The immaculately kept green lawn is the home owners dream; a perfect tapestry of soft, lush, bright green grass that everyone can admire as they pass your home. But the best way to achieve it is to understand the properties of the different types of grass, how to care for them and things to be aware of when planting.
There are two ways to create your lawn: you can sod it or plant seeds. Sodding is more expensive but has the benefit of immediate use once placed. When planting seeds, you’ll have a lower cost option but will not be able to step on it until the grass has rooted.
Here are some highlights to some of the different types of grass species:
Blanket Grass or Axonopus Compressus (scientific name)
It is a grass that stands out for its intense green color, thick texture and its compact layout. It forms a soft, compact carpet has a very tight weave which hinders growth of weeds. It adapts to partial shade, high traffic support and has good resilience in case of deterioration. This variety of grass is the most expensive on the market due to the fact that it does not seed.
Bermuda Grass or Cynodon dactylon
This is the species used in most of the parks and lawns around the country. Its dark green leaves achieve optimal coverage and it has a great ability to adapt to changing climates. It needs the sun and does not do well in shady conditions.
Hybrid Bermuda Grass or Cynodon Dactylon
It is one of the popular types of grasses used in sports such as golf polo and football. It is finer in texture than regular Bermuda and has high strength and visual penetration. Its cycle is Spring-Summer-Autumn and this type of grass goes dormant in winter. It is a very aggressive grass with a high tolerance to heat and drought.
Kikuyo Grass or Pennisetum Clandestinum
This species is a kind of perennial grass widely used in residential gardens. It has medium texture and its leaves climb on themselves causing what is commonly called referred to as a its cushiony feel. It has a yellowish green color and competes well with weeds that quickly cover the damage. It is a tough grass that can tolerate heavy traffic and it also has very high capacity for recovery in case of deterioration.