How to Choose the Right Grass Type for Your Huntsville Home

Huntsville, AL

As you work to perfect your lawn, you may discover certain varieties grow better than others in Huntsville. When choosing the type of grass to plan you should consider maintenance needs, shade adaptation, wear and tear, and the local climate.

St. Augustine GrassSt. Augustine Grass

This needs frequent watering, mowing and fertilizing to ensure healthy growth, but if you aren’t afraid of spending a little extra time on your lawn, St. Augustine is a great fit.  It does well in shaded areas, it’s sturdy, thick and can fight off weeds. To keep it healthy, you should mow to a height of 2.5 to 4 inches.  

Grass Plug Options:
Seed Ranch St Augustine Seville Grass Plugs (2 Trays)
Seed Ranch St Augustine Floratam Grass Plugs (2 Trays)

Bermuda Grassbermuda grass

Bermuda is one of the best types of grass to withstand sun and heat. It’s fine in texture and will tolerate heavy traffic. It can also withstand drought and salt. It doesn’t do well in shady areas, so if you have a lot of trees, this may not be the grass for you. Mow to a height of 1 to 2 inches for optimal turf conditions.

Grass Seed Options:
Pennington Bermudagrass Bare Spot (5 lb. bag)
Pennington Smart Seed Bermudagrass Mix (8.75-lb. bag)
Scotts Turf Builder Bermudagrass (10-lb. bag)
Hancock Seed Co. Bermudagrass (50-lb. bag)

Kentucky BluegrassKentucky Bluegrass

If you want a green lawn year-round, Kentucky Bluegrass looks best in winter but can also handle the heat of the summer. A fine texture, it can help fill in bare spots quickly. It doesn’t do well in shade and requires a lot of mowing. It should be kept at 2.5 to 3 inches.

Grass Seed Options:
Jonathan Green (11970) Blue Panther Kentucky Bluegrass Grass Seed (3 lbs.)
SeedRanch Midnight Kentucky Bluegrass Seed (5 lbs.)
Jacklin Seed – Biltmore Blue Blend – 100% Kentucky Bluegrass (5 lbs.)

Buffalo Grassbuffalo_grass

Native to North America, it’s an excellent option for your Huntsville lawn. Buffalo grass is drought tolerant, grows slowly and is easy to maintain. This grass will turn brown when the temperature heats up. Mow this grass to 1 to 2.5 inches high.

Grass Seed Options:
Everwilde Farms Buffalograss Seeds (1 lb. of seeds)
Buffalograss seed (primed) (5-lb. bag)

Centipedegrasscentipede grass

A warm-season grass that’s fast-spreading but with a lower growth rate, centipedegrass has a coarse texture. It requires very little maintenance — just a little fertilizer, and it’s good to go. It doesn’t do very well in hot weather when it can turn brown. Mow it to 1.5 inches in height.

Grass Seed Options:
Gulf Kist Coated Centipedegrass Seeds (1 lb.)
Scotts EZ Seed Patch and Repair Centipedegrass (3.75 lbs.)
TifBlair Centipedegrass (5-lb. bag)
Pennington Centipedegrass and Mulch (5-lb. bag)

Need help choosing the right grass for your lawn? Visit our Huntsville lawn care page for more information!

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Rachel Vogel