This August, turf professionals from around England are coming together for the Grass Court Seminar, a two-day intensive course from Wimbeldon’s team of groundskeepers. You may not be flying to the U.K. for lawn lessons, but you can still learn a thing or two from Wimbeldon, all without leaving your armchair.

Grass types for high traffic areas

Here’s on big lesson: if you need grass types that can stand up to heavy traffic, consider perennial ryegrass. Until 2001, the courts at Wimbeldon were a mix of 70 percent perennial ryegrass and 30 percent creeping red fescue, but when Wimbeldon’s groundskeepers determined the courts needed to stand up better to wear-and-tear, they shifted to 100 percent perennial ryegrass.

Some grass types are tougher than others, and perennial ryegrass is tough stuff. It stands up to Rafa Nadal; chances are it can stand up to your gang. If your lawn gets heavy traffic–whether it’s from family football games or neighborhood foot traffic–you might have found your grass.

But there are downsides to perennial ryegrass, which is one reason it’s often mixed with other grass types rather than planted alone. It’s more sensitive to summer heat than many other cool season grasses, so if you live in a place where summer temperatures are more extreme than a mild English summer, your perennial ryegrass lawn may slip into dormancy. It’s also sensitive to drought, which means it can struggle if you live in a dry climate.

If you need tough grass, plus a little drought and heat tolerance, a perennial ryegrass blended with a grass like Kentucky bluegrass is probably a better bet. It may not be Wimbeldon, but it’s close enough.