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Choosing a grass type that has an appearance and
growth habit that you desire or can tolerate is also an important factor. This decision should
be a carefully made decision, as you will most likely live
with your choice for many years if not a lifetime.
The differences between types of grass in the way they grow is either bunching (tillering) or creeping. The appearance of types of grass would have to do with color, texture and leaf blade width. You would also want to consider
the length of a grass type's life span, perennial or annual. Read more about these subjects below.
Grass Appearance - Bunch or Creeping
Grass spreads by tillering
(bunching) and creeping.
Tillering is the extension of the plant from the central root of the plant. These
types of grass that spread by tillering are called "bunch" grasses.
Creeping Grasses spread by horizontal roots called stolons or rhizomes that 'creep' along the
ground. Stolons are on top of the ground and rhizomes are under the ground with new
plants arising out of these "runners". Most of your warm season grass types
are creeping while the cool season grass types contain both bunch and creeping grass type species. These two different
types are often mixed for Northern lawns so as to improve the look of the lawn.
Texture - Fine Or Coarse Grass Types
The look that a grass has is determined by the blade width of the
grass. Wide blades are considered "coarse" or rough grasses, while
narrow leaves are considered "fine-textured" grasses. The color of
the grass is another area that is determined both by type & variety as well as the level of
nitrogen applied to the grass. Choose your preference for the texture of
your lawn and write down your choice.
Practically all of the lawn and turf grass types
are perennial, meaning that they can live for years. Grass will enter into dormancy (in most areas of the USA) during
winter or other periods of stress conditions but usually recover and return to their green color and normal growth.
Annual Ryegrass is one of the few annual grasses used in mixtures. It is also used for overseeding purposes in warm season grasses,
usually during winter months, when dormancy occurs. Annuals only last for one season of the year (1 year of life) grass, thus their value for use in an established perennial lawn is limited
to one season.
Write down your choice in your grass appearance and PROCEED TO STEP #4.
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