Certain types of grass seed are best suited for the cold weather. Learn which ones will grow best in your yard!
Picking the right grass seed for your lawn will make a dramatic difference in its quality. If you live in the northern states you will want to pick a cold weather grass. Luckily there are multiple cold weather varieties that are easy to grow and maintain.
Cold weather grass is much different than what you will find down south. There are many varieties that will actually stay green for most, if not all, of the year. Cold weather grass tends to be cheaper to grow because it can be started from seed. A number of southern varieties like Bermuda and Zoysia do much better when started from plugs.
One of the most popular varieties of cold weather grass is Kentucky Bluegrass. With Kentucky Bluegrass you can expect to get a durable lawn that requires little maintenance. When grass reaches heights of approximately 2 inches it should be mowed. Without regular mowing this grass can reach up to 2 feet in height. Kentucky Bluegrass can withstand a mild drought. Be careful not to plant this type of grass seed in shaded areas.
Perennial Ryegrass is another good option for cold weather climates. Unlike Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Ryegrass is suitable for shaded locations. Be prepared for a bit more maintenance if you choose to grow Perennial Ryegrass in your lawn. The rapid growth of this type of grass means it will require more mowing than other colder weather alternatives.
For areas that you do not want to maintain as regularly Red Fescue is a great option. This grass can be grown in shaded areas and requires little water to thrive.
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