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Types of Grass that Thrive in Georgia

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When seeding your lawn rather for a change of landscape or to help the growth process after dry season it is important to know what grass will fit your climate area. Certain types of grass, like plants, thrive in areas meant for them so grass that grows in the northeast would not do in the constantly warm climate of the south.

Best Grasses for Georgia Climate

Dealing with high heat summers and even mild fall and winter weather only certain types of grass do well in Georgia. The following types are great choices for lawns:

  • Bermuda– Bermuda grass is an excellent choice for lawns due to its great heat and drought sustainability. Bermuda grass holds up well drained soil which is why it can stand the southern climate’s mild weather. It can also be handled well with salt intake which makes it okay for seeding near Georgia’s coastal area. While Bermuda grass holds up to foot traffic, during peak season it grows quite quickly meaning constant lawn maintenance. Besides having to mow it constantly it has high nutrient intake, so it is important to tend to fertilize your lawn regularly. It does not do well in heavily shaded areas and will typically result in dead, brown grass in shaded areas.
  • Fescue- Fescue grass is not just one type of grass but a family of the same seed with small variations. Fescue grass does well in shaded environments but is also tolerant to drought weather and dealing with fluctuating temperatures which Georgia weather deals with a lot. Fescue grass types are textured and are extremely fast growing. They are great in cold or hot climates and are a favorite grass seed in the Northern Georgia area. It is important to know that it needs to be tended to regularly otherwise it will brown during peak summer.
  • Centipede– Centipede grass grows slowly and is very resistant to high heat. Because it grows slowly you will not have to cut it often, but it will take time to fill in your lawn growing seeds. Salt exposure will kill your grass, so it is not great for coastal areas and is seen closer inland. Also note that this type of grass is not great for foot traffic and will leave impressions.
  • Zoysia– is another group of grass that is available in variety. Zoysia is a dense and slowing grass and it does not need to be mowed often but does need to have regular dethatching periods to look its best. This grass is tough, so foot traffic will not be a problem as to how it looks and can withstand high salt levels which makes it an ideal choice for grass on the coastal areas of Georgia. While the grass will turn brown and lose its color during cold seasons, Zoysia will look great and stay green a lot longer than other grass types.
  • St. Augustine– known for its deep blue green color. It is a grass because it is truly heat resistant and salt resistant making it great for lawns on the Georgia coast that must deal with that environment. However, it is a bit of a catch 22 as it is not cold resistant and has a tough time maintaining its health during cold seasons. It is rarely seen anywhere near the metro areas or North Georgia. St. Augustine grass does well in lawns that have shaded area and grows frequently, which requires more maintenance with fertilizing and mowing.
  •  Bahaigrass- Bahaigrass is very resilient and grows well in less than wanted soil and even sandy areas. It is a great grass for the coastal areas in Georgia because its remarkably high salt resistance and its ability to grow in area that have less nutrients in soil. Once thought of as a pasture grass Bahaigrass has become a great landscaping grass for seeding with its deep roots which allow it to withstand drought conditions and foot traffic. This grass thrives in sunlight but is also tolerant of shady areas.

When picking out which grass to use for your landscaping purposes it is important to keep reminders towards climate which in Georgia it is usually mild and humid. While Georgia does experience seasonal change the state weather is usually hot so looking for grass that prosper under these conditions is a key item when choosing what to put down.

Sun and shade are another key point to pay attention to. Some grass can stand constant sun rays beaming down such as Bermuda grass and Zoysia but, St. Augustine prefers shade which relates to the health of your lawn.  Fescue and a Perennial Rye Grass will do well in shaded areas.

Soil is another key issue when deciding what to grow as your grass takes root. It is important that it can receive nutrients from where it is supposed to come from. Some grass types like Centipede prefer well drained sandy soil, whereas Bermuda can handle growth in different circumstances if upkeep is maintained. Maintenance is the most important part of this process because without proper care your grass will not grow, it may even die during the off seasons. The importance of knowing how to care for your lawn, when to water it, when thatch is building up, when it needs to be mowed can all be a but to undertake. Sarge’s Property Management is here to help. If unsure about where to start or needing to consult professionals, we are happy to schedule a free consultation and come out and assess your property.

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