Grass Types That Grow Best in Colorado
Spring is just around the corner. Lawn lovers of the Mile High City may be wondering what grass types grow best in Colorado.
Are you new to the area? Did you upgrade from an apartment to your dream home? Is this the year you are finally doing all that re-landscaping you’ve been thinking about? Did your neighbor tell you that his lawn is going to be greener than yours and now its GAME ON? All of these situations (and many more) are great motivators to educating yourself on all things grass.
Colorado has an unofficial slogan of being the state with 300 Days of Sunshine. This has overtime been deemed a “myth” but it has some truth to it. If you live here, you know that Denver can be dry as heck. Summer of 2020 had 67 days in a row with a high temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, coming very close to the all-time record of 73 consecutive days in 2012. I felt it, you felt it and the grass certainly felt it. Having grass that can handle the heat is key to having the greenest lawn on the block..
Kentucky Bluegrass is our tried and true, our staunch, the go-to for Colorado grass types. A cool-season grass such as this thrives in areas with balmy hot summers and bleak cold winters. Spring and early fall is when this grass really shows its true colors as this is a time of rapid growth. The rhizomes of this grass create a network underground within the soil. Kentucky Bluegrass spreads fast and thick leaving you with a sturdy turf that’s resistant to damage while also being gentle on the toes as you walk through it. You may even be drawn to roll around on it with your kids. Go for it. It really is soft enough for that! Whether it be in the shade or direct sunlight, the emerald hue will shine true.
Another great option for Colorado lawns is Perennial Ryegrass. This grass shares several of the same amazing qualities of Kentucky Bluegrass. The biggest difference between the two is germination time. Perennial Ryegrass germinates faster. This appeals to those who can’t bear to look at the not so green sparse areas of their lawn for much longer. So what’s a lawn enthusiast to do when they want the ideal color of Kentucky Bluegrass but the speedy germination of Perennial Ryegrass? An 80/20 mix of the two with Kentucky Bluegrass being the bulk of it will give you the best of both worlds.
If you aren’t expecting to have as much foot traffic on your lawn and want something a bit low maintenance, Fescue is the way to go. Fescue prefers shade and dry soil. It will need to be watered considerably less than the other grasses we have mentioned here. It is not as easy on the eyes but will give you the green lawn you desire if you live in a community with heavy watering restrictions.
There are pros and cons to all three, but these are definitely the best options for Colorado. Having the perfect lawn doesn’t end at picking the best grass though. Grass is living. Living things need to be cared for properly in order to flourish to their utmost potential. That is where we can help. Erbert Lawns has been meeting the lawn care needs of Denverite’s for over 35 years. We know all the secrets, tips and tricks to make your lawn goals a reality. A perfect place to start would be with our Weed Control and Fertilization Program. With your commitment and our expertise your neighbors will be green with envy once they set eyes on your lush lawn.
We can give you more information about the type of grass you have, please call or text us at 303-948-6631.