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Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Grass Types

Just as every lawn is different and has different needs, your grassAdvantages_Disadvantages_Grass_Types.jpg comes in many different varieties as well. The needs of your grass and lawn can be due to the climate and geographical location of your area. To help you have the most understanding of your lawn, we researched eight different types of grass and identified their advantages and disadvantages. See which type of grass is found or would be best for your lawn!

Bermudagrass

Advantages

  • Strongly recommend for residential and commercial landscapes, golf courses, sport fields, parks, and recreation areas
  • Excellent heat tolerance (up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Excellent wear resistance
  • Superior drought resistance

Disadvantages

  • Poor shade adaptation- requires full sun for most of the day to grow properly
  • Poor adaptation to cool or damp climates

Centipedegrass

Advantages

  • Low maintenance
  • Good for general purposes
  • Grows well in full sun

Disadvantages

  • Poor water resistance with slow growth pattern
  • Sensitive to drought
  • Sensitive to low temperatures, going dormant in the winter months

Fine Fescue

Advantages

  • Tolerates both hot and cold weather well
  • Upright growth habit creates nice even-looking grass
  • High drought tolerance

Disadvantages

  • Moderate wear resistance and does not recover well from severe injury
  • Not wholly tolerant of shade

Kentucky Bluegrass

Advantages

  • Widely used in cool, humid, semi-arid and temperate regions, like Ohio
  • Recovers quickly from occasional wear and moderate foot traffic

Disadvantages

  • Poor shade adaption and only a few varieties are moderately adapted to partial shade
  • Somewhat poor drought resistance and can go into summer dormancy if there is no irrigation

Ryegrass

Advantages

  • Great drought tolerance
  • Very easy to maintain
  • Can thrive in both cold winters and hot summers
  • Fair wear resistance

Disadvantages

  • Very few disadvantages

St. Augustinegrass

Advantages

  • Excellent drought resistance
  • Moderate wear resistance
  • Well adapted in coastal regions and thrives in heat

Disadvantages

  • Very poor tolerance in low temperatures
  • Shade adaption extremely varies between varieties

Tall Fescue

Advantages

  • Deep root system avoids drought
  • Good for a tough play lawn and recommended for a wide variety of uses, such as roadsides, parks, and sports fields
  • Great wear resistance
  • Grows in a variety of climates

Disadvantages

  • Very few disadvantages

Zoysiagrass

Advantages

  • Superior wear resistance
  • Tolerates heat very well
  • Remains green and resists short periods of drought

Disadvantages

  • Slow to recover from severe thinning
  • Slow to grow in partial shade
  • Subject to winter dormancy

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