Is there a grass (lawn) that I can plant that is drought tolerant and...

Asked September 22, 2016, 12:30 PM EDT

Is there a grass (lawn) that I can plant that is drought tolerant and suitable for Ashtabula County

Ashtabula County Ohio

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Usually we are not in drought in Ashtabula County so a drought tolerant seeding is not needed. Most would prefer a nice blend which will help your lawn survive through all sorts of weather conditions. Here is some information on the various lawn specie types


Kentucky Bluegrass: The primary grass planted in Ohio, especially in the Northern 2/3 of the state is Kentucky Bluegrass. It is considered the best quality turfgrass and makes a fine textured lawn. It has the ability to fill-in damaged areas without reseeding. Bluegrass is also more winter-hardy than the rest of the lawn species used in Ohio. Newer varieties are more resistant to diseases. It performs best in full sun, but can be mixed with a fine fescue for use in shady areas. Bluegrass can take 1 to 3 months to germinate and establish depending on site conditions. It makes an excellent athletic field. Bluegrass can be seeded or sodded for establishment. Read more Bluegrass information.

Perennial Ryegrass: Most of the perennial ryegrass used in lawns is in a mix of Kentucky Bluegrass. Its fast establishment time works well with the slower establishment time of Bluegrass. It is also a fine textured grass similar to Bluegrass with good drought tolerance. It is not as cold tolerant as Bluegrass but is suitable for Ohio lawns. Read more Ryegrass information.

Fine Fescues: Red, hard and chewings fescues are all used in the state of Ohio. Their primary use is in blends with either Tall Fescue or Kentucky Bluegrass on shady lawns. While they can be planted alone, usually they are a part of a mixed variety lawn. Creeping Red is the most popular of the varieties because its texture is considered the best turf type. Hard & chewings are used in blends for areas in which increased shade or inadequate soil types are more of an issue. - Read more Fescue information.

Tall Fescue: Tall Fescue is a cool season grass with a coarser, wider blade texture. Leaves usually range as wide as 1/4 inch, though some newer varieties are finer leaved. It has increased in popularity in Ohio due to its good drought and heat tolerant allowing the lawn to remain green in hot summers that usually stress Bluegrass. It is often used on home lawns, roadsides, parks and playgrounds, and athletic fields where the wider blade width is acceptable. Read more Tall Fescue information. Tall Fescue is more suited to the lower 1/3 of the state because of summer & winter temperatures.

Bentgrass: Bentgrass will grow in Ohio, but are predominately limited to high maintenance locations such as Golf Courses. This is because the cultural issues involved in keeping Bentgrasses healthy (disease / mowing / fertilization / irrigation) are much more involved and require more frequent attention than other lawn varieties. It is NOT recommended for the average homeowners use. Penncross Creeping Bentgrass is considered the best choice in variety for a homeowner who "must" have a grass green in their back lawn. Read more Bentgrass information.

Other Grass Types: Zoysia is planted to a lesser degree in Ohio, than in more Southern located states. This is because of the long dormant period in which

Zoysiagrass is a brown color from fall to mid spring. While it is not really compatible with the cool season grasses above, it has still maintained some popularity because of its drought / heat tolerance vs the cool season grasses in Ohio's summers. - Annual Ryegrass is not generally planted because it does not survive the high and low temperatures of Ohio very well. Perennial Ryegrass is the preferred ryegrass.

Bermudagrass has seen some interest in Ohio, but the varieties available to date do NOT have the cold tolerance and special management needed to survive Ohio winters. Buffalograss is occasionally planted in Ohio for use as a low maintenance grass.