Best Grass Types In Tennessee
- March 21, 2019
Whether you just bought a new home, are trying to establish new turf, or you’re just trying to beef up your grass to make it more resistant to pests and disease, it’s important to know which types of grass grow best in our area. In Tennessee there are six common types of grass that are used as turf grass and make wonderful lawns. Luckily the pros at 4-EverGreen know the right type of grass for your yard and have the lawn care programs to help you get the most out of your lawn.
The most common cool-season grass in the state is fescue. It’s well suited for growing in cool, humid regions and not very tolerant to hot summer temperatures. Fescue is a good choice to mix in with warm-season grasses as it is very tolerant of drought conditions, disease, and traffic from walking and playing.
– Pests/Diseases: brown patch, leaf spot
Kentucky bluegrass is a cool-season grass that’s best adapted for the fall and winter months. It’s favored by homeowners as a turfgrass because it retains its beautiful green color for the majority of the year. This grass prefers full sun so it’s ideal for yards that receive a lot of direct sunlight. Bluegrass is a moderately demanding grass, requiring regular watering. If summers are too hot bluegrass will go dormant, so it’s best to mix in heat tolerant grasses.
– Pests/Diseases: dollar spot, leaf spot
Ryegrass is the grass of choice for golf courses, parks, and other recreational areas because of it’s high tolerance to wear and tear. Of all cool-season grasses, this is the toughest but requires more attention than other grasses and is very sensitive to drought. Mix ryegrass into your yard to keep your yard looking green through the cooler months and bolster its strength. Ryegrass is usually overseeded in winter months for best results.
– Pests/Diseases: billbugs, gray leaf spot, leaf spot,
Bermuda grass does the best in full sun as it requires a lot of sunshine to perform at its best. This grass is usually reserved for football fields and golf courses but it has found a place in many Tennessee lawns. It’s great for establishing lawns quickly but can become a nuisance as it tends to overcrowd other grass types. Bermuda grass requires monthly fertilization, frequent irrigation, and due to its fast growth, usually needs to be mowed at least twice per week.
– Pests/Diseases: sod webworms, mole crickets, armyworms, dollar spot
Zoysiagrass is a warm-season grass that does well in moderate light making it perfect for properties with a nice amount of shade from trees. If you don’t like to mow very often then this is the grass type for you. This disease resistant grass is also durable and can handle quite a bit of traffic. But because it is a slow grower it is also slow to recover.
– Pests/Diseases: Zoysia patch, grubs, sod webworms, mole crickets, armyworms
Deciding on a grass type for your lawn is a hard choice, especially if you aren’t sure which type of yard you have. The experts at 4-EverGreen can help. With our overseeding service, we can get you the yard you’ve always dreamed of.
Just call us at one of our 3 locations or leave a message on our site for more information.