Grasses can be broadly categorized as warm season and cool season.
- Cool Season?
These are the Fescue type lawn which stay green year round, even though
they are dormant in the summer. Examples are Kentucky 31,
- Warm Season?
These can be broken down in three major groups for our area.
This aggressive grass spreads via underground stolons and above
ground runners. Improved varieties with better color and shorter
growth habits are available. Chances are, your lawn will be invaded
by this type grass at some point.
A slow growing grass which spreads by above ground runners only. It
has a coarse texture, will tolerate poor soil and will revive well
after periods of drought. Expect to wait two years for a full stand
A dense turf, resisting invasion of weeds due to its growth habit.
Spreads by underground stolons only. One of the last to green up in
spring and first to go dormant in fall. A reel type mower is preferred
for cutting. (Yes, we have one) Cutting height. Cool season grass
should be cut at 2-1/2 to 3 inches. Warm season should be cut at about
- Should I bag my clippings?
Are you willing to pay a contractor extra for the additional work? Besides, a high
quality commercial mower with sharp blades will do a fine job of shredding the
clippings. With the clippings adequately small, thatch build-up will not be a