How to Determine Grass Type in my Yard

Asked February 17, 2019, 5:00 PM EST

Hello, I have bare spots in my yard. Last fall I planted Tall Fescue, which was recommended by a friend, in some spots as an experiment. It has grown, but I’m not sure it’s the same type as the established lawn. How can I determine what type of grass constitutes my established lawn? I checked online and most photos look the same. I have attached a photo for reference. Also, are there any other lawn care tips you can share? Thanks in advance!

Montgomery County Maryland lawns and turf seeding grass type

1 Response

We looked at your photos. It is difficult to determine grass species from photos. The grass around the outer edge of the photo looks like it may be a type of tall fescue and we see some moss. The grass in the middle may be a type of blue grass but we cannot say for sure.

The photo of the patch and repair label shows that there was not much grass in the mix you used. It was mostly mulches. If you have full sun to part shade, it is recommended to plant turf type tall fescue grass. Take a look at our recommended Turfgrass Cultivars. http://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_docs/programs/hgic/Non_hgic_pubs/TT-77%20Rec...
Begin by testing the soil for pH, liming, and fertilization recommendations. http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/soil-testing
You can overseed the bare spots in March.
See our website for lawn care practices for a healthy lawn http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/lawn-care

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