Grass Type 101: Getting To Know The Grass Growing In Your Yard

Spring is right around the corner and unless you have established your current lawn yourself you might not know what type of grass you have. While it might not seem important to know your grass type, if you intend to repair or re-establish parts of your lawn, it’s something you’ll want to get right. You don’t want two different shades of grass ruining the uniformity of your lawn. 

The right grass type may not be the one you like best, but rather the type that is best adapted to where you live. For example, Kentucky bluegrass is best suited for Central and Eastern Kentucky while Bermudagrass and zoysiagrass are better suited for Western Kentucky. Knowing which grass type does best in your yard will save you a lot of money and headache in the long run. Here is a list of the best types of grass for Kentucky yards.

Kentucky Bluegrass

Our state’s namesake grass is named so for good reason. Kentucky bluegrass is a cool-season grass which means it grows in the spring and fall. Bluegrass is great for building yards from scratch thanks to its fast-growing root system and quick ability to recover from foot traffic and damage. On the downside, Kentucky bluegrass is vulnerable to insects and disease which is why it is recommended to overseed with other cool-season grasses to boost its resistance. It grows best in well-drained soils with some light shade to full sun. 


Fine Fescue

Fine fescue is ideal for yards with cool shady areas, dry areas, or areas with bad soil quality. This hardy grass doesn’t need constant attention and fertilization. Mix with other seeds to gain the benefit of drought resistance and the ability to grow in poor soils.


Tall Fescue

Tall fescue is a versatile grass that is widely adapted for turfgrass in Kentucky. It does well in heavy clay to sandy soils. It has a good tolerance for foot traffic and has no serious pest problems. Weeds are hardly an issue with tall fescue since it is very competitive. The only time you need to water tall fescue is during times of drought. Because it is a fast grower, tall fescue requires more mowing than Kentucky bluegrass and is susceptible to brown patch in the summer.

Perennial Ryegrass

Perennial Ryegrass

Perennial ryegrass is a drought-resistant, cool-season grass that enjoys plenty of sunlight. New fine-leaf perennial ryegrass blends well with Kentucky bluegrass. Perennial ryegrass can establish faster than other turfgrasses and will crowd out annoying weeds. Perennial ryegrass won’t do well alone in the summer heat unless irrigated or mixed with other grass types.


Zoysia Grass

Zoysia Grass is a warm-season grass which means it starts to grow in the summer and goes dormant in the fall and winter. Zoysia grass is loved for its ability to resist intense heat, drought, and foot traffic. The only downside is that its dormant color contrasts with other cool-season grasses from October through mid-April.


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