Choosing The Right Grass Type in the Southern US

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This article will help you choose the right type of grass for your yard.
by Spencer Young · Zone 6A · -10° to -5° F to Zone 11 · Above 40° F · Lawn Grasses · 0 Comments · June 14, 2010 · 8,007 views

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Choosing the right grass for your yard can make the difference between having a low-maintenance, environmentally-friendly lawn, and one that is susceptible to disease, pests, weed invasion, decline, and/or requires a lot of upkeep. The type of grass you choose for your lawn should depend on several factors.

Answer the questions below to determine the best type of lawn grass for your property.

1. What do you want your lawn to look like? Grasses vary in color, leaf width, habit (characteristic appearance), and density of growth.
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2. How much time and money are you realistically willing to spend tending your lawn? Higher-maintenance grasses mean higher cost and time commitments.

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3. Your lawn grass choice will be affected by your site's growing conditions. The amount of sun and shade your site gets, the soil type and its level of fertility and dryness or wetness, and your climate.

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4. Consider how your lawn will be used. Will you lawn area be used for decorative landscaping, for erosion control, or as a play area?

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