Chesterfield County is located in the Richmond area in east-central Virginia. This unique climate zone is home to both warm and cool season grass varieties. In such a transitional climate, cool season grasses generally have a higher success rate due to their hardy tolerance to cold temperatures. When selecting a grass seed for your lawn consider local factors such as the amount of sunlight that reaches the lawn and the level of maintenance you are willing and able to provide.
Zoysia grass is a warm season grass with unique adaptations for transitional climates such as Chesterfield County, Virginia. Unlike other warm season grasses, zoysia maintains a high level of cold temperature and drought tolerance. Zoysia is slow growing and does well in high traffic and shady lawn areas.
Thermal blue is a type of bluegrass perfectly suited to transitional climates. Traditional bluegrass varieties provide a highly desirable, dense turf grass in cooler areas of the United States but lack the heat tolerance necessary in more southern latitudes such as Virgina. Thermal blue combines high-quality bluegrass turf with heat tolerance, making it an ideal cool season, transitional climate grass.
Tall fescue is a bunching, cool season grass with enough heat tolerance for transitional climates as far south as Georgia. A favorite of the North, tall fescue provides a dense, weed-free lawn when properly maintained and does well in shady, high-traffic lawn areas. Tall fescue is susceptible to both brown patch and leaf spot fungal diseases.
Perennial ryegrass is a cool season grass that germinates and grows very quickly. This grass is used in transitional and warm season climates as both temporary ground cover during the winter months and as permanent turf grass in cooler climates. Ryegrass does not do well in drought and heat, and typically requires the most maintenance of any cool season grass.