There are several things to consider when it comes to picking the right grass for your lawn. As a professional lawn care company, we know that no two lawns are the same. Different turfgrass types not only vary in physical appearance, but they require different maintenance and care. Usually, northern areas grow cool season grasses and southern areas grow warm season varieties. Along the Gulf Coast, some of the most popular warm season grass varieties are Bermuda, Centipede, St. Augustine and Zoysia. See these profiles of different grass types to find out which is right for your lawn.
Looking for a durable grass type? Bermuda grass has a fine texture and an aggressive growth quality that gives it strong weed resistance. Bermuda also has great drought resistance for hot, dry Florida summers. Bermuda grass is best at 1 to 2 inches high with full to moderate sun exposure, as it is not a shade tolerant variety.
Keep in mind: Its strong growth trait could be a potential issue if it invades plants or flowerbeds.
If you want a low-maintenance lawn, consider tough, low-growing Centipede turfgrass. Centipede, which does well with acidic soil, has a rougher texture than most grass types, which can help with weed and pest resistance. Have a shady front or backyard? Centipede grass can tolerate shade and is best kept at a height of 1-1/2 to 2 inches.
Keep in mind: Centipede does not do well with a lot of traffic, which could affect outdoor activities.
For Gulf Coast homes with sandy soil, St. Augustine grass is ideal for warm temperatures. This coarse, rich green grass needs partial to full sun exposure and is best kept 2 to 3 inches high.
Keep in mind: St. Augustine grass has very low cold tolerance and is often susceptible to disease.
If you are willing to devote extra time to caring for your lawn, Zoysia grass can offer a lush and attractive look. This fine to medium grass thrives in a sunny area and has a good drought resistance.
Keep in mind: This grass often turns brown in winter and prefers a slightly acidic soil.
As always, factors such as altitude, sun and shade exposure, the amount of traffic and the watering schedule may have an affect on different types of grass. Do you want to learn more about how to care for grass in Florida?