Do you know what type of grasses is growing in your lawn? Did you know that the type of soil and variability of sunlight have a greater effect on grass type then the average outside temperature?
Different parts of the country have different types of grasses that grow in a different way. For instance, Florida, Southern California and the South have warm grasses.
Warm weather grasses like hot weather. They thrive when temperatures are between 85 and 95 degrees. In addition these warm weather grasses are also a lot better at repairing themselves. To expand, they shoot out runners called rhizomes that can grow in multiple directions at once. Two common grass types are called Bermuda and St.Augustine.
Unlike warm grasses, cool weather grasses are found predominately in the north and the northwest. Their main growing seasons are not summer, but rather the Spring and the Fall. Their optimal temperatures for grow are between 65 and 80 degrees. If it gets much hotter, theses grasses have a hard time growing. This is partially due to hardening clay soils inhibiting root development. These cool grasses can survive with as little as 4 hours of sunlight in the winter.
Unlike warm weather grasses, cool grasses grow in a circular pattern. These grasses face a few other unique problems. These include slow drainages due to the clay in the soil and competition in the winter from different types of moss which require less sunlight varieties of cool weather grass types include fescue and ryegrasses.
To keep your lawn healthy with either type of grass, we recommend to mow high and mow often. As a rule don't mow your lawn under 2 inches and always keep it under 3 and a ½. Also mow frequent enough that you won't need to cut off more than a 1/3 of the blade. Both warm and cool weather grasses benefits from longer periods of watering 2-3 time per week rather than short daily watering.