Best grass seed varieties for 23235

Asked May 25, 2014, 3:03 PM EDT

Hello, I live in Chesterfield near Huguenot Park. My lawn is full of weeds, and I am planning on killing everything in August and seeding my lawn in early September. Can you recommend the best grass seed varieties for my loction?

Chesterfield County Virginia turfgrass grass varieties

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The best turfgrass variety for your central Virginia lawn depends in large part on how much sun the lawn gets. Sunny lawns are those that get 6 or more hours of direct sun a day, while lawns receiving less than 6 hours are considered shady. This publication from Virginia Tech gives recommendations based on recent research for different varieties that do well in these two situations. You might take this list to your full service garden center and ask which of these they carry.

Grass seed is often found in a blend of varieties which means if one variety doesn't do well in your yard, some of the others should be fine.

The cool season grasses are those which stay green from late summer/early fall until late spring or early summer. During the heat of the summer they tend to go dormant. Kentucky Bluegrass, considered one of the most beautiful grasses, does not do well in our area when planted alone due to the excessive heat of our summers. Fescue is usually the first choice for lawns here and there are a number of varieties available.

If you can tolerate a lawn that turns brown in late fall and stays that way until spring, then a warm season grass such as Bermuda grass may be a good choice. Bermuda requires less care and watering and is a tough grass that stands up to a lot of traffic. Zoysia is another choice of warm season grass that is beautiful in summer and brown in winter. Zoysia is not commonly sold as seed.

The publications below may be helpful to you in deciding which grass seed to use in your lawn renovation. If you have additional questions, please use the reply feature within this email or call the Chesterfield Extension Office at 804-751-4401.

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Establishing Lawns
http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/426/426-718/426-718_pdf.pdf

Fall Lawn Care
http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/430/430-520/430-520_pdf.pdf

Index to more lawn care publications
http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/category/lawns.html