Dear Angie: What's the best type of grass to grow where I live? — Sarah D., El Paso, Texas
Answer: We get this question frequently, from homeowners all over the country. Unfortunately, because of the wide range of climates, soil types and water needs, there isn't one single, simple answer.
Climate is the biggest consideration, followed by the amount of daily sun exposure and soil type.
For instance, zoysia grass is a solid option if you live in a hot area that doesn't receive much rain, such as much of Texas and the rest of the Southwest. Zoysia grows well in dry conditions, and resists insects and disease.
St. Augustine grass is one of the most popular types in the United States, but it doesn't grow well in every region because it prefers a sandier soil, making it a smart choice for the coastal Southeast.
Bermuda grass is another popular option, often used on sports fields and in parks. It grows well in many soil types, making it versatile, but it doesn't do well in shade.
Kentucky bluegrass or various types of fescue can do well in the Midwest, as it can survive harsh winters and be quite durable.
These are just a few of the dozens of grass types to choose from when you plan to seed or lay sod for your lawn. But don't get overwhelmed. A local landscaper or lawn care company will have firsthand experience with grass types that work well for your area, and will be able to estimate upfront and ongoing costs, such as for watering, fertilizing and mowing.
When hiring a landscaper or lawn pro, consider those with positive reviews on a trusted consumer site. Make sure that whomever you hire is appropriately licensed, insured and bonded. Take care to review details of a contract before signing.
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