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How to Pick a Grass Variety

Learn how to pick a grass variety from landscape architect Patrick Weisel in this Howcast video.


In this video we're going to talk about how to choose a grass variety. The first thing you are going to have to consider is; what part of the country are you in? There are warm season grasses and there are cool season grasses. If you are in the South you are going to need to consider warm season grasses, but if you are in the North, say north of Virginia, you'll want to consider the cool season grasses. Beyond that the really critical factor for most grass selection, whether warm season or cool season is; how much sun do you have? There are sun loving species and there are shade tolerant species. If you have a lot of sun, meaning six hours or more, then you can go with a sun loving species. But if you're planting your lawn under trees and its going to get dappled sunlight or filtered shade, then you'll definitely be wanting to use shade tolerant grass species. The key to remember, though, with shade tolerant grass species is the key work tolerant. Turf grass merely tolerates shade, it doesn't like it, so if you're planning on planting turf underneath say a dense conifer stand where it really doesn't get any sun, or say it's up against the north side of a building where it's going to get no sunlight whatsoever, you'd be better off to choose a ground cover. Grass needs some sun. It merely tolerates shade. Those are my grass selection tips.

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