There are over 10,000 species of grass in the world, ranging from domestic grain such as wheat to wild prairie and savanna grasses. Cultivated lawns often use a single species or blend of species that has been chosen for their special characteristics—let’s take a look at some of the most popular species used for sod in Tacoma WA.
Kentucky bluegrass is one of the most popular species for lawns because of its vibrant color, thick texture, and versatility. The grass is well-adapted to colder, wetter weather, and thrives in the Northwest. However, it can struggle during warmer summer months, and is often blended with perennial ryegrass to ensure a beautiful lawn year-round.
Perennial ryegrass is native to Europe, but has become a popular component of many American lawns. Although it thrives in cooler climates, it can tolerate heat better than bluegrass. Because of its high durability, it is commonly used for hydroseeding Tacoma WA facilities such as sports fields.
Hard fescue is a very fine grass that is often blended with other species to improve the turf’s density. It is also extremely tolerant of cold, shade, and drought, and on its own often does not need to be mowed. This makes it a popular low-maintenance grass.
Chewings fescue is related to hard fescue, but it establishes quicker and requires even less sunlight. This makes it good for shade-tolerant turf blends. Because it can also adapt well to infertile soil, it’s a popular choice for lawns throughout the American West.
Clover isn’t technically a grass, but for hundreds of years it was a common component of fine European lawns. Today the micro clover variant is experiencing a resurgence in popularity, since it is lower maintenance, more environmentally friendly, and darker green then regular grass. Although grass mixes that include clover may not look as rigidly traditional as other lawns, they can lend a beautiful natural touch to a yard.
In most cases, quality turf will include a blend of any or all of these species. It’s important to do some research on what grass will best fit your needs.