Wind and rain can be your lawn’s worst enemy, especially in areas with steep hills and heavy traffic. Heavy runoff can sweep away the nutrient-rich topsoil and often lead to mudslides. You can prevent Mother Nature from doing her worst by planting grass that absorbs the water and allows it to nurture the roots. So, what are the grass types that prevent soil erosion in Hammond, LA?

Buffalo Grass

buffalo grassBuffalo grass is a tough, warm-season grass that can live in colder areas as well. When covering a steep slope, buffalo grass is the way to go. It will grow into a sturdy sod that can handle heavy foot traffic and stop soil erosion in its tracks. It’s a low maintenance grass as well, requiring little fertilizer and minimal mowing. It’s also incredibly drought resistant, spreading quickly in warm areas where there’s lots of sun.

St. Augustine Grass

st-augustine-grassSt. Augustine is also a fast-spreading grass with a strong root system. Known for its beautiful green-blue color, St. Augustine is an excellent addition to any lawn. It does well in areas with full sun, like on a slope, and will help firm up areas of loose soil. There is one drawback. St. Augustine grass is susceptible to fungus and chinch bugs, but these problems are easy to avoid with proper mowing and irrigation. Never cut more than ⅓ off the top of your grass and water in the early morning to allow excess water enough time to evaporate in the sun.

Blue Grama Grass

Blue Grama Grass
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Blue grama grass is a resilient type of clump-forming sod. It’s drought resistant and can thrive in many types of soil, even sandy soil. Though it does have shorter roots, blue grama grass will form a tightly knotted turf that keeps your topsoil from eroding. Growing blue grama grass with a mixture of buffalograss will give you the best results.

Bermuda Grass

bermuda_grassBermuda grass is the most commonly used warm-season grass. It’s able to spread out and become established very quickly, making it great for filling in patchy areas. In areas where soil erosion is a problem, bermuda grass may be your best bet. This tough grass is also very resilient to foot traffic. As it grows, it will become lush and dense, and its root system will hold your soil together. However, this grass can be invasive to flower beds and may need edging as it grows.

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

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