Did you know a healthy lawn is not just attractive and a source of pride, but a boost to your home value, a positive factor in the value of your home, and a way to reduce air and noise pollution and keep temps down? This post will give you some tips to take care of North Carolina grasses.
Types of North Carolina Grasses
The first thing to consider is the type of grass you’re working with. You need a grass that will grow well in NC and the part of the NC you live in. You’ll also need to think about your lifestyle and priorities. How much time and money are you willing to invest in caring for your lawn? How will you use your lawn? The more grass will be walked on, the stronger it needs to be.
Cool-season grasses thrive in the western part of the state, the mountains and piedmont, where it’s cooler. Their peak growing times are in the spring and fall, and they stay green in the winter. They are susceptible to stress in the summer.
Cool-season grasses include:
- Kentucky Bluegrass
- Perennial Rye
- Tall fescue
- Fine fescues like creeping red, hard, and chewings
Warm-season grasses need warmer weather and thrive in the eastern part of the state. There is some overlap in the piedmont, but the farther east you go, the more you’ll need to stick to grasses that can stand the heat.
These grasses will grow most during the summer and become brown in the fall and winter to get green again in the spring.
Warm-season grasses include:
- St. Augustinegrass
Bahiagrass is a low-maintenance grass that isn’t very attractive and is difficult to mow. It is unusually hardy. It’s rarely chosen for lawns but is used as a utility grass along roadsides and in similar applications.
Choosing Your Grass
There are a variety of things you should consider when selecting one of these grasses. Many of these grasses can be grown from seeds, but some pretty much have to be grown from sod.
You will need to determine how often you can or will mow and fertilize your lawn or how much you are willing to pay a professional to do it for you. Some lawns grow very quickly and need a lot of care, while others are more low maintenance. You’ll have to choose the grass that fits your priorities and budget.
Will the grass get a lot of shade or sun? Grasses vary a great deal in how much sun they need. Find one that will thrive in your yard.
North Carolina grasses also vary in color and texture. You may find lighter or darker grasses and ones that are soft, medium, or coarse. Texture is another area where you will need to think practically. Soft grass will take less punishment than medium or coarse grasses will, so they won’t suit property that gets a lot of foot traffic or where lawn care isn’t prioritized.