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Cool Season & Warm Season Lawns

There are many types of grass that can be grown in different areas with optimal results, but the seasons are also going to play a major role in those results. Today, we are going to give you a good list of grass types and how well they grow depending on the weather conditions and the time of the year.

Cool season grasses

There are several types of grass that are going to grow much faster and with a better look during cool seasons. Some of them include the Kentucky bluegrass, Fine Fescue, Perennial Ryegrass; Bentgrass, and the Tall fescue. They are more likely to grow properly at temperatures of 60 to 75 Fahrenheit and this means that spring and fall are ideal for these types of grass. They are also ideally fertilized during those two seasons.

Kentucky Bluegrass Cool Season Lawn

These grass types (C-3 plants) begin their carbohydrate production with a 3 carbon compound. Their roots grow optimally at 55 degrees.

Warm season grasses

The warm season grasses are known for growing quite fast during the warm season. These grass types include the Bahia, the Bermuda, the Centipede, the St.Augustine and the Zoysia. They grow properly when they are at temperatures of 80 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit and this means that the optimal season for their growth are the Spring and summer.

Warm Season Bermuda Grass with Dew

Conclusion

Knowing which type of grass is going to grow better during each season is going to allow you to make the right kind of purchase and you will see optimal results when growing your grass.


Cool Season Warm Season

Grass Types

Kentucky Bluegrass
Fine Fescue
Perennial Ryegrass
Bentgrass
Tall Fescue

Bahia
Bermuda
Centipede
St. Augustine
Zoysia

Grows best at temperatures

60-75 degrees Fahrenheit
(15.5-24 degrees celsius)

80-95 degrees Fahrenheit
(27-35 degrees celsius)

Growth Season

Spring and Fall

Spring and Summer

Best time to fertilize well

Spring and Fall

Spring and Summer

Best temperature
for Root Growth

55 degrees

80 degrees

Best time for high
Nitrogen (N) lawn food

Spring and Fall

Spring and Summer

Best time for Root Growth
Lawn Food (P) (K)

Summer

Fall




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