4 Grasses That Thrive in The Carolinas

  • Written by: Killingsworth Environmental
  • May 03, 2018

Grasses That Will Thrive in The Carolinas

As a lawn owner, you strive to have a lawn that looks its best all year round. Choosing a grass type that will stand up to the variety of Carolina temperatures and water conditions, as well as your yard’s conditions is crucial!  

Here are four grass types that have the ability to thrive in the Carolinas with the right care:   

1. Kentucky bluegrass

Originally from Europe and northern Asia, Kentucky bluegrass was first introduced to the U.S as a pasture grass in the “bluegrass state” of Kentucky. KBG (short for Kentucky bluegrass) has since become a popular seed type for many Americans to grow their lawns with and is said to grow the “ideal lawn”.

Ordinarily a cool-season grass, certain varietals of Kentucky bluegrass can grow particularly well in the Carolinas (excluding the coast).

When properly cared for, KBG will have a rich green color, lush texture, and strong durability. In cases of extreme drought or temperature you’ll see Kentucky bluegrass go dormant in order to survive.

It is common for Kentucky bluegrass seed to be mixed with another seed varietal in order to reap the benefits that come from both and ultimately grow a great lawn.

2. Tall Fescue

Like many other cool-season grasses, tall fescue originated in Europe and was introduced to the agricultural U.S in the 1800’s. It wasn’t until the mid to late 1900’s that Americans in the northern states started using tall fescue for their lawns.

Over the years, this cool-season grass developed a resistance to heat which allowed it to grow in different climate regions. The Carolinas are often called transition states as many of these northern state grasses have adapted to grow further south.

Tall fescue is a versatile grass with the ability to grow in heat, drought, and shade. Disease, a common issue with lawns in this area is almost never an issue with a tall fescue lawn. Also, a tall fescue lawn is easy and quick to establish from seed. When in full bloom, a fescue lawn will look healthy, lush, and full!

3. Zoysia Grass

Zoysia grass is native to Asia but has been growing in the southern parts of the U.S for the last 100 years.

As Zoysia is a warm-season grass, it begins it’s growth period in the late spring months and peaks during the height of summer. In the Carolinas, we see our fair share of hot temps, but we are also no stranger to a little bit of colder weather in the winter. Zoysia has built an endurance for those cold temperatures too!  

Besides its extreme weather tolerability, Zoysia can grow in areas of light shade, high traffic, and drought well. Also, Zoysia’s thick density allows it to block any weeds that might try to penetrate through a lawns surface.  

4. Bermuda grass

Native to tropical and subtropical countries, Bermuda grass has been a prominent grass type in the southern states of the U.S for the last 200 years.

Bermuda grass has many unique characteristics. It is by all means a warm season grass; requires full sun to grow; and is tolerant to heat, drought, and humidity. It should also be kept in mind that bermuda requires a good amount of drainage. More so than any other grass type, Bermuda grass is sensitive to cold temperatures which prevents it from growing in the northern states.

The roots of Bermuda grass’ don’t grow any further than 6 inches below the ground, but it can quickly grow up to six feet tall. The amount of maintenance a bermuda grass lawn requires is demanding and deters some from choosing to grow it.

Nevertheless, its ability to withstand hot temperatures and drought conditions proves to be worth the work for most Carolinians who choose to grow Bermuda grass in their yards.

Choosing a grass seed type that’s best suited for your yard, climate, and region might prove to be more than you can handle. That’s ok! Sometimes hiring a professional to help you care for your lawn can be a big help! Schedule a hassle free, no obligation consultation with us today!

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