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Laying Down Your New Georgia Lawn

by Gabby Hyman, All About Lawns Columnist

There's nothing sweet about Georgia brown when it comes to lawns. This time of year, Georgians are reseeding or planting new grass to replace lawns that died out last year. Selecting the right grass variety for this specific hot and humid southern climate is critical in creating a healthy lawn that is easy to maintain and looks terrific.

Of course, using sod for new warm-season grass is the quickest and surest way to get a deep green healthy look. Seeding requires more care. The bare soil provides a great host for weeds, and grass seeds can run off into the street during spring watering and rainfall.
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Find Your Optimal Georgian Grass Type

Varieties of centipede grass, zoysia grass, and Bermuda grass are the most prevalent types used in Georgian lawns. But know going in that these grasses really love direct and constant sunshine. Many lawn care experts suggest that you plant or sod these varieties only in spots that receive a minimum of seven or eight hours of daily sunlight.

Fescue is another popular choice, but this grass certainly won't fit under the "low maintenance" category. Fescue is particularly fussy about soil pH and aeration. In some parts of Georgia, you can rely on showers and thunderstorms to contribute to overall watering requirements for zoysia grass, and Bermuda grass. Not so with fescue, which gives up the fight without routine watering. You may need a good sprinkler or irrigation system to keep fescue in the pink -- or green.

Lastly, take into account the amount of mowing you'll commit to with each variety of grass.  Bermuda grass requires mowing at 1"-2"; centipede grass from 1"-1.5"; and zoysia grass at .5"-1.5".  If you have the dedication for watering fescue, you won't have to mow it as often. Fescue needs mowing from 2"-3".

About the Author
Gabby Hyman has created online strategies and written content for Fortune 500 companies including eToys,, Siebel Systems, Microsoft Encarta, Avaya, and Nissan UK.

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