Warm vs. Cool Season Grass Seed

Warm vs. Cool Season Grass Seed

How much do you know about grass seed?

Do you know the differences between “warm season” and “cool season” grass seed? If you don’t have any experience in the turf industry, these two terms may be pretty foreign to you. If you want your property to feature lush green grass, you need to know a thing or two about lawn care. It is fair to say that most people know very little about grass seed. Keep reading for a brief comparison between these two categories of grass seed.

The Differences

Many people assume that these types of grass seeds only thrive in their respective season. In other words, cool season grasses only do well in winter and warm season grasses only do well in summer. This is a common misconception because the terms do not refer to the time of the year in which the grass thrives, because the growing season for both types of grass is from spring to fall. In actuality, the terms “warm season” and “cool season” refers to the regional locations in which the temperatures are ideal for most of the year. In other words, warm season grasses are better suited for the southern parts of the country while cool season grasses are better suited for the northern states. Warm season grasses grow best during the spring and summer seasons when the temperatures are in the 80s and 90s. Cool season grasses generally thrive when temperatures are in the 60s or 70s.

Warm Season Grass

This category of grasses are most commonly found in the warm, humid states of the south. However, during the colder winter months, people may switch over to cool season grasses and overseed to achieve a beautiful green lawn for the entire year. When the temperature drops below the mid-60s, many warm season grasses turn brown. Examples of warm season grasses include Bahiagrass, Buffalograss, Centipedegrass, and St. Augustinegrass.  The most common grasses in this area are Bermuda and Zoysia.

Cool Season Grass

Cool season grasses tend to do well in locations where the climate is humid but cool. These conditions are ideal for this category of grasses to thrive. Some varieties of cool season grasses include ryegrass, tall fescue, and bluegrass.

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