Selecting the Right Grass Type

Lawn Care Tips from SavATree

A key component to having a great lawn is selecting the right turf variety for your property. There are a few factors to consider when it comes to growing grass that will best meet your needs. These handy tips will provide step-by-step help to determine the best types of grass for your lawn care program.

Lawn Tip #1: Determine the best types of grass for your climate.

While this may sound confusing, climate maps make it easy! Simply find your location on this special map of the U.S. to determine your specific climate zone.

For additional care, SavaLawn’s lawn care experts are available to meet with you and discuss your lawn care program preferences and develop a personalized program that helps you meet your lawn care objectives. SavaLawn offer many varieties of lawn care programs including natural lawn care programs, we even offer organic lawn care options.

Lawn Tip #2: Evaluate the conditions and environment of your lawn.

Sun Light
Does your lawn see mostly sun throughout the day, mostly shade, or a combination of the two? Perhaps parts of your lawn see mainly sun, while other areas are mostly shady. Making note of these factors will help you to determine the best types of grass for your lawn.

Moisture Level
Another consideration is the amount of water your landscape will naturally receive and retain. If your lawn is in an area prone to drought, there are certain types of grasses to consider. On the other hand, if you live in an area that receives a lot of precipitation, or if your lawn is prone to flooding or retaining water, different types of grass will thrive better.

Soil Type and pH
It's also beneficial to determine the kind of soil you have, as this may affect the amount of maintenance required. For instance, some types of grass thrive in sandy soil while others prefer a more clay based composition. In addition, the pH level of your soil, plays a part in determining what grass plants will do well in your property. The pH level tells your lawn care expert the amount of nutrients and fertilizer that are already in the soil. If it's determined insufficient, they may be able to design a nutrient program to compensate.  

Lawn Tip #3: Take into Account Lifestyle and Lawn Care Preferences.

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If your lawn is like a fine painting—to be enjoyed but not touched, there are types of grass that will thrive beautifully. On the other hand, if your landscape is a lush green playground for children and pets, be sure to select types of grass that are more durable against wear and tear.

Maintenance and Upkeep
Your tolerance for maintenance and upkeep helps to determine the best type of grass to fit your lifestyle. For some, landscape maintenance is a hobby. These do-it-yourselfers enjoy activities from planting grass seed, fertilizing, and may even have their own lawn aerator. They wouldn't dream of hiring a lawn care service, they're having too much fun!

Then there are those who view landscape maintenance as a terrible chore and prefer a type of grass that minimizes landscape maintenance requirements and is less prone to problems such as lawn fungus or insects. They are grateful to just hire a lawn care company to deal with it. Most people fall somewhere in between, and a professional lawn care service can help to determine the best types of grass based on your lawn care program preferences.

Following these tips for selecting the best types of grass for your landscape will help you to develop the best lawn care program and enjoy a lush green welcome mat for years to come.

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