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What Type of Grass Do I Have?
Depending on which area of the country you live, your lawn will most likely have different types of grasses. In the South, grasses that can beat the heat fair better. Whereas in the north, grasses that can weather harsh winters and cooler spring and fall seasons flourish best.
NORTHERN GRASSES THAT LIGHT UP YOUR LAWN
Most northern lawns are a combination of fescues, Kentucky bluegrass, and ryegrass. When mixed correctly, these grasses can form a dense, lush turf that provides a deep-green color that’s easy on the eyes yet durable enough to be easy on the upkeep as well.
Fine fescue is actually a grouping of various fescue species of grasses such as chewings fescue, hard fescue, red fescue, and sheep fescue. As the name implies, fescue blades have a very fine, almost hair-like texture and do well in shaded areas but not in hot and dry conditions.
Kentucky bluegrass isn’t just a popular music type, it’s also one of the most popular grasses in the North. It has a deep green, almost blue color with excellent texture and grows from a very extensive system of rhizomes (science-talk for underground stems that produce new plants). However, it does not grow well in deep shade and goes dormant during droughts so it needs sun and showers to look its best.
It’s easy to take a shining to Ryegrass due to the shine it gives off. Ryegrass also leaves a "whitish" cast when mowed with a sharp blade and shreds when mowed with a dull blade. It has visible veins on the leaf blade and is primarily found in cool-season areas of the north.
Despite the ability to tolerate the heat, Tall fescue is typically considered a cool- season grass. In some lawns, patches of tall fescue may stick out and appear as a grassy weed. It also has the widest leaf blade and grows in bunches, so you won’t see it used very often in seed mixes.