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Which of the Grass Types is Better For Your Lawn?

Aug 11, 2008
One may think that grass is grass and that all grasses are the same, but this couldn't be further from the truth. There a number of varieties of grass on the market today, each with its own qualities. When looking at the different grass types you may become overwhelmed. You will learn that there are ornamental grasses, crab grasses, centipede grasses and a number of other grasses that are great possibilities when landscaping your yard.

One type of grass is the Zoysia grass that in fact grows differently than other kinds of grasses. When this grass grows it actually sends out stolons or runners that allow it to expand sideways rather than vertically. The grass grows in denser that other types of grass. This is the most cost effective grass and really requires somewhat less attention than some of the other grasses on the market. There are a number of benefits to using this type of grass for landscaping.

* One of the great things about this grass is that it grows in a variety of conditions and climates. However, this is not a good choice of grass if you are living in an area with extreme heat conditions. The grass will not grow in extreme heat.

* The grass itself grows sideways and naturally fills in troubled or damaged areas on its own. It requires very little fertilizing and seeding.

* The roots are grow very deep and requires little watering.

* Feels great on the feet and skin because of its denseness.
However there are some drawbacks to using this type of grass. It is not a perfect grass by any means.

* While some people enjoy this, others do not; the grass turns brown in the winter months when the temperature drops. It cannot grow as well in extreme cold temperatures.

* The grass itself can become overpowering, meaning that once rooted it can over take your flower beds and other planted areas.

* When planting Zoysia seeds you can expect to wait at least five months before your grass starts to grow.

* If you have an existing lawn you have to use plugs in your lawn to put the Zoysia in place.

Centipede grass adapts well to low fertility conditions. This type of grass was brought from South China to the United States in the early 1900s. The growth cycle usually takes about three years to complete so this isn't the type of grass you would want for your lawn if you are looking for immediate results unless you plan to put sod in your yard instead of seeds. This type of grass grows best in full sunlight. If you are planting seeds where the iron is deficient then you might want to try adding some iron sulphate spray to enhance growth and colour. Using less nitrogen chemicals on your grass will help to keep the worms away. This type of grass does require frequent watering but it must be deep watering when is watered.
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