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Choosing The Right Grass For Your Georgia Lawn

So, how do you pick the best grass for your lawn? Well, there isn’t just one right pick. The best type of grass for Georgia depends on the specific use, your location, and several other factors. It’s also important to consider the amount of sun, shade, and water the area receives when selecting a grass type. One thing to consider is not the best grass you like but the best grass for you. This blog explains the factors that can help decide what type of grass you seed for your lawn.

Grass is Grass, Right?

If you look at the words above and nod along with those sentiments, you’ll learn that in almost every area of Georgia, you can find a different blade of grass. Depending on location, soil, and other factors, it could be that the grass type you like isn’t what’s best for your lawn. There are several different types of grass in Georgia lawns, with many sub-species and turfgrass blend options between them. Why so many kinds of grass? Well, there’s a lot of variety in the microclimates of Georgia yards. 

Some types of grass do better in the sun and are drought-tolerant; others have good shade tolerance. Several can survive significant temperature changes and cold weather; others prefer a milder climate. A few species thrive in wet, marshy areas, and others thrive in drought-like conditions. Hardy types can live in poor, acidic soil; others need good-quality soil with a proper pH balance to succeed. This diversity is incredible for homeowners looking for a unique look but can be overwhelming to sort through when you just want to get the lawn installed. 

Regardless of the grass type, all lawns require varying maintenance and care. Overseeding and reseeding patchy areas with matching grass seed or blend, fertilization on schedule, aeration in the early summer, and weekly lawn care during the growing season will go far towards growing a gorgeous, green lawn. These are all things that must be considered when choosing grass for the lawn.

Choosing the Right Grass

If you plan to have your lawn re-sodded, one of the first decisions you’ll need to make is which type of grass to use. Different types of grass have different looks and require different levels and types of maintenance throughout the year. Choosing a type of grass suited to your climate and soil type is also essential. We can’t leave out location or growing factors, as grass types are growing stronger in specific areas. The following grass types are some that have success in the various Georgia climates and can be considered for your beautiful home.

Bermuda Grass

Bermuda grass and its variants have been a popular choice in Georgia and other southern states for decades. It is the perfect warm-season grass, thriving in full sunshine and not requiring a lot of water. Bermuda grass does best when it can soak up 8 hours or more of full sunlight each day. It grows quickly, which means it can recuperate from being damaged and tolerates moderate foot traffic. However, that also means you have to mow it more often. Bermuda grass is one of the most common grasses in the Atlanta area and is one of the easiest to grow in full sun.

Zoysia Grass

Zoysia grass came to the US from Asia in the late 1800s. Since then, it has been popular in Georgia because of its love for warm, sunny weather. However, unlike other warm-season grasses, it is also tolerant of short cold spells and doesn’t require full sun all the time. It performs best with 8 hours of sun per day, but can tolerate as few as 4 hours. Zoysia makes a thick, comfortable carpet to walk on, but can be invasive if left to its own devices.

Centipede Grass

So what if your lawn has no shade or cover from the sun? The last thing you want is sun spots on your lawn but there is a grass type that has you covered. This predicament is where centipede grass comes in handy. It isn’t a particularly hardy type of grass and won’t hold up well to a lot of traffic. However, it does handle both the hot sun and shade, making it a versatile choice for challenges in Georgia yards. Centipede grass doesn’t need a lot of fertilizer and does well in slightly acidic soil. It grows slowly, which makes it relatively low maintenance and it does not need to be fertilized often. It should be mowed to keep from long growth and damage (about 1 – 1 ½ inches tall).

Tall Fescue

In the Piedmont Region of Georgia, homeowners love Tall Fescue grass. This cool-season grass enjoys a temperature range of about 60-75 degrees Fahrenheit. This grass likes a partially shaded yard and can moderately handle long periods of hot sun. Instead of turning brown during the cooler seasons like warm-season grasses, Tall Fescue retains a beautiful dark green color. In fact, the prime growing season for this type of Georgia grass is spring and fall. Tall fescue needs more water than the warm-season grasses to stay green during the summer. It is quickly established from seed and grows well in full sun as well as moderate shade.

St. Augustine Grass

St. Augustine grass has a distinct, coarse texture and dark green color. It is tolerant of shade and salt, though it does grow best in full sunlight. St. Augustine grass requires watering during dry periods but does not typically require irrigation in the spring. It’s best for low-traffic areas since the blades are easily damaged and compacted. It does not do well in the cold and though it can handle light shade, it prefers copious amounts of sunshine each day. This type can be damaged easily, so avoid planting in high-traffic areas. St. Augustine grass can be left quite long when mowing, with a suggested mowing height between 2 – 4 inches.

Bahiagrass

Bahiagrass is an extremely hardy, tolerant grass that is well-suited for sandy, nutrient-poor areas where other grasses struggle. It was brought to the U.S. in 1914 and was originally used as a pasture grass for grazing animals, but has since gained popularity in landscaping. Bahiagrass prefers full sunlight, but it will tolerate limited shade. Bahiagrass is very drought-tolerant, thanks to its deep roots. It has a coarse texture, but you can leave it two to three inches long to create a somewhat softer lawn.

These grass types are popular in the Georgia area for their adaptability. Some types like the Tall Fescue and Zoysia grass don’t require constant sunlight, can hold roots for self-irrigation, and retain their lush features even into cold weather months. For more information on what grass type would be best for your lawn, you can consult lawn maintenance experts like those at Sarges Property Management. Lawn care is important for aesthetics but also to have your lawn healthy. 

Proper Lawn Care

Regardless of which grass seed you choose, you will need to do at least some regular lawn care. No matter where you live, basic lawn care comes down to three elements: mowing, watering, and feeding. As simple as it sounds, there’s a right and wrong way to approach all three. Mowing height depends on grass type, and mowing at the correct height is just as important for a healthy lawn as fertilizing. 

Grass needs about one inch of water per week to thrive. Water your lawn in the morning once a week, so it has a chance to dry between soakings. Because a sodden root system increases the possibility of disease, avoid overwatering or watering at night when the soil dries more slowly, and always check the soil before watering. If it’s already damp, there’s no need to irrigate. Ideal nutrient levels vary slightly between grass types, but in general, using any plant food product at the right time of year is all that’s necessary to keep a fertile lawn.

Choosing Lawn Care Assistance

Let’s be honest between learning the capabilities and outlook of your yard you’re going to have to consistently be on schedule with maintaining the upkeep of your lawn. There are some who don’t mind getting their hands dirty but for those who want the best in lawn care, it helps to reach out to the experts. 

Experts like those at Sarges Property Management will listen to your asks while also advising you on the very best lawn care methods for growing seasons and cold seasons alike. It gives you more time to actually enjoy your home while leaving the heavy lifting to the professionals. Of course, it helps to know the ins and outs of Bermuda grass and its variants, the proper length, mow height, and so on. But knowing it’s in safe hands thanks to experts whose job is to nurture your lawn into an aesthetically pleasing wonder doesn’t hurt either.

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