Because Raleigh is located between the Piedmont region and the Coastal Plains region in North Carolina, both warm season and cool season grasses can thrive here.
The warm season grasses will go dormant and brown during the winter, however, so they are best supplanted with cool season grasses before winter by using an overseeding technique as part of your lawn maintenance.
You might also want to add new seeding (of the same grass type) to any areas of the lawn that need that additional turf care during the season. It’s useful to know what your grass type is whenever you’re grass cutting.
Each type has pros and cons, and ultimately it’s up to personal preference. No time to choose? Consult a Raleigh lawn care professional.
Here are the 8 common grass types for Raleigh, NC:
Warm season grasses:
This grass is dark green and dense, with a high tolerance for heat. It has deep roots and requires a low level of maintenance in order to keep it healthy and free from disease/pests. It requires an inch of watering every 4 to 7 days and is best kept at 1 to 2 inches length.
This is a light to medium green grass that makes for low maintenance and dense lawn. It’s very well adapted to high temperatures and traffic and needs an inch of extra water every 4 to 7 days. It should be kept at anywhere from ¼ to 1 ½ inches long for best results.
This grass has a medium to dark green color and forms a dense lawn. It can be sensitive to drought but recovers quickly. It has a low traffic tolerance, however, and should be kept at 1 to 2 inches long.
This type of grass has a light to medium green color and grows very quickly. It’s a relatively low maintenance grass which requires half an inch to an inch of water every 3 to 6 days for best results. The recommended height for this grass is 2 to 3 inches long.
Cool Season Grasses:
Tall Fescue is a medium to dark green grass with a very extensive root system. It has good heat tolerance for being a cool season grass and is able to handle a moderate amount of foot traffic. It can turn slightly brown during the summer and needs a half inch to an inch of water at least once a week to thrive. Avoid lawn mowing this grass too often—It’s best kept at 2 to 3 inches.
This is one of the most common types of grass because of its heat and cold tolerance, as well as its beautiful dense growth and dark green color. It can handle a decent amount of foot traffic and recovers quickly from abuse. It needs a half inch to an inch of water every week to stay lush and healthy. This grass is best kept at 1 ½ to 2 inches in length.
This grass is dark green with a moderately thick density. It needs a solid 2 inches per week of deep watering and can handle a decent level of foot traffic. Ryegrass is best kept at 1 to 2 ½ inches long and had good resistance to most diseases and insects.
This grass has a very fine texture and a deep green color. It handles traffic extremely well but will not recover very well from severe injury. It needs an inch of water 1 or 2 times per week for optimal health and is best kept at 1 – 2 ½ inches long, though it can be kept much longer for an authentic “meadow” look.