Native Maryland grasses for lawns

Asked March 27, 2019, 5:37 PM EDT

The high levels of precipitation that we have had this winter created large areas in our yard of bare ground. I would like to reseed the yard with a native Maryland grass that can withstand the types of rainfall that we experienced this winter. Could you recommend a native grass that may meet these requirements and where who would stock this grass for sale? Thank you very much for your help.

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

There is no type of turfgrass that is native to Maryland, and lawn, in general, does not grow well in saturated conditions. If you have had drainage issues that have resulted in wet areas, you may need to consider options for stormwater management. Please see our list of resources on that topic if this is an issue. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/stormwater-management

I also encourage you to take a look at the "Clean Howard" Stormwater Solutions program. Rebates are offered to Howard County residents to help with the installation of approved stormwater management practices. Here is the website where you can find more information. https://www.cleanwaterhoward.com/what-is-your-role/residential-properties

Turf-type tall fescue is the type of turfgrass that performs best in Maryland's conditions, but you need an area with a minimum of 4 hours of sunlight on it daily. Here is a publication that lists varieties recommended and tested by the University of Maryland. https://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_docs/programs/hgic/Non_hgic_pubs/TT-77%20Re...
You will find all of our information on lawn establishment and care here: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/lawns

Where lawn does not grow well, there are alternative (and native) groundcovers you could use. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/lawn-alternatives

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