Posts Tagged ‘mid-atlantic grass varieties’

The winner for best variety …

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

In our last post, we talked about the different types of grass varieties you’re likely to find in Mid-Atlantic lawns.  Now we’d like to go over which varieties are the best for the region.  According to the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension, they are turf-type tall fescue and zoysiagrass.  Here’s a little more about each.

Tall fescue:  This grass stands up well to cold weather and traffic.  It does require some more watering, especially in the summer than other varieties.  It should be fertilized in the fall and be kept to 2.5-3.5 inches high.

Zoysiagrass:  This grass is better suited for warm weather and doesn’t require as much water.  It requires a lot of sun so isn’t good in the shade.  It should be fertilized late in the spring and be kept to ..5-1.5 inches.

Either grass is good for this area because they resist insects and diseases without a lot of fertilizer.  However, both will need to be watered, and that’s where we come in.  Our lawn irrigation systems make these easy-to-maintain grasses even easier.  Contact us to learn more.

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Know your grass

Monday, September 13th, 2010

If you’re looking for lawn care advice, you usually won’t get to far before you need to determine what kind of grass you have.  Proper seeding, watering, fertilizing, even mowing, all vary depending on the variety of grass you have.  To make matters worse, lawns these days rarely consist of one variety but blend a number of grasses.  Nevertheless, here are a few varieties you’ll probably encounter in the Mid-Atlantic area.

  • Kentucky Bluegrass.  Despite its name, bluegrass is actually the darkest green variety of grass.  It is a soft grass with a V-shaped blade and looks like a canoe at the tip.
  • Fine Fescue.  It has a dull green color with a little gray mixed in.  Its blades resemble needles or strands of hair with a fine tip.
  • Ryegrass.  Its dark green though not as dark as bluegrass, which is often found with it.  Its blades are shiny on one side and are especially noticeable for their whitish look after mowing.
  • Zoysia.  It is an ideal grass for the Mid-Atlantic.  It has a narrow tip, is stiff and feels prickly to the touch.

Generally, bluegrass, ryegrass, and fescue are grouped together.  Now you can go out to your lawn, look at the types of grass out there, and have an answer when determining the best care.  If you need help with irrigation or any other lawn advice, contact us, and we’ll be happy to give you a hand.

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