How to Care for a Warm-Season Lawn

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Caring for a warm-season lawn can be done by starting the seeds in the fall, letting them settle through the winter and spreading more seed every year for annual grass types. Care for a warm-season lawn, choosing a local grass that does well in the... 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 how to care for a warm-season lawn. If you live in a warm climate, there's some challenges to growing grass. But there's lots of different types of varieties of grasses that grow really well in warm climates. So, do your research and find out which grass is the best for your climate. If you live in a warm climate that gets really dry in the summertime, then try Bermuda grass. So the Southern states, it seems to do really well and in the Midwest and the warmer sections to the south Zoysia grass grows really well. That's z-o-y-s-i-a. It's slow growing and it does really well. Centipede grass is used most in the southeast. It grows really well. And in Florida, people use carpet grass because it seems to like the wet and the warmer temperatures a little bit better. Bahiagrass is also a great grass that will do great in sun or shade. So if you've got a little bit of shade in your grassy area, then that's a great grass to use. And then in Florida, people use St. Augustine grass a lot because it's really a good grass to use. So, if you live in a warm climate and you want to grow your grass the best time to start your seed is in the fall, because then it has all winter to become established before it gets really hot in the summer. And most of the time, you should use perennial varieties of grass but sometimes they still turn brown and die out in the heat of the summer anyways. So annual grasses are really a good choice too. You just have to re-seed them every year. And make sure that you put your grass in an area that has good drainage with lots of sun. So in warm climates, it's best to water your lawn at night. And that way it has all night to soak and you'll use a lot less water than if you water during the day or even in the morning. Because mildew is never a problem, it doesn't matter, it's a better time to water it. And instead of just watering a little bit every day, the trick with lawns is to just soak your grass for like an hour or two once a week and make sure it is just really wet and then let it go to the point it's pretty dry and water it again. You'll find that your grass will do much better then if you leave it wet all the time or if you leave it too dry. So if you follow just a few of these tips, you will find that even if you live in a warm climate, you can have beautiful, beautiful grass in your lawn.