A Guide to Grass Varieties for Your Custom Home Lawn
Finding the best grass variety to plant for your new custom home lawn can be a challenge. The right grass can greatly increase the appeal of your house. However, the variety of available options can leave you feeling overwhelmed. This post will help you make an informed decision for your lawn by addressing the top contenders for our region.
Let’s begin with Zoysia grass. It is a warm-weather grass suitable for lawns across the southern U.S. You won’t need to put much work in its upkeep, as it is a low maintenance grass.
One thing to note is that Zoysia grass establishes more slowly than some other warm season lawn grasses, but as it slowly grows it forms a very dense carpet of grass beneath that feels lush under foot. In fact, the grass grows so dense, few lawn weeds are able to penetrate a healthy mass of established Zoysia lawn. The grass spreads by above-ground stems called ‘stolons’ and underground stems called ‘rhizomes’. This combination of above and below ground stems allows for the thick, dense growth and earns it favor from warm-climate sod producers and families that use their lawns heavily for lawn games and entertaining. Read more at Wikilawn…
To highlight one point from the article, Zoysia grass is fairly weed resistant. This is great news, as it makes maintenance all the easier.
Centipede grass is another top choice. It is a great low-maintenance, high-quality option. It is also a warm-weather grass that is more shade tolerant than others. The following post highlights what you need to know about its maintenance:
After your centipede grass lawn is established, it needs very little maintenance, but it does need some. Centipede grass maintenance involves occasional fertilizing and watering. Fertilize your centipede grass twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Lightly apply a nitrogen rich fertilizer once in the spring and again in the fall. Fertilizing any more than this can lead to problems with your centipede grass lawn. Water your centipede grass only when it starts to show signs of water stress during times of drought. Water stress signs include a faded color or wilted look to the grass. When watering during drought, water once a week deeply, rather than several times a week shallowly. Read more at Gardening Know How…
Along with being a low maintenance lawn option, centipede grass does not require a lot of nutrients. It can also be cut more easily compared to other lawn grasses.
The third good option you should consider is Bermuda grass. In contrast to the aforementioned options, Bermuda grass is high maintenance and requires more nutrients. Still, it has its pros. Below is an overview of Bermuda grass:
Bermudagrass is a perennial warm-season grass. This means that it comes back every year and grows most actively from late spring through hot, humid summer months. Bermudagrass is more sensitive to cold temperatures than warm-season Zoysia grass or cool-season grasses, such as turf-type tall fescue. This lack of cold tolerance prevents its widespread use in the north. Its spread ranges from the Atlantic coast, across the southern states, and into California. Bermuda grass flourishes in sites with full, direct sun and good drainage. It has superior heat, salt, humidity and drought tolerances. Although the majority of Bermuda’s roots stay within 6 inches of the surface, they can reach 6 feet or more in depth.(1) This extensive root system provides more resilience against environmental stresses than other warm-season grasses. Read more at Wikilawn…
The benefit of planting Bermuda grass is that it is durable and drought tolerant. It is also pest resistant. However, when it comes to maintenance, you will need to apply fertilizer each month during its peak growth. You may also need to mow your lawn twice a week during this period.
At the end of the day, a beautiful lawn is a great investment for your custom new home. It will create an ideal space for you and your family to gather and recreate. If you’ve been looking for the best custom home builder in the Fort Mill, SC region, then call Oz Custom Home Builders. We’ll walk you through every step of the journey and construct the house of your dreams. Call us today at (803) 242-0050 to discuss your vision for your home. Or, reach out to us via the contact form on our website and we’ll get back to you. We look forward to speaking with you.