If you’re looking to grow a gorgeous lawn that provides serious curb appeal to your Boston home, you’re in luck. Despite our unpredictable weather and somewhat challenging conditions, it’s not tough to grow a lush, green lawn.  All you need to do is select the grass type that is most appropriate for your lawn care needs, goals, and growing conditions.

1. Kentucky Bluegrass
Mowing Height: 1 ½- 2 ½ inches
Type: Cold-season
Water Use: High
Shade Tolerance: Poor

Kentucky BluegrassKentucky Bluegrass is one of the most basic grass types grown in Massachusetts. This grass requires regular maintenance including periodic fertilizing and frequent watering. Oddly enough, it is one of the most popular grass types grown in New England, as it flourishes in colder climates. It has light-to-dark green blades that grow strong and sturdy throughout the year’s unpredictable weather. Unfortunately, drought-like or warm conditions can stifle the growth of this grass, which halts at 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Perennial Ryegrass
Mowing Height: 1 ½-2 ½ inches
Type: Cold-season
Water Use: High
Shade Tolerance: Moderate

Perennial RyegrassThis grass type performs well in a mild year-round climate and can handle cold winters with minimal damage. It prefers sunlight with some shade and grows exceptionally well when blended with Kentucky Bluegrass. This combination holds up nicely to harsh conditions and heavy foot traffic. Perennial Ryegrass does not hold up well to sweltering summer conditions, but when mixed with other slow-growing Bluegrass plants, can be a good option to hold down the fort until the slower plants take hold.

3. Fine-leaf Fescue
Mowing Height: 1 1/2 -2 ½ inches
Type: Cold-season
Water Use: Moderate
Shade Tolerance: Good

fine leaf fescueThis grass type performs well with low maintenance and is an excellent choice for homeowners seeking a lawn that is easy to cultivate. Fine-Leaf Fescue grows well on a dry, shady lawn, and is not recommended for areas of high traffic as it can be damaged and compressed easily. There are several types of Fine-Leaf Fescue available, including Chewing Fescue, Red Fescue, and Hard Fescue. All Fine-Leaf Fescues offer solid resistance to frigid temperatures. Some varieties, such as Hard Fescue, have a strong bunching habit that allows it to persist in unusually cold, windy locations.

4. Zoysia
Mowing Height: ½-1 ½ inches
Type: Warm-season
Water Use: Moderate
Shade Tolerance: Good

zoysia-grassZoysia grass is, for the most part, the only warm-season grass that can grow in Boston with success. Its leaves, covered with stiff, rigid hairs, stay brown into spring and turn brown again in the fall. This grass spreads quickly but is ideal for a summer home that is only occupied for a few months out of the year, when the grass is full and green.

5. Tall Fescue
Mowing Height: 2-3 inches
Type: Cold-season
Water Use: Moderate
Shade Tolerance: Moderate

tall fescueTall Fescue requires a bit more care than Fine-Leaf Fescue but is a popular turfgrass for homes. It is more coarse than Bluegrass, yet not as thick as other varieties. It bunches and has a vibrant green color. Tall Fescue tends to be more drought resistant than other grasses, mainly because its roots penetrate deep into the soil. It is disease-resistant and wear-tolerant.

6. Creeping Bentgrass
Mowing Height: ¼-¾ inch
Type: Cold-season
Water Use: High
Shade Tolerance: Moderate

creeping bentgrassAlso known solely as Bentgrass, this type of grass has a dense, matted down appearance. Its blades have smooth upper surfaces and rigid lower surfaces. Creeping Bentgrass thrives in cooler temperatures and is, therefore, a popular choice among New England homeowners.

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

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