Keller Williams Realty,Brevard

Select the Right Grass for Your Yard

by Maria "Action" Jackson 05/12/2019

You now understand your yard’s climate. Depending on your location you’ll be looking for cool-season or warm-season grass varieties for your lawn, or a hearty type that survives well in a mixed climate if you reside in a transition zone. Read on to learn about the different varieties of grasses and their features. 

Types of Grass.

There are many grass varieties in the world, but there are a few go-to types for a good lawn. Here are the significant varieties suggested for lawn use categorized by their growing seasons.

Warm-season varieties

  • Bahia — Bahia is a hearty turf grass that takes well to hot weather and humidity found in the southern United States. You can use a variety of soil types for planting, and the grass has a rough texture that helps it survive in warm climates. Bahia is very resistant to insects and disease, but it does not mix well with other grasses. When planting Bahia, it is important not to introduce any different grass varieties. This grass prefers full sun and less than one inch of water weekly. It is best to plant Bahia in spring or early summer.
  • Bermuda — Bermuda grass is a common choice for warm climate lawns. The grass is sturdy and can tolerate harsh heat, and even drought conditions. Bermuda grows aggressively and is therefore popular with homeowners looking to establish a lawn quickly. If you intend to plant flower beds as well, make sure you have a protective barrier between the flowerbed and your lawn as Bermuda grass tends to grow so aggressively it can take over your garden space. This variety does well in full sun but is not tolerant to shade at all. For best results plant Bermuda in late spring or early summer.
  • St. Augustine — For those living in the southern United States, especially along the coast St. Augustine is a great choice. This grass variety does very well in sandy soils and is much more salt tolerant than the majority of other warm climate grasses. St. Augustine roots grow quickly and establish easily in your lawn. For the best yard, regular watering is necessary. However, you must ensure you have a properly-irrigated yard with drainage points. St. Augustine is a beautiful grass that maintains its green-blue coloring well into Fall, but it is not a very tough grass, so yards with children or animals that have lots of traffic on the lawn are not ideal. Plant St. Augustine in the late fall in yards with full to partial sunlight. 
  • Zoysia — Like Bermuda, Zoysia varieties are robust, aggressive growers. Though some types of Zoysia can handle higher amounts of foot traffic, this grass is not well-suited for yards that get a lot of use. Of the warm-climate options, Zoysia can tolerate and adapt to different climates the best. It typically prefers a lot of sunshine but can survive in more shade as well. Plant this grass in late spring or early summer and keep moist to maintain your yard.

About the Author
Author

Maria "Action" Jackson

Maria Jackson grew up in Germany, but the first time she saw Cocoa Beach’s surf and sand, she knew she was home. That date was December 24, 1983, and although she goes back to Germany to visit often, she has never regretted her decision to stay here permanently.

Maria worked in several fields over the next few years, but they all had some link to the real estate industry.  She finally realized that was the career she was looking for and in 2004 she obtained her real estate license.  In 2019 she joined Keller Williams (KW). “I’m pretty tech savvy,” she says, “and I liked that the KW app is so up to date with the latest in marketing tools and internet sales.  I love using Social Media including Facebook, Twitter and the DSRE app.  I believe it’s important to utilize every tool at my disposal to market my customer’s listings.” Maria recently closed on a $860,000 home and credits the marketing tools to her success.

She wakes up each morning excited about what the day will bring. “Every day is a new day, a new client, a new listing.  I love the variety of learning something new every day. I’m a really good communicator and even better at being able to see the whole picture, even when my client doesn’t. Sometimes clients think they want one thing but I can point something out to them and they will do a complete reversal. It’s my job to point out all the details that sometimes they don’t see.”

Maria, who is fluent in English and German, has worked extensively with local and international investors. Although she lives in the charming Canaveral Groves community, she manages listings and transactions throughout all of Brevard County.

Maria and her husband have three grown daughters and two grandsons. They love family get-togethers and spend as much time on the water as possible. Maria devotes her volunteer time at a local elementary school and has helped host fundraising benefits for local residents in need.

Maria’s feelings haven’t changed since that first day she set eyes on the beach; she continues her love affair with Cocoa Beach and the surrounding area and knows that she made the right decision in calling this new place home all those years ago.