What are the Different Types of Grasses?

Whether you're simply seeding a new lawn, or you want to turn your property into a wonderland of lush green ornamental grasses, knowing about the different types of grasses can be a necessary step in the right direction.

Kentucky Bluegrass

Kentucky bluegrass is a cool season grass that loves partial shade and moisture. Its short root system causes it to go dormant or die in hot weather or drought conditions. Mixing Kentucky bluegrass seed with a hearty seed like rye can aid in its growth in warmer climates.


Zoysiagrass is a hearty grass that has a long root structure to aid in drought tolerance. It stands up well against sunlight and heat, but in extreme temperatures will turn brown and wither. It depends on regularly weekly watering.

Tall Fescue

Tall fescue grass is shaggy and vibrant, dark green in appearance. It is tolerant of moderate sunlight and heat but must be watered regularly to maintain a healthy appearance. It grows in bunches, so care must be taken to keep it free of weeds.

Perennial Ryegrass

Perennial ryegrass germinates quickly, but contrary to its name, it ordinarily only grows for one season. It is a vibrant and lush variety of ryegrass, and if the seed is mixed with a blend of heartier grasses, it can produce a desirable and moist lawn.

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