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The Types Of Grass
Grass types are generally divided into the following four types:
- Cools Season Grass - These grass types generally grow in the cooler regions of the USA from the upper transition area and North.
- Warm Season Grass - These types of grass generally
grow in the Southern Transition zone of the USA and South.
Zoysia grass is an exception with a growing range from the deep south up through the USA transition zone. See the
Zoysia grass Planting Map for more information at www.zoysias.com.
- Grass types also include annual and perennial varieties -- with annual grass types living for one growing season and perennial grass types surviving year after year -- with proper maintenance of
To simplify and remember, we can refer to the Annual grasses as Temporary grasses. Temporary grasses include both those that will die out at
the end of the growing season no matter what you do for them and those that will die out due to adverse growing conditions such as extreme heat and/or high humidity.
Perennial grasses we'll refer to as permanent grasses. These grasses can live for a long time ( many years) if cared for and grown under normal conditions.
St. Augustine, Zoysia, Centipede, Bahia, Bermuda, Buffalo are
families of warm season grasses that are permanent grasses in
the correct environments (warm season grass growing areas -
usually the more Southern USA states). Only Zoysia grass will
grow in the cooler locations and survive without damage or kill (view
additional information on zoysia grass planting areas).
Seedland sells only warm season grass lawn plugs with Zoysia being the exception in that it can be planted in some Northern Lawn areas that are considered cool season grass areas.
In actuality, there are 5 weather regions of the USA. You should consider the Turfgrass Adaptation Map along with the USDA Plant Hardiness Map when choosing a grass type -- plugs, seed or sod -- for your area. We have provided
these maps along with the grass types that grow in each region to help you in your grass type selection.
Also read selecting grass lawn plugs for my location located below.
selecting a grass type, consider these additional points and refer to the chart below to help you decide on the grass type that fits your lifestyle. Remember, a bad choice can cost more to maintain than the
initial installation of the right choice.
- Drought Tolerance
- Salt Tolerance
- The amount of time you want to spend maintaining your lawn.
- Cost - Resist the temptation to consider money first,
variety second. Converting a poor lawn to a superior lawn
usually costs more than doing it right the first time.
What Type Of
Grass Is Right For Me
Scroll down for a
Grass Plug Comparison Table.
Selecting Grass Plugs for Your Location
Please use this chart and map as a guide for your grass type selection. Match the colored dots nest to each turf variety to the color on
the map. Contact your local county extension agent for
confirmation of your choice if you are unsure of the right variety
for your location. There are many types of turf to choose from.
When selecting, consider these factors:
- the amount of sunlight the area receives.
- the winter temperature of your area.
- the amount of time you want to spend on maintenance.
The time it takes for a plugged lawn to become a complete lawn
depends on the variety, climate, spacing, proper care, and time of
year plugs are planted. We recommend planting lawn grass plugs in the spring or early summer after all dangers of frost have passed.
PLUG YOUR LAWN AND
WATCH IT GROW!
USDA PLANT HARDINESS ZONE MAP
| Empire Zoysia
Bermuda 419 | Celebration Bermuda
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GRASS PLUG PRICES FOR 3" x 3" PLUGS
Grass Plug Information Chart
LANDSCAPING TIPS FOR THE LAWN
selections of St. Augustine and Zoysia grasses tolerate
certain levels of shade, no grasses tolerate "the dark". So, what
do you do to make those areas attractive?
creative! Enlarge the areas beneath and around trees, scallop
the borders rather than use straight lines, install ground covers,
liriope grasses, and shade tolerant woody ornamentals inside these
borders and beds rather than struggle with turfgrass that doesn't
like the environment.
selecting woody ornamentals, layer plantings so that varieties
are in color during different seasons. For example, install
azaleas for spring color under trees, surround them with another
ornamental selection that blooms during summer, border with
liriope, and finish with bedding plants that tolerate shade like
impatiens, begonias, coleus etc. Installations like this make the
shaded areas attractive, and eliminate the struggle to make
turfgrass grow where it doesn't want to.
Computer programs are available to assist with landscape
planning. You can design your landscape, plant your plants, and
actually see what the plan will look like at maturity before you
purchase or plant. Certain programs have the capacity to show how
the size of plants at maturity impact the design. They can prevent
major errors from happening. Having a plan is the first and
probably most important step to success.
helpful tips about new sod & plug
county extension office about plant and turf grass
varieties, and a software retailer for further information about
MORE HELP WITH CHOOSING TYPES OF GRASS
ORDERS SHIP ON MONDAYS!
YOUR ORDER MUST BE PLACED
BY 10:00 AM EST ON FRIDAY...
FOR THE ORDER TO SHIP THE FOLLOWING MONDAY*
*Subject to any ship delay caused by
adverse weather (rain just prior to shipment)
Orders placed after 10 AM Friday will be scheduled for shipment on the
next cycle (2nd Monday).
Important - Shipping Restrictions:
Due to state agricultural regulations on soils, we can not
ship our Grass Plugs to the following states:
Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, & Wyoming.
Due to shipping time constraints we do not ship any plugs outside USA mainland States.
(IE: Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Alaska, US Islands). There are no
restrictions on seeds shipped to these states.
Shipment Dates: Our grass plugs ship
seasonally* every Monday for all orders placed the previous week.
Orders must be placed by 10 am EST on Friday in order to ship the
following week. Occasionally shipments may be delayed due to weather issues (heavy rains result in plugs too wet to ship). Since we ship orders ASAP once they are placed, please
order only if you are ready to plant.
*Note: Seedland only ships Grass Plugs during the spring months of February, March, April,
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