Getting a Great-Looking Lawn

Professional lawn maintenance companies can help homeowners who lack a green thumb or the time to dedicate to their lawn.

Turf
Turf, or grass, is the primary component of most yards. Depending on the relative amount of shade in the yard and the yard use, different turf types are appropriate. The two most common types of turf in the metroplex are St. Augustine and Bermuda. Rye is used less commonly and for specific purposes.

St. Augustine grass
•    Flat, wide blades
•    Good for both full-sun and shadier yards, but needs at least four hours of direct sunlight per day
•    Needs at least one inch of water per week
•    Goes dormant in the winter (turns brown)
•    Does not hold up well to foot traffic—not ideal for high-use lawns or sports fields.
•    Installed as sod and cannot be overseeded
•    Gradually expands area of coverage by sprouting runners
 
Bermuda grass
•    Thin blades and a fluffy appearance; if grown too high, it will thin out
•    Best for full-sun lawns—needs direct sunlight most of the day
•    Needs about one inch of water per week
•    Goes dormant in the winter (turns brown)
•    Holds up well to foot traffic—aerating is recommended if the ground becomes compacted
•    Can be planted either as sod year-round or as seed between May and August (reseed in summer)
•    Does not expand its coverage

Rye grass
•    Stays green all winter and dies in the summer; blended with Bermuda for a year-round green lawn
•    Additional work and cost limits its usage largely to commercial and high-end residential properties.