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    There are literally hundreds of grass seed types each developed for specific areas of the country and designed to resist

various pests and diseases with each having unique features in terms of blade width, color and growth height.

Let's talk about two general categories or grass types: Cool and Warm-season grasses. 

Cool Season Grasses

  • Cool-season greases are best adapted to the cooler areas of the country thriving in temperatures from 65 to 75° F. 
  • Cool season grasses emerge from dormancy and grow rapidly in the spring. 
  • They are somewhat intolerant of stress periods when temperatures and humidity are high and growth is slowed considerably in mid-summer. 
  • Growth rates rise again in the fall but not at the same extent seen in spring. The cool-season grasses maintain their green color well into fall and may remain green through a mild winter. 
  • Most of the root mass of cool season grasses is in the upper 12 to 18 inches of the soil.
  • Seed types best suited to Cool Season climates include:
    • Turf Type Tall Fescue
    • Bluegrasses
    • Ryegrasses; and,
    • Bentgrass

Warm Season Grasses

  • In contrast warm-season grasses have root systems that usually reach 3 feet into the soil.
  • This is a primary reason this grass type is better adapted to drought requiring less water than their cool-season cousins.
  • Seed types best suited to Warm Season climates include:
    • Bermudagrass
    • Zoysiagrass
    • Centipedgrass
    • St. Augustinegrass; and
    • Bahagrass

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