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The Grass is Always Greener if you Educate Yourself.

That’s right! If you know about your grass, you can maintain it better (more than just mowing).

“But why should I care about grass, Meghan?”

Honestly, because it’s AMAZING!

Grass is one of the most underrated plants out there. How often does your yard get walked on, run on, etc.? Probably a lot. And your grass is always still there for you.

Did you know that there’s cool weather and warm weather grasses? That different varieties need different amounts of water? That some can thrive where others would die?

Now, most of the time, you’ll already have a grass that thrives where you live (because it comes with the house you’ve got). But people building homes on dirt plots has become very trendy lately.. and while I might not know a lot about house building, let me be your grass guide to help you pick the perfect one for where you live!

If you live near me (Northeast USA) or in the Midwest or Northwest USA, I hope you have a cool climate grass! If you live anywhere in the south, I hope you have a warm climate grass.

(Photo from http://clipartandscrap.com/grass-clip-art_23569/)

“What’s the difference between a cool climate and warm climate grass?”

I’M SO GLAD YOU ASKED!

Let’s break it down !

(GIF from https://giphy.com/explore/breaking-it-down)

As I said earlier, cool climate grasses are dominant in the Northeast USA, Midwest, and Northwest USA. They start growing in the spring and will grow well into the fall because they can hold up to slightly colder temperatures (60-75°F ish). However, if they get too hot, they can go dormant or stop growing. Cool weather grasses can hold up to even higher temperatures if they stay watered properly, but if the rain stops, your lawn might just turn brown. The most common varieties of cool climate grasses are Kentucky bluegrass, fescue (tall and fine varieties) and ryegrass.

Often, cool climate grasses are sold as blends and grow together! If you live in one of the above mentioned regions, really look at your grass next time you’re outside! I bet you’d find at least 3-4 different varieties!

Warm weather grasses thrive in the Southern and Southwestern USA. while warm climate grasses can hold up to extreme heats (about 95°F). They often don’t need as much water (some varieties do), but they hold up better to heat and possible drought conditions. These grasses tend to have a shorter growing season. They get green later in the spring and die off sooner than cool climate grasses. They thrive in higher average temperatures. The most common varieties of warm climate grasses are Bermuda grass, Buffalo grass, and zoysia grass.

Warm climate grasses vary so much in their needs. It is not recommended to blend warm grass seeds because they all grow very differently (otherwise your lawn would look pretty rough).

OH! One more thing.

Promise me you won’t try to mix cool and warm climate grasses together. Pick one and stick to it. Because you don’t want your yard to look uneven, patchy, or discolored in some spots and green in others!

(Photo from https://quotevision.net/funny-quotes-im-too-busy-working-on-my-own-grass-to-notice-if-yours-is-greener/)

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