While spring started off unseasonably warm, it slowed to a halt with much cooler than normal temperatures throughout most of May. Now as we come off of nearly a week of torrential rains, many of us may be wishing for warmer and drier weather!
Last month here on the blog, we discussed the differences between cool season and warm season grasses and the pros and cons of each specific to our area (Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Radford, Pulaski, Giles, VA, Bluefield, WV, and beyond.) We concluded that most homeowners opt for cool season grasses because of these reasons.
As a follow up, we wanted to dive deeper into some of the different types of cool season grasses, along with their pros and cons. On the whole, cool season grasses are better established in the fall, which is why we generally recommend fall, not spring, as the best time to seed your lawn. Just coming off Memorial Day, most of us are in summer mode; however, fall will be here before we know it! Now is a great time to be thinking about what kind of grass is best to plant if you are considering trying to repair bare and dead spots in your lawn.
When considering the best type of grass for your lawn, you’ll want to look at the specifics of your yard as far as sun and shade and how much traffic it gets (pets, kids, etc.). We recommend you consider these factors when looking for the best grass:
With this in mind, check out the pros and cons we’ve compiled—based on several Virginia Cooperative Extension publications—for each of the main types of cool season grasses:
Types of Cool Season Grasses and Their Pros & Cons
There are three species of fine-leaf fescues used in Virginia: hard, chewings, and creeping red.
Many times, packaged grass seed is a mix of two or more of these types of seed to maximize the best features of each. For example, bluegrass and ryegrass seed combinations are very common to maximize the quick establishment of the ryegrass and the long-term creeping characteristic of the bluegrass. “Sun and shade” mixes are typically bluegrass for the sun and fine fescue for the shade.
If you want to get into the nitty gritty of the best kind of grass varieties for your lawn, you can check out the Virginia Turfgrass Variety Recommendations published by VCE. This annual document gives recommendations from the turfgrass experts at Virginia Tech. Click here to see the 2019-2020 recommendations.
Like we said, if you have bare and dead spots in your lawn, and you don’t want to worry about doing the work of seeding yourself, give Green Care a call today. We can arrange to fit you into our schedule for a core aeration and overseeding this fall!