The answer is more nuanced than you might think.
Maybe you’re getting ready to lay down a new lawn. Or maybe you’re just wondering if the lawn you have could look better. Either way, you’re wondering what the best type of grass for your front yard is. Although your grass may be only a backdrop to the rest of the trees and botanicals in front of your house, the best type for you will also depend upon the seasons, soil, and weather conditions of your neighborhood.
There are cool-season grass types and warm-season grass types. To give your lawn the greatest chance at success, you’ll have to analyze which types of grass fit your climate conditions and the local soil.
Cold Weather Grasses
Living somewhere cool where snow isn’t unexpected in winter and the summer sun is mild, like the northern U.S. or the west coast? Opt for:
- Kentucky Bluegrass
- Rough Bluegrass
- Bent Grass
- Fescue Ryegrass
These types develop the strong roots needed to survive and thrive in cooler climates.
Warm Weather Grasses
However, if you’re Texan like we are, you might be more interested in the varietals of warm weather grass. These include:
- Bermuda Grass
- Buffalo Grass
- St. Augustine Grass
- Carpet Grass
- Zoysia Grass
Warm-season grasses like these typically stay thick and lush in the summer months, but begin to yellow as they become dormant for the summer.
If you aren’t a fan of this yellow look, or just want to avoid the risk of choosing the wrong kind of grass for your lawn, there is always the artificial grass alternative. The right kind of artificial grass looks great in any season, whether you experience frosts or drought-inducing heat waves. Our recommendation for artificial grass is EasyTurf. We’ve found that this brand has an authentic, lush grass-like look and feel, and when properly installed, has unparalleled durability.
A healthy lawn can add curb appeal and function as an extension of your indoor living space. When in doubt about what type of grass is best for the current season in your area, make sure to ask your landscaper for their professional advice. Think long-term when installing your lawn, and it can become a source of pride for you and your family for years to come.