Grasses to Plant in North Carolina

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If you’re lucky enough to live in North Carolina, you have quite a few options for grasses that will thrive in your area. Most of North Carolina has a USDA hardiness zone of 7b, which is an excellent climate for most turfgrass varieties. This gives homeowners flexibility in their choices and means you can make your selection based on your specific needs. Check out some of our favorite grasses for planting in North Carolina below so you can make the best choice for your yard!

Kentucky Bluegrass

Kentucky bluegrass is one of the most popular grass choices in North Carolina due to its delicate texture and strong cold tolerance. It holds up well to foot traffic and naturally resists pests, making it attractive to many homeowners. In North Carolina, we recommend planting Kentucky bluegrass with heat-tolerant grass like Tall Fescue since it tends to struggle in hotter conditions.

Bermuda Grass

Bermuda grass offers deep color and firm texture that can withstand heavy foot traffic. This grass is coarser, allowing it to withstand wear and tear while recovering from damage quickly and effortlessly. Its color is dark emerald green and requires full sunlight to thrive. It requires at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight each day and grows quickly under the right conditions.


Zoysiagrass is a great choice for those seeking a low-maintenance option that can withstand heavy use and foot traffic. Its blades are thick and dark green, providing high heat and drought tolerance. Zoysiagrass dense growth makes it feel thick and cushy and makes an excellent option for a family home yard.

Tall Fescue Grass

Tall Fescue grass is seen widely across the US and has a traditional dark green color with narrow, strong blades. Tall Fescue is highly resistant to shade, cold, heat, and drought, making it a great option for areas prone to unexpected weather. This is a good option for yards that may not be well-suited to higher-maintenance grasses. It can also be mixed in with existing grass to provide additional weather resistance to your entire lawn.

Fine Fescue Grass

Fine Fescue grass boasts extremely fine, bright green blades that thrive in all sorts of soil conditions. While it is shade and drought-tolerant, the fine blades do not hold up against heavy direct sunlight and are not recommended for yards that receive more than six to eight hours a day. The delicate blades are also easily damaged by foot traffic. If you like the look of Fine Fescue, we recommend mixing the seeds with a more robust seed such as Tall Fescue, which will encourage spread to cover your yard more easily.

Perennial Ryegrass

Perennial ryegrass benefits from a very fast germination rate, so it can be used to fill open spaces or dirt quickly. Its coarse, bright green blades require at least six hours of direct sunlight each day to thrive, so check your shade coverage before planting this variety. It also does well when planted with Kentucky bluegrass to provide additional weather resistance.

Centipede Grass

Centipede grass is one of the slower-growing grasses on our list. It is known for its bright green color and versatility. Its coarse texture and heat resistance make it an extremely low-maintenance option. While Centipede grass can be picky about the type of soil it grows in, North Carolina has nearly ideal conditions. The downside is that it can become easily damaged or matted down due to foot traffic, but if you are looking for an easy, low-maintenance option, Centipede grass could be a perfect choice.

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