Identifying Common Grass Species
A beautiful yard does more than increase your home’s curb appeal. It’s the special hangout for creating happy memories. From barbecues and parties to quiet moments together, your landscaping is a big part of what makes your home inviting.
If you have neighbors that aren’t as particular as you and allow various grasses or weeds to invade their yard, you will have trouble keeping them out of yours. It’s even worse if you live next to an open field or lot where noxious weeds and unwanted types of grass creep into your space.
Getting To Know Your Lawn
Early in the season, it’s really hard to tell one type of grass from the other. In fact, there are more than 12,000 species, with some as old as 127 million years. This post provides more information on the history and wide varieties of grass:
They first appeared in the tropics, evolving from the ancestors of pineapples and other bromeliads more than 66 million years ago, and perhaps as many as 127 million years ago.
The grass species that we have today have some incredible differences between them. Bamboo is a type of grass, and has both the fastest growth rate and the greatest height, sometimes growing to over 30m tall. Other grasses that I’ve run across can barely manage a few centimeters of leaf length. Grasses can look quite different as well. Corn is a grass, but it certainly bears little superficial resemblance to lawn grass, Poa pratensis.
Read the full post here: How Many Types Of Grasses Are There? What Is The Difference Between Them?
When it comes to a residential lawn, most people in the Denver Metro Area go with a cool weather type grass such as Bluegrass, Ryegrass or Fescue. The reason is that they all like cooler weather and can handle the Colorado climate.
Ironically, those types of grasses greatly differ in how they spread and how drought tolerant they are. This video discusses these contrasts:
Whether a grass grows in bunches or laterally doesn’t matter to most people. They want something that looks good, feels nice and holds up well. Distinguishing between types of yard grasses only matters if it drastically affects their water bill or the curb appeal of their home.
IS Kentucky Bluegrass The Best For My Yard?
That is why Kentucky Bluegrass is so popular. It has thin blades and looks like a luxurious green carpet in the spring and fall. It is a dense, colorful, cool-season grass that is perfect for a yard that has a lot of get-togethers and activity.
However, its biggest downfall is the heat. Bluegrass doesn’t do well when the temperatures soar without needing a lot of water.
Here are some pros and cons with Kentucky Bluegrass, one of the most popular types:
- Often creates attractive looking lawns
- Can tolerate extreme winter weather, full sunlight exposure, and moderate amounts of moisture
- Is a moderately durable grass
- Typically not drought tolerant, requiring water during hot summer months
- Can go dormant during times of drought and high heat
- Often slow to germinate
- Generally doesn’t respond well to shaded areas and wet soils
See more here: Kentucky Bluegrass
Where I live, there are a lot of varieties of grasses coming up in the open areas next to our home. Even crabgrass looks soft and plush this time of year, but we all know what happens when it matures. Finding a type of grass that sticks around through thick and thin will make your life easier, as well as easier on your bank account.
Call an Aurora landscaping company to get their input on what type of grass will work best in your situation.