Hardy lawn grass. For all those of you who insist on green lawns for your kids to play on or your dogs to roll in you still dont. Zoysia is a rhizomatous warm season grass that holds up well to a myriad of conditions including foot traffic. Its a dense grass thats somewhat tolerant of shade and grows best in the upper south. Zoysia is the most winter hardy of the southern grasses and is sometimes grown up to zone 7.
Kentucky bluegrass poa pratensis which is hardy in us. Zoysia grass and centipede grass are also decent shade grasses for southern climates however the more northern the lawn the less these grasses will thrive in the shade. Tolerance for heat drought shade and wear varies so check the label for details. For generations of grass enthusiasts kentucky bluegrass has epitomized the ideal lawn.
A very common cool season grass mixture is kentucky blue perennial ryegrass and fine fescue. It must be sprigged or planted as sod. Augustine grass but it cannot be bought as seed. Department of agriculture plant hardiness zones 2 through 6.
This cool season perennial grass delivers finely textured deep emerald green blades and the hardiness needed for cold northern winters. The combination develops into a perfect lawn with tolerances to many stresses and lighting conditions. Fescue grass the turf type fescue family has several members such as fine fescue chewings fescue creeping red fescue hard fescue and tall fescue grasses including kentucky 31 tall fescue. Kentucky bluegrass spreads aggressively but its root system remains relatively shallow compared to many other grasses.
All varieties of this cool season grass can withstand cold winters. It must be sprigged or planted as sod. Zoysia grass if you must. Although zoysia generally thrives in full sun it can tolerate shade.
It works best with bermuda and zoysia grasses. These types of grasses are referred to as cool season grasses and stay green year round in temperate climates. For sunny areas where year round green is a must consider hardy grasses like tall fescues and dwarf tall fescues. Although slow to establish from seed kentucky bluegrass spreads vigorously via underground stems known as rhizomes once it gets settled into sunny lawns.
The best warm season shade grass is st. In fact with its tough stems and leaves zoysia grass has the uncanny ability to heal itself quite effectively when trod upon. The pennington annual ryegrass can keep a lawn green all year long.