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Types of Turfgrass for a Beautiful Lawn


It’s the first thing you see when you get home after a long day of work. It’s where the kids play outside during the summertime. It’s also the most important thing to the overall curb appeal of a home.

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When it comes to the front lawn, many homeowners thrive for a healthy yard that can stay beautiful year-round. And, while health is important, it’s also essential that the grass blend can withstand the tests of the climate, like hot weather, heavy snows, or little rainfall.

To many, finding the blend that will do just about everything might seem impossible. That’s probably why so many homeowners opt for buying the cheapest seed blends that come from big-name stores. Unfortunately, by doing so, they’re settling on something that might die out in just a couple of years, and are ultimately missing out on a turfgrass blend that might transform the way their lawn works.

The good news? Finding turfgrass and blends that work best for your lawn doesn’t have to require hours of research.

What Is Turfgrass?

When you think of the term “turfgrass,” you might think of soccer or football fields. After all, “turf” is a word that’s often used when talking about that fake sodded grass that you find on athletic grounds. But in the gardening and landscaping world, turfgrass is just another word for lawn grass.

Although some blends require more care than others, turfgrass is proven to be extremely beneficial to both the homeowners and the ecosystem. Turfgrass is used for gardening, sports fields, and overall beautification—but installing a turf lawn also helps prevent flooding, soil erosion, and can provide nutrients to the surrounding biodome.

So if you are looking for a new blend, then all you have to do is take a few minutes to check out this helpful guide that will steer you towards the right turfgrass blend.

Popular Grasses and Blends

Although it depends on the region and climate, there are a ton of grass types and blends that could work well on your lawn. Check out these popular types and combinations according to your region to find the best fit for your yard.

Type #1: Kentucky Bluegrass

Kentucky bluegrass does well in the northern half of the U.S. (except the Pacific Northwest) and on high-traffic lawns.

Kentucky Bluegrass Facts

Kentucky bluegrass is most popular in the northern half of the United States. Boasting a deep green color with a thick texture, this blend is perfect for those craving a vibrant lawn—and maybe a sports field, too. This lush blend requires lots of water and does best in full to partial sun, but does come in a variety of blends, like combinations specifically designed for the Northwest and the Northeast.

Type #2: Perennial Ryegrass

This ryegrass can grow anywhere while still holding its bright green color year-round.

Perennial Ryegrass Facts

Perennial ryegrass is one of the most well-known lawn blends in the country—and for a good reason, too. This bright green ryegrass can grow in any region and can be found on lawns all across the country. It is one of the higher-maintenance combinations, though, as it does best with plenty of water in full to partial sun. There are specific blends intended for the Northwest and lawns that get extra sun or shade. Even so, whether you live in the mountains, by the coast, or in the desert, perennial ryegrass will likely thrive on your property.

Type #3: Fescue Grass

This soft grass excels in shaded areas along the mid- and northern regions.

Fescue Grass Facts

Fescue grass thrives in the northern half of the country, following a nearly straight line above states like Texas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Fescue is most famous for its light green coloration and fine blades, requiring minimal water and a bit of sun. This blend has an incredibly soft texture and is perfect shady lawns for homeowners who want minimal upkeep.

Type #4: Bahiagrass

Selectively perfect for hot climates, this blend has minimal water requirements and can survive through any drought.

Bahia Grass Facts

Bahiagrass does excellent in the southern regions, stretching from California, through Texas, and deep into the Florida everglades. It does very well in full sun and does an excellent job at water conservation, meaning it requires little water throughout the year. The light green color stands firm in the face of even the harshest droughts, which might be why bahiagrass is a southern favorite.

Type #5: Bermudagrass

This coarse blend is perfect for homes in the South and requires minimal water.

Bermudagrass Facts

Like bahiagrass, bermudagrass has minimal water requirements, thrives in the full sun, and does exceptionally well in the southern climates. It is a coarse texture that is ideal for lawns with high foot traffic or areas that may face droughts throughout the hotter months of the year. It also retains its bright green color no matter the temperature.

Type #6: Buffalograss

This deep green blend is perfect in hot climates and can also beautify drylands that crave water.

Buffalograss Facts

As a native blend designed to beautify lawns and conserve rainwater, buffalograss is a lush and deep green grass that is perfect for homes all across the southern regions. It has minimal water requirements and thrives in the full sun, impressively maintaining its deep color year-round.

Type #7: Zoysia Grass

Zoysia is a dark blend with a fierce resistance against drought, sun, and lots of foot traffic.

Zoysia Grass Facts

The Zoysia grass range dips throughout the southern U.S. and climbs up to Virginia and parts of Maryland. It is an excellent blend that can continuously possess a dark green throughout the year. It does well in full to partial sun and has minimal water requirements with extremely impressive resistance against heavy foot traffic, making it perfect for busy families.


If your lawn needs an update or you’re looking to reseed with a new blend, then the best thing you can do is find the type that works best for you according to your region and maintenance requirements.

After you look through some of your favorite blends, take the time to contact the professionals at Granite Seed. With more than 30 years of experience when it comes to landscaping and beautifying yards in all regions, Granite Seed can effortlessly install or reseed your lawn with the right blend. Contact Granite Seed today to get started.

About the Author

Darrell Roundy

Darrell Roundy

Seed Sales Specialist

Darrell works with landowners, contractors, and government agencies to design and fulfill seed and seed mixes, complimented by erosion control products, to suite the specific needs of a project. These projects can range from single acre to hundreds of acres, working with dozens of seed species and varieties best suited for each individual project.

He graduated from BYU with an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and a Masters Degree in Rangeland Ecology. BYU is one of the foremost insitutions in the country on both fronts. Darrell now has 5+ years experience working for Granite Seed in his capacity. He’s been directly involved in assisting with the reclamation of thousands of combined acres during his tenure at Granite Seed, of all types and complexities.


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