Choosing the Right Cold Weather Sod for Your Yard

by Barbara Haley 05/12/2019

When choosing grass for cool-season zones, check out these types for the best results in your yard.

Bentgrass — Commonly used in cold weather areas Bentgrass grows easily creeping over every area of your lawn. Liked for its quick growth and ability to withstand high traffic areas, this grass is typically used for golf courses and has become a variety of choice for homeowners as well. Bentgrass likes full sun and is not very tolerant to shade. Soil that drains well and frequent watering will keep this grass beautiful. Plant in late summer or early fall for best results. 

Kentucky Bluegrass — Bluegrass comes in a few different varieties and is found all over North America. Most common is Kentucky Bluegrass. Kentucky Bluegrass does not grow quickly, but it doesn't die out quickly either. You might, however, see some patchy areas in your lawn as this grass does recede from insect damage. It can handle high traffic and is best maintained with full sun and regular watering. This grass can be planted in fall or spring and should receive high amounts of fertilizer. 

Perennial Ryegrass — Perennial Ryegrass is a fantastic option for high traffic areas in cooler climates. It is incredibly tolerant of pests, disease, and stressors. Ryegrass can handle some shade and only requires moderate maintenance and grows best in cool-season climates because it does not handle drought-like conditions at all. This variety can grow on its own or combined with other species. It is common to see Ryegrass planted with Kentucky Bluegrass. Plant in early spring or early fall, with well-draining soil and water regularly.

Fescue — Fescue varieties do well in cool-season climates but are also very tolerant of drought conditions and heat. This grass is an ideal choice for homes in the transition zone. Fescue likes the sun but can grow well in high shade areas as well, and it doesn't need much fertilizer—just regular watering. Though this grass grows well in many climates, it is not a very tough grass and cannot handle a lot of traffic. Most often Fescue is planted with a mix of other hearty grasses to bolster its ability to handle more usage. Plant fine Fescue in fall or spring, but plant Tall Fescue in early spring, just after winter. 

It's time to take what you've learned about the climate you live in and the grass varieties available to you and determine which grass to install. Part four of this series reviews what you should take into consideration your lifestyle and property before purchasing new sod.

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Barbara Haley
Barbara epitomizes integrity, energy, determination & creativity during every real estate transaction. Barbara's extensive knowledge of the local residential real estate market is unparalleled. She specializes in applying her expertise and market knowledge for the benefit of her clients. Her clients trust her judgment and consistently seek her advice on deals up to several million dollars. Barbara is known as a skillful negotiator and will persevere to overcome any obstacle that is placed in front of her. Her attention to detail and honesty is paramount. Barbara keeps her clients updated every step of the way with consistent communication and prides herself on giving all of her clients the most precise information on the state of the market and local real estate trends. Barbara's personal passions include extensive travel, fitness and giving back to the community. She has visited 100+ countries in five out of the seven continents worldwide. Barbara completed her first full marathon in 2009 in San Diego with Team and Training while personally fundraising $5,000 for the benefit of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in memory of her grandmother. Fast forward to October 1st, 2016, Barbara completed her first full Ironman 140.6 distance triathlon in Cambridge, MD while personally fundraising $2300 in support of colon cancer research in memory of a dear friend. Barbara is well known in the real estate community for using the same drive, tenacity, and determination that she uses to complete Ironman triathlons in bringing even the most challenging real estate transactions to a successful closing.