types of grass, warm-season, bermuda grass, centipede grass, drought resistant, buffalo grass, turf, lawn care, st. augustine grass, northwest arkansas, lawn care service, yard hep, mowingWhat are the best types of grass for your home? It depends on your location. With more than a dozen grasses to choose from for your lawn, turf grasses fall into two basic categories, warm-season grass, and cool-season grass. Let’s look at the best grass types for warm climates, also known as warm-season grasses.

What are Warm-Season Grasses?

Warm-season grasses thrive in warmer climates such as southern, southeast, and Gulf Coast regions of the U.S. This category of turf actively grows in April and October, going dormant in cooler temps. When dormant, the grass turns brown until warmer temps return. They are also drought tolerant. 

List of Warm-Season Grass Types

Bermuda Grass

Bermuda Grass fills in quickly. Its aggressive growth helps resist weeds. 

  • Drought Resistance: High
  • Need for Water: Medium 
  • Texture: Fine to Medium 
  • Traffic Level: Fine to Medium High 
  • Sun exposure: Full sun 

Centipede Grass

Looking for a low maintenance option? This one is for you! Centipede Grass is popular in the Southern parts of the U.S. because it grows slowly, is very low maintenance, even in poor soil, and holds its own against pests. 

  • Drought Resistance: Medium 
  • Need for Water: Medium 
  • Texture: Coarse
  • Traffic Level: Low 
  • Sun exposure: Full sun to partial shade 

St. Augustine Grass

St. Augustine Grass is heat and humidity tolerant and tends to grow quickly. Plus, it’s not bothered by salt or sand, which makes it ideal for coastal lawns. 

  • Drought Resistance: Low to medium 
  • Need for Water: Medium to high 
  • Texture: Coarse 
  • Traffic Level: Medium 
  • Sun exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Buffalo Grass

Buffalo Grass is low maintenance and grows well in the Great Plains from Montana to Mexico. 

  • Drought Resistance: High 
  • Need for Water: Low 
  • Texture: Fine 
  • Traffic Level: High 
  • Sun exposure: Full sun 

Warm-season grasses grow best in the north, northeast, upper Midwest, and the Pacific Northwest areas of the U.S. 

Not in a warm climate? Not to worry; Next time, we’ll cover transition and cool-season types of grass. Stay tuned! 

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