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Making the right decisions about lawn grass for your yard can be a daunting task. There are numerous factors to take into consideration when determining how to grass a yard including geographic location, how much sun the yard gets, what the lawn will be used for and what kind of maintenance regimen you are willing to commit to. These articles are a great resource for determining what is right for you.

Choosing the Right Type of Grass - It all begins with some simple questions like where in the world do you live and just what do you plan on doing with that lawn? Answer the simple questions first and future lawn care will be less of a burden. Bluegrass, Fescues, and ryegrasses all have unique properties, even within their own species. New cultivars are constantly being developed and improved upon so make your selection wisely. Read more...

Cool Season Grasses - Lawn grass that thrives in the relatively cool summers of the north and can tolerate winter dormancy are cool season grasses. Cool season grasses are found north of the transition zone and sometimes in certain regions of the transitions zone. Cool season grasses include popular favorites like Kentucky bleugrass and are often the grass types one pictures in their mind when thinking about a typical lawn. Read more...

Warm Season Grasses - Warm season grasses love the heat. The hotter the better, warm season grasses are found in parts of the transition zone and all points south. Some warm season grasses go dormant in the winter while others thrive all year long. St. Augustine grass and Bermuda grass are examples of warm season grasses commonly found on lawns in the southern part of the United States. Read more...

Drought Tolerant Cool Season Grasses - In recent years, and no doubt in the future, lack of water is a challenge for lawns with traditional Kentucky bluegrass based lawns. The modern vision of the perfect lawn has suffered from negative publicity and labeled as a scourge on the environment. The truth is, most lawn grasses can survive on much less water than they are given. In addition, new cultivars of grass species are being developed to be able to withstand drought and a general diminished watering regimen. These grasses can function adequately as a lawn while using a fraction of the water once thought need to sustain a lawn.  Read more...

Warm Season Drought Tolerant Grasses - While southern grass species love the heat, many of them are also have a genetic predisposition to the tropical rains that accompany the climate. When the rains disappear in times of drought, the water demand must be made up or the lawn can suffer. Drought tolerant grass species are more able to withstand periods of drought without causing sustained injury to the plant. Dormancy sometimes ensues but as soon as the rain returns, the grasses spring back to their previous behavior. Read more...

Grass Seed Germination Rates - Using grass seed is an excellent way to establish a lawn or just overseed or repair bare patches, but knowing when to expect the seed to pop is important because seed likes to remain moist, and seasonal conditions have a tendency to creep up fast. Kentucky bluegrass for example can take up to 30 days to germinate, while perennial ryegrass can take as little as five days. Most seed blends are mixed to accommodate for this but if inclement weather is expected or extended periods of drought, your seeding pan must provide for watering seedlings sometimes several times a day.  Read more...

What is the Best Shade Grass -Ever wonder why grass does not want to grow in the shade? Chance are you're just using the wrong type of grass. Certain lawn grasses are better suited to a life in the shade than others. While no grass enjoys full shade, and there may be other reasons for grass not growing in a shady area. Mitigating the conditions  that lead to grass failure is just as important as species and cultivar selection. Read more...

What is a Freedom Lawn? While a freedom lawn may not be for everyone, some people just say the heck with it and let whatever grows in the yard grow. No watering, no fertilizing, just nature doing it's thing. While I don't oppose the concept, the results may be entirely unattractive and if the soil is low in fertility, there may be nothing growing but the worst of the worst of lawn weeds. The neighbors are also not too fond of freedom lawns. Read more...

How to Lay Sod - A seemingly enough mundane task, laying sod is not as easy as it may look. There are a few simple rules that when applied, will make any sod project much easier. Sodding as opposed to seeding allows for an instant lawn but is much more expensive and labor intensive than seeding and still has a maintenance regiment that needs to be followed or the entire project can be a bust.  Read more...

How to Care for New Sod - Once the sod is in place the work is not over. New sod is very needy and needs attention for a week or so before it can be considered a regular part of the lawn. Failure to abide by the rules of caring for new sod will result in a waste of money and a failed attempt at growing grass. Read more...

Grass Profiles - A growing compendium of lawn grass species, including a photo, their description, growth habits and more.Read more...

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