Don't Pass on the Grass

The lawn around the home is every homeowner’s own personal green space, and maintaining it can improve not only the curb appeal of the home but also the family’s enjoyment of the home.

Lawn grasses

Two classifications of lawn grass in the region are warm-season grasses and cool-season grasses. Warm-season grasses require less water due to their shorter growing season. However, warm-season grasses stay brown through the winter months. Cool-season grasses predominate in lawns in the northern area of Virginia primarily because, as perennials, they remain green year round.

Predominant cool-season grasses are tall fescue, perennial ryegrass, and fine-leaf fescue. Tall fescue has a more coarse texture but is much more tolerant of rugged conditions. Either of the two is considered excellent for year-round lawns.  Fine-leaf fescue and perennial ryegrass are mostly used for special purposes and in seed form, as a part of seed mixes to add texture and variety to lawns. Ryegrass performs better at higher elevations.