minimize the effects of pet wastes by periodically liming the soil in order to restore the pH level to an acceptable range between 6 and 7.

  8. Says:

    October 18th, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    It’s actually a cool and useful piece of info. I am glad that
    you shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us up to date like this.
    Thanks for sharing.

  9. admin Says:

    October 18th, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Hi Loretta,
    Thank you for the nice comment. We are happy to share our knowledge with you and we will keep the articles coming.

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