Choosing the Right Type of Grass for Your Yard

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There are close to 3,500 species of grass.
Fortunately, you don't have to consider them all when trying to decide on the right type of grass for your yard.
There are basically three things you need to know to find out which type of grass will give you the most satisfaction: where you live, who you are and how you live.
Location, Location, Location Where you live in North America largely determines what type of grass grows well in your region.
If you live in one of the northern states where winters can be long and harsh, don't seed your lawn with a grass variety with poor cold tolerance (like Centipede grass or St.
Augustine grass).
Conversely, if you call the southern part of the country home, expecting a lush verdant lawn by choosing Canada Bluegrass or Creeping Bentgrass is simply courting disappointment.
These grasses are of the cool climate variety and thrive better in the northern states.
There is a region of the country spanning east to west right across the middle where you can plant both cool weather and hot weather varieties of grass.
In that case, the local weather conditions of your zip code become the determining factor in deciding what kind of grass is right for your yard.
The Consummate Gardener versus the Weekend Enthusiast Consider your personality when choosing the kind of grass for your lawn.
Do you see your lawn more as a status symbol, or is it the bane of your summer existence? Different varieties demand different levels of care and attention.
If you simply want to have a nice neat patch of green to welcome you when you come home, choose a low maintenance variety like Fine-leaf Fescue for cool northern climate, or Bahia Grass for the more humid south.
Both varieties require low maintenance yet provide a pretty good show of green.
When You Need Running Space Last but not least, think of your lifestyle when deciding on the right kind of grass for your lawn.
If you have children, pets, frequent family gatherings, you need to choose a grass variety that will stand up to a lot of abuse - or, frequent use.
Creeping Bentgrass is a good choice in the northern regions, while the ever popular Bermuda grass is a great choice for southern weather.
Contrary to the popular saying, the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence.
You can have a green lawn on your side of the fence too; just follow these three simple steps to finding the right kind of grass for your yard.
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