A lush green lawn is the goal of most homeowners. To achieve that it takes proper lawn maintenance all year and choosing the right grass type for your climate. In New Jersey for example cool grasses varieties are preferred and give owners plenty of options. To decide which variation of cool grass works best for your lawn there are a couple of factors to weigh. How much sun the lawn is going to receive, drought tolerance and even what type of soil does the home has. Using these factors will allow for home owners to have the spectacular lawns they are looking for.
One factor to be considered when deciding on a type of grass is how much sun or shade the lawn will have. This is crucial to picking a type of lawn. Too much shade a lawn might not grow, too little and it might burn. And what if it’s both? Luckily for those who need cool grass varieties there are options for all three. Having variety in this category, helps since the other factors are not as relaxed.
Drought tolerance is something very important to consider when selecting a grass type. Some areas of New Jersey do not receive a lot of precipitation and have frequent drought restrictions. This can leave lawns dry and brown due to watering restrictions. Preparing for this ahead of time will give the homeowners a better chance of keeping a lush lawn in dead of summer.
Knowing the soil type of the lawn is also helpful. Not all soil types are great for lawn grasses. Bluegrasses like neutral and bentgrass likes acidic. Also, some types won’t thrive unless they have sandy soil like St. Augustine.
Once the factors have been determined it’s time to select the grass type. There are many different types of cool grasses but these are some of the most popular. These varieties are also popular all over New Jersey.
Kentucky Bluegrass is one of the most common types of lawn in New Jersey. It has a deep, rich green color and can tolerate heavy traffic. It can go to about 2 ½ inches without needing to be mowed and can handle full sun. The negatives to bluegrass is that it is not drought friendly and will not do well in extreme heat. It is also finicky when it comes to soil as it like a neutral ph and is very susceptible to disease. For best results, it can be mixed with fescue seed to make the lawn more sustainable.
Bentgrass can be used because it establishes (or grows) fast and can handle moderate to light shade. However, it requires a lot of maintenance as it needs to be mowed at 1 ½ inch. Bentgrass does not handle heat or drought well. It also does not take in extreme heat or cold. It is also requires an acidic soil level and full sun to survive.
Fescue grasses can be the best answer for a combination lawn, one that has shade and light. It needs moderate care as it can go up to 3 inches before needing to be mowed. Its easy nature extends to soil as it work with any ph level. As well, fescue grass is drought and heat safe making it a great choice for homeowners. It does have one drawback in that it is disease prone.
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