Grass Identification Guide | Do You Know Your Grass Type?


Mar 27, 2019

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Our mission at LawnStar is to create innovative solutions that enhance every kind of lawn our customers proudly own. This means creating products that work on the different types of grass you may find in any given garden.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to identify your grass, and find some fresh ideas for your new patch.

Cool-Season Grasses

Most lawns in the north are a combination of Kentucky Bluegrass, Ryegrass, and Fescues.
When they’re mixed correctly, these grasses can form a dense, lush turf that provides a deep-green color that’s easy on the eyes yet durable enough to be easy on the upkeep as well.

Kentucky Bluegrass

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One of the most popular types. Develops a strong rhizome system.

Pros: Deep, lush blue-green color and great texture

Cons: Needs sun and showers to thrive; avoid shade

Perennial Ryegrass

perennial ryegrass photo

You’ll notice its signature shine, the surface of this grass reflects light better than others.

Pros: High wear tolerance, ideal for high traffic areas

Cons: Low heat tolerance, lacks in denseness

Fine Fescue

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It’s in the name. The blades have a very fine, almost hair-like texture.

Pros: Works well in shaded areas

Cons: Highly susceptible to hot and dry conditions

Tall Fescue

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The most drought resistant cool-season grass. It has the widest leaf blade and grows in bunches.

Pros: Heat tolerant cool-season turf

Cons: Can look like grassy weed in patches

Warm-Season Grasses

Southern lawns are better suited for the warmer, more humid climates, and are typically made of Zoysia, St. Augustine, Bermuda, and Centipede. These grasses tend to have a naturally thick, dense feel and appearance.


zoysia grass photo

Popular grass in the transitions zone, originally from Japan.

Pros: Makes a thick turf, with an almost carpet-like feel

Cons: Very slow-growing, can be prickly if not mowed and maintained correctly

St. Augustinegrass

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Best suited for warm-arid regions, this coarse textured, broad blade grass thrives around Florida and the Gulf Coast region.

Pros: Thick, lush feel that loves humidity and heat

Cons: Can’t stand cold temperatures, needs moisture to thrive


bermuda grass photo

Very popular in central U.S., it can tolerate being cut very short when mowed. This makes it a common choice for golf courses in the South.

Pros: Produces a thick, dense, luscious turf

Cons: High maintenance when it comes to mowing, feeding and watering


centipede grass photo

Also found in the warm-arid regions, it grows above ground through stolons. Not as widely used as other grasses but its popularity is growing.

Pros: Won’t grow well in hot, dry climates. Requires less fertilizer other grasses

Cons: Dies without enough moisture

Wrapping Up

We mentioned four of the more common cool-season and warm-season grass types you’ll come across. Depending on where you live and what your aims are, it could be fun to pick up some new seeds and try planting something different at home! Choosing the more suitable grass type for your environment will make lawn care much easier all year round so we definitely recommend experimentation.