Best Grass Types for Lawns in Oklahoma City, OK

Many homeowners dream of a lush, green lawn. But as many people quickly find out, getting that lawn isn’t easy. First of all, there are many different types of grass to choose from for home lawns. And once you’ve chosen one, you need to know how to care for its specific needs. Here are five grass types that thrive in Oklahoma City.


Bermudagrass has relatively simple needs for care and maintenance. It is insect and disease resistant and heat and drought tolerant. The grass also recovers quickly from heavy rain.

Care: During peak growth, consider fertilizing monthly. Mow once or twice a week. Water regularly, as bermudagrass needs 1 to 1 ½ inches of water a week.

Conditions: Bermudagrass is a tough warm-season grass that does well in the spring and summer in much of the U.S. It grows well with full sun and good drainage in the soil.

Mowing height: 1 to 1 ½ inches

Guymon bermudagrass

This type of bermudagrass is a warm-season creeping grass that is adaptable to many different soil types. In addition, Guymon bermudagrass has extra winter hardiness, surviving later in the year when the weather cools off compared to other bermudagrasses.

Care: Mow once or twice a week to the desired height. Water regularly to about 1 ½ inches of water weekly. Fertilize monthly.

Conditions: Similarly to bermudagrass, it grows well in full sun and good drainage.

Mowing height: 1 to 1 ½ inches

Sunturf grass

Sunturf grass is another type of bermudagrass that is optimized for home lawns, featuring a dark green color and fine texture.

Care: Fertilize sunturf grass once a month during its growing season. Mowing will depend on how quickly the grass is growing, but probably once or twice a week to maintain the one-third mowing rule. Water once or twice a week so the soil remains moist.

Conditions: It does best with full sun, well draining soils, and slightly acidic soil.

Mowing height: 1 ½ to 2 inches


Buffalograss is a native turfgrass that is drought and heat tolerant. As a warm-season grass, it’ll grow in the spring and summer with a fine texture and blue-green color. It does best in low use areas.

Care: Mow weekly and water regularly at about an inch of water each week. Fertilization is only necessary if the soil lacks nutrients, so use nitrogen if your soil test shows low levels.

Conditions: Buffalograss thrives best in low rainfall areas (under 30 inches a year) with a lot of sun exposure.

Mowing height: 2 to 3 inches


Zoysiagrass is a popular pick for people who want something that handles heat, drought and a lot of foot traffic. It can grow into a dense lawn when properly cared for.

Care: Apply just an inch of water a week. Mow regularly, but it may not be needed often as Zoysiagrass grows slowly. Fertilize as needed according to soil test results.

Conditions: Zoysiagrass does well in the transition zone, where the weather is often too challenging for other grasses. Slightly shade tolerant, Zoysiagrass likes the sun and is heat, drought and cold tolerant, making it an easy choice for a lot of homeowners.

Mowing height: 1 to 1 ½ inches

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