Which Grass is Best for You?
Updated: Mar 23
TALL FESCUE VS. BERMUDA - “WHICH GRASS IS BEST FOR YOU”
Having a well-maintained lawn is something that most homeowners strive for. It is not an easy feat to accomplish but is always worth it in the end. Knowing the type of grass that you have in your yard and the best way to maintain it is a huge step towards your dream lawn. There are several different types of grass, and in this blog post, we’ll compare two of the Carolinas’ most widely used types – Tall Fescue and Bermuda.
Bermuda is known to be the warm season grass, while Tall Fescue is known to be the cool season grass. Both types require some level of year-round care and attention, including fertilization and weed/fungus/pest prevention, but there are some distinct differences between the two. To figure out which types will work best for you and your yard, we’ll walk you through some of the characters and behaviors of each. Let’s start with Bermuda:
Pros and Cons of Bermuda Grass
Bermuda grass thrives in hot temperatures, is very tolerant in dry environments and requires only a moderate level of maintenance. The grass does go dormant in the winter, but one of the pros is that Bermuda grows back aggressively and returns to its dark green color once warmer temperatures return.
For those who prefer a low-maintenance lawn, Bermuda grass can grow in a variety of places and, even though it grows aggressively, does not grow to be much longer than 2 inches. It is also very resilient to some of the fungus and pest issues that might be associated with other grass types.
Bermuda grass does have a few disadvantages as well. While it does not attract a lot of pests, it does tend to attract more weeds than other types of grass. It also has a coarser texture than other grasses. Now that we have taken a deeper look into Bermuda grass, let’s look at Tall Fescue a little closer:
The Pros and Cons of Tall Fescue
Tall Fescue is one of the most popular and widely used grasses, and is known to be easy to deal with compared to other “cool season” grasses. It establishes itself to new areas quickly and has a very a solid root system, which allows it to be quite drought tolerant and can handle a good amount of wear and tear from kids and pets.
Tall Fescue also comes with a couple of disadvantages to consider. If left unattended, the grass can grow to be about 4 feet long. This increases the maintenance required to maintain a healthy yard with Tall Fescue grass. It also needs a lot of initial attention when it is first laid down because the roots need time to fully develop.
What Grass is Best for You?
Knowing the best way to take care of your grass is the easiest way to ensure a healthy and beautiful lawn. Different types of grass require different levels of maintenance and thrive in various types of environments. Tall Fescue grass can handle wear and tear and develops a deep root system but requires a lot of initial attention. Bermuda grass doesn’t grow to be longer than about 2 inches and can grow in a variety of different places, but it tends to attract more weeds.
To find the best type of grass for YOU, call or text us at 704.821.1900 and we’ll help you make the decision based on your preferences, yard usage, growing conditions and soil.