May 19, 2011
Q: We got our plans back and love them! Now we're ready to lay sod, but aren't sure what kind of grass to ask for. -Don't Know in Dallas
A: Dear Don't Know,
Because you live in the Big D, a warm season grass is going to be best. In matter of fact, warm season grasses are usually best for most of the South. They include zoysia, St. Augustine, centepede, and various Bermudas. Cool season grasses, which thrive where summers don't require a full-tilt air include fescues, bentgrass (a fav for putting greens), bluegrass (think Kentucky) and ryes.
My personal new favorite is EMPIRE zoysia. This warm-season grass has dark green color, a soft, bare-foot friendly texture, is cinch-bug resistant, and get this: is SLOW GROWING, so you have to mow less.