Choosing the correct grass seed for your lawn is actually quite similar to selecting shrubs and flowers. The right selection can save you time, money and a whole lot of frustration. The fact is, some types of plants simply do better when they are grown under certain conditions. Once you determine a few things about your yard, you can then choose the type of grass seed that will grow best there.
Determine whether you need warm-season or cool-season grass. Warm-season grass grows best in temperatures between 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit and becomes dormant when temperatures cool. Cool-season grass does best when temperatures are between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit and turns brown when temperatures become warm.
Observe the shade conditions of your yard. Some types of grass have a stronger tolerance for shade than others. For example, fescue and zoysia tolerate shade better than Kentucky bluegrass or Bermuda.
Select seed that will produce grass that is drought-tolerant if you live in an area that gets little or no rain in the spring through the summer. Bermuda grass and buffalo grass are excellent choices for lawns that receive lesser amounts of rain.
Choose a tougher type of grass for yards with heavy traffic. Although most front yards are typically ornamental with little foot traffic, many back yards are used for leisure activities that can take a toll on less hardy types of grass.
Consider the climate of the area you live in. While St. Augustine and Bermuda grass can take the heat, other types of grass, such as rough bluegrass or fescue, do not tolerate extremely high temperatures.