Grasses Part 1

Grasses Part 1

On horses, houses, baseball and belles there is much disagreement. Select any subject, state a preference and one can find an argument. Except lawn grass. On grass there is surprising unanimity-everyone wants a velvet-like carpet that never needs mowing or watering, performs perfectly on rich or poor soil, in sun or shade and is deep green 365 days a year. There is no such grass! In recent years much money and effort have been spent selecting and breeding better lawn and turf grasses, and several have been developed which are vastly superior to the old ones, but there is no promise or probability that anyone will come up with the perfect grass.

grass image People are surprised to learn that thousands of different Bermudas, Zoysias and St. Augustines, some good, some poor, but all different, have undergone scientific testing to determine the best strain or strains for turf uses. New ones come along often, but it is usually prudent to let someone else do the experimenting and use what is tried and proved. Just as there are many families of fish such as the bass and the shark, there are many families of grass. Members of the same family may look different, but there are certain general statements that will hold true for all members of any one family. There are annual and perennial grasses, terms we will simplify by calling the grasses temporary and permanent. Temporary grasses include both those that will die out at the end of their growing season, regardless of what you do for them, and those that will die out due to adverse growing conditions, such as extreme heat or high humidity. Permanent grasses are those which, like many trees, live forever under normal conditions. We will attempt over the next few weeks to provide you with accurate, impartial information that will assist you in selecting, establishing and maintaining the grass that will produce for you a beautiful, care-free lawn. Check back often.

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