Best Types of Grass Seed

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The best types of grass seed are those that do well in the specific climate, but any mixed perennial grass will do well in most areas. Pick out the grass seed that will thrive in the local climate with plant tips from a sustainable gardener in this free... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi. This is Yolanda Vanveen. And in this segment, we're going to talk about the best types of grass. Now I have a spot here where there was a little flowerbed, and we decided to make it into the lawn again. So when I'm going to buy new grass to reseed it, first of all, the best time to reseed is in the Spring and in the Fall. So you don't want to reseed in the middle of the Winter, in the middle of the Summer. Because in the Winter, it's too cold if you live in a cold climate. And in the Summer, it's too hot and dry, and it's hard for the grass seed to start when it's so dry. So in the Spring and the Fall is the best time. So I'm going to wait until the Spring. And here in the Northwest of America, I have found that any type of a mixed perennial grass are the best choices. And Kentucky bluegrass is always a really good choice, and perennial rye grass is a good choice. I've gone and looked at different types of grasses, and a lot of them will have annual grasses. And if you live in a cold climate, you don't want to put the annual grasses in your lawn, because they won't come back from year to year. If you live in a really hot climate where it's really hard to grow grass and you've got to start seed every year, then an annual is okay. But in the Northwest, the best type of grasses are the bluegrasses and the rye grasses. Now, there's also a type of grass called red fescue, and that's f-e-s-c-u-e. And that's also a pretty good choice for the northwest. And that does really well in the shade. So if you want to have an area where you have a little bit of shade and you still want grass in that area, then fescue is the best choice. And also, Newport Kentucky bluegrass will do okay in a little bit of shade, too. But generally, rye grasses and bluegrasses do want as much sun as possible. If you live in a warmer climate, then there's different types of grasses for you to select from. And then, Bermuda grass is probably the best grass for really warm climates. If you're over 80 degrees all the time, then go with the Bermuda grass. And they can handle a lot of high heat and even a lot of drought. They don't need a lot of water. They'll survive. A slower-growing but probably a more successful grass, in the end, is a zoysia. And that's z-o-y-s-i-a, zoysia grass. And they do best in the warmer Midwest areas and in the South. If you live in an area like Florida or the Gulf Coast, where you have a lot of sand, then carpet grass is probably the best choice for you there. They like it wet and warm. So they like warmer climates, but they still want some moisture. If you live in a warm climate and you have some shade that you want grass to grow in, bahia grass is the best grass for that situation. That's b-a-h-i-a. And it does really well in a really hot climates, sun or shade. And it'll stay green for most of the year, whereas a lot of the other grasses do turn yellow in the heat of the Summer. And the last warm climate grass, St. Augustine grass. And it does really well in Florida, in St. Augustine, Florida. And also does really well in sand. Now for golf courses, they use a grass called bentgrass. And it's really strong, and they seed it very thickly, and it seems to hold up to use in a golf course. So bentgrass is usually used at golf courses. And then places like Alaska, the bluegrass works the best there or fescue. So bluegrass or fescues if you live in Alaska-type climate. So there's so many different types of grasses to select from. And my theory is to mix them up. And any mix of a perennial variety is probably your best choice. And try it, and you'll find that almost any grass you'll be successful with.