Here in Houston, with our bountiful rain, having a lush green lawn isn’t as difficult as it is for some other areas of the country. However, keeping your lawn lush and green requires some maintenance. This maintenance includes:
- regular watering
Most people may have the misconception that “grass is grass”, but there are several varieties each with their own characteristics.
The Different Kinds of Grass To Choose From
St. Augustine: This grass is dense and thick and is extremely cold tolerant. It fares well in sandy soils that have adequate organic matter.
Bermuda: This grass is drought tolerant and rapid growing. Not as cold tolerant as St. Augustine. Not everyone likes this kind of grass, though. In fact some people even consider it more like a weed because if you ever want to get rid of it…
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Zoysia: Fine textured grass that grows well in partial shade. Disease and insect resistant, slower growing than St Augustine.
Ryegrass: Seasonal grass used during cold months to add color.
Downsides for Each Grass Type
As with most things there are particular shortcomings for each type of grass. Knowing these will help prevent problems in the future.
St Augustine Disadvantages:
- Fungal disease known as brown patch… common in areas/times of high humidity.
- Chinch bugs can destroy large sections
- White grubs can also destroy this lawn
- Does not fare well in the shade
Bermuda Grass Disadvantages:
- Nuisance in gardens and flower beds
- Browns after first frost and remains brown until spring
- Weeds grow easily in it
- Prone to fungus
Zoysia Grass Disadvantages:
- Needs lots of water
- Slow growing
- Needs shade
Rye Grass Disadvantages:
- Temporary ground cover
- Seed planting
- Can be patchy
Tips To Ensure a Healthy Lawn
Start with good soil.
Prepare soil in advance to planting or sodding to ensure the best start for your new lawn. This can include adding organic matter and grading the surface to eliminate areas that may not provide adequate drainage.
Water regularly, especially when newly planted.
Fertilize your lawn when needed and be sure to mow it regularly. Also, always keep an eye out for possible diseases (does it have brown patches?), pests, and a fungus growing (see mushrooms growing?).