There are so many reasons to love grass. A homeowner might want soft grass for the lawn, ornamental grass in the garden, grass with strong roots for erosion control, pasture for livestock, weed-suppressing ground covers, or even grass for a nutrient-boosting cover crop. So which gras is best for each use? Different grasses thrive in different regions, climates, with varying light requirements and soil needs. With all these factors in mind, we can help you choose the best grass seed for your next project.
Cool season grasses grow most actively between 60°F and 75°F. Northern regions that have a cool spring and autumn, with cold winters and moderate summers are dominated by cool season grasses. Cool season grasses will go dormant in the extreme summer heat, and winter when soil temperatures are consistently below 50°F.
Warm season grasses thrive in summer temperatures between 80°F and 95°F. These grasses dominate in southern regions. Warm season grasses will go dormant in cold winter temperatures.
For the most part, grasses are mixed in the landscape -- northern regions don't only have cool season grasses, and southern regions don't only have warm season grasses. When selecting new seed for your project, cool versus warm season grasses will give you a helpful starting point, so you can plan around when you'll see most growth from your grasses.
A great way to get around the warm vs. cool debate is to choose a native grass seed mix. Going native often involves less maintenance, and because the grass adapted to its particular location over a long period of time, it often does very well with little attention. See our Regional Native Grass Seed Mixes below!