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Climates Dictate the Type of Grass You Grow in Atlanta, GA

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

One of the seasonal difficulties that Atlanta, GA homeowners face is selecting the right type of grass to plant. Varying weather presents specific challenges that must be considered before spreading out grass seed. Here are some quick guidelines to keep in mind depending upon your locale.

It might sound simple to say that the weather in your area will determine the type of grass that you plant. But in Atlanta, GA, where annual temperatures can range from the low 30s to upper 90s, this is more of a rule of thumb. Let's discuss the summer months first. For Atlanta residents moving north, the temperatures hover in the lower 80s from April until early September. Here are some of the grass types that fare well in this climate range.

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Select these Summer Grasses

  • Bermuda grass. Common Bermuda grass is an excellent warm month grass because of its resistance to drought and its partnership with varying soil types.
  • Centipede grass. This low maintenance type of grass is a popular selection as far north as Athens, GA. It is slow growing and should be over fertilized.
  • St. Augustine grass. The large, coarse blades of St. Augustine grass grow quite aggressively in warm temperatures.

The winter months of Atlanta, GA exhibit temperature ranges in the middle 40s. During extreme periods, upper 30s are common. Types of grass that do well in these temps are ones that resist frost and heavy dampness.

Select these Winter Grasses

  • Tall Fescue. This is a popular type of mountain grass that does well in sun and shade. Tall fescue requires reseeding every 3 to 4 years.
  • Kentucky Bluegrass. Kentucky bluegrass grows well in a fertile soil and maximizes in partially shady areas.
  • Ryegrasses. Ryegrasses have a couple of different favorable characteristics. Use it to start a new lawn or to protect the turf of warm weather grasses.

Growing a thick, lush lawn in Atlanta, GA requires just a little knowledge of the best types of grass for the area. Stick to the basics and you will be pleased with the results.


About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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