Types of Grasses for Your Lawn

Published March 29, 2022

Intro:
It should come as no surprise that there’s so much confusion among homeowners when it comes to what type of grass you currently have on your lawn and how best to care for it. At Green Pro, we are experts on what works best for the Greater Tulsa area and the different zones therein, and we want to help educate homeowners on how best to care for your lawn. Of course there are pros and cons with any choice; we have listed several below, so you can make the most informed choice about what is best for your lawn and...

Lawns. We water them, hoe them, weed them, and care for them, but how many of us really understand them – and especially the grass that defines them? 

It should come as no surprise that there’s so much confusion among homeowners when it comes to what type of grass you currently have on your lawn and how best to care for it. There’s so much information out there, with different types of grass and different zones and areas requiring different types of care. At Green Pro, we are experts on what works best for the Greater Tulsa area and the different zones therein, and we want to help educate homeowners on how best to care for their lawn.

Three types of grasses will thrive best in our zone, USDA Hardiness Map 6b. We spend a great deal of time in our daily outings caring for our clients’ lawns and have every tool and necessary seed, fertilizer, and fungus spray to care for each. Of course, there are pros and cons with any choice; we have listed several below, so you can make the most informed choice about what is best for your lawn and landscape.

Bermuda Grass 

Bermuda grass is a favorite of homeowners, with over 80% of lawns in the Greater Tulsa area. Due to its fast growth, ability to withstand heat and overall low maintenance, it’s no wonder why clients continue to choose Bermuda grass!

Pros: 

  1. Bermuda grass can withstand lots of traffic – particularly if you’re a homeowner with a high volume of children and dogs, you want grass that is durable and strong. 
  2. Bermuda grass is drought and heat tolerant. Since summers in Oklahoma are so hot, Bermuda grass can handle the heavy sun and heat without breaking your bank when the water bill arrives. 
  3. Bermuda grass grows speedily and deeply. Bermuda seeds attach to moist soil quickly and with a deep root system.

Cons: 

  1. Oklahoma winters can be hard on your landscape, and Bermuda grass is no exception. If you install this type of grass, you may find your lawn turning brown in winter, but don’t worry! We’re here to help with re-seeding and getting that vibrant green color year-long!
  2. Given that Bermuda grass thrives in the full sun, if you have a lot of shade in your yard, you may need to choose a different option.
  3. Bermuda grass is known as a “creeping” grass. But our weekly lawn care can fight back those creepers so that don’t grow in places you don’t want them!

Fescue

Fescues have always been known primarily as shade grass; as a result, homeowners have traditionally chosen a different type of grass. But with over 300 seed varieties now, homeowners in our area can plant fescue grass and see great results. About 15% of our customers have chosen this lawn and we at Green Pro believe we’ll be seeing more of it as its popularity rises. Softer than Bermuda grass, Fescue is a beautiful option.

Pros: 

  1. Fescue grass grows best in temperate climates. It loves the cool seasons of spring and fall.
  2. Fescue grass stays green year round! 
  3. Fescue grass actually loves to be a bit taller than most grasses. Homeowners looking for a low maintenance grass that doesn’t need constant mowing consider this a great option. 
  4. Fescue grass doesn’t mind foot-traffic and although it looks like a more delicate blade of grass, it won’t be hurt by children playing or a fun yard game with friends.

Cons: 

  1. It can go dormant in the summer months without a careful eye attending to it. 
  2. There’s been a constant chatter about whether or not Fescue has a pretty appearance. But beauty often lies in the eye of the beholder. 

Zoysia

Zoysia is a common grass with fine to medium blades. It usually grows a bit darker in color and tends to grow well in warm, temperate climates. It’s not as popular with homeowners in the Tulsa area, which may be due to some of the harsh winters we have. At Green Pro, we service a small number of lawns with this grass seed. 

Pros: 

  1. Strong and durable with a deep root system once established.
  2. Zoysia can endure high temperatures and drought like conditions.
  3. It is usually pest and disease resistant. 

Cons: 

  1. Zoysia grass usually takes 24 months to fully root. 
  2. When the first cold hits, it will turn brown immediately. 
  3. This grass requires a lot of water to grow in the beginning. However, once fully established, it is a highly tolerant grass.

At Green Pro, we’re well versed in caring for all types of grasses, no matter what you’ve chosen or had laying in your yard. Our team is dedicated to providing our customers with a level of satisfaction, unlike anything you’ve seen before. Green Pro believes that some of the best memories happen on the lawns of America, which is why we strive to be attentive, knowledgeable, and detail-oriented about the grass on which those memories are made!

If you’re needing some guidance about choosing a lawn or would like to reseed or fertilize what you currently have, call us today!

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