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Decisions, Decisions: Lawn Installation or Which Grass is Best for My Lawn?

You open the patio doors and gaze out at your lawn, which has just weathered another cold Virginia winter. As your eyes scan your sad and neglected lawn, you see wire grass and dirt patches. There are holes and pits.

It needs a lot of attention.

So, as you sip on your cup of coffee, you think: Now, what should I do? I have a clean slate here. What type of grass would be best to plant?

It’s a good question and actually the first and most important question you should ask. What type of grass is most appropriate for my Virginia lawn? There are many types of grass and not all of them work in all locations.

So, here are Six Types of Grass that you may want to consider for your lawn installation:

1. Zoysia: One of the best for turf cover though it can be difficult to grow at times. It can be established by vegetative parts and seeds. It is low maintenance and its leaves feel like Bermuda grass. Its also a strong grass meaning it can handle a lot of beating and usage. It requires very little water and grows all during the summer.

2. Perennial Ryegrass: This grass is usually combined with Kentucky Bluegrass. Able to withstand droughts but sensitive to cold weather.

3. Kentucky Bluegrass: This quality, medium to fine texture turf is one of the most popular grasses grown in Virginia. It handles cold temperatures well   and is seen mainly in mountains of SW and Central Virginia. You can also repair damaged sections without having to reseed it. Bluegrass also grows well in shade and sun. It may take about three months to grow.

4. Tall Fescue: Tall Fescue: This low-maintenance grass is for lawns that don’t have a coarse texture. Tall Fescue is one of the most tolerant grasses as it can withstand insects, traffic and diseases. It may take a while to get it to grow, but when it does, it will stay for a long time as its roots are deep. Not even droughts can kill it. You will have to mow them often but they withstand even the coldest Central Virginia winters.

5. Fine Fescue: This grass stays green all during the year. It is shade tolerant and can survive droughts. You don’t need to water or fertilize it as often as some other grasses. It also thrives in poor soil conditions. It is also recommended that you blend it with Kentucky Bluegrass.   

6. Bermuda Grass: “Tough”. “Resilient”. Those are the descriptions you often hear for Bermuda. However, it does have its limitations. Cold climates can damage it. Yet, it is still a popular type of warm-weather grass. It is high-maintenance as it needs certain nutrition requirements. Great grass to have but expect to spend lots of time (and some coin) on maintaining it.

So, before you do business as usual on your lawn installation, look at all the possibilities. This may be a good year to plant a different grass or combination of grasses. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Williams Loader Service seeds and sods new yards. Our lawn installation services also include seeding, fertilizing and strawing. Contact Williams Loader Service at (434) 589-3759 for a lawn installation consultation or email at susan@williamsloaderservice.com.

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