Do you feel enthusiastic about going outside to make your lawn the greenest, lushest on the block every time you see a well-kept lawn on TV? The truth is, the type of grass in your lawn can make a big difference in making the lush-lawn dream a reality. This is mainly because all turfgrasses aren’t alike. They can be warm-season grasses like zoysia, Bermuda, and buffalo grass or cool-season grasses like Kentucky bluegrass, fescue, and perennial ryegrass. Each type of grass has its own set of challenges. However, identifying the type of grass on your lawn is crucial for several reasons.

#1 Diseases

Different grass types are less or more susceptible to various types of diseases. The diseases that attack warm-season grasses are problematic during the cool months of spring or fall, whereas those that attack the cool-season lawns are usually worse during the late summer and spring months. However, many of these diseases are exacerbated during irrigation or rainy season due to extreme moisture. Identifying the grass type your lawn has can help determine which fungus or disease might be causing the brown spots in your backyard.

#2 Fertilizer

Different grass types have different fertilizer requirements and application schedules. Since all fertilizers aren’t created equal, the fertilizer’s composition can make the turfgrass respond differently. If you use the wrong product for fertilizing the lawn or use it at an incorrect time, it can potentially cause severe damage to your lawn by putting it at an increased risk of injuries from diseases and fests while weakening the grass plant’s hardiness.

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#3 Growth

The cycle growth of your lawn will vary, depending on your lawn’s grass type. It’s important to time your lawn’s treatments according to the lawn’s growth cycle in addition to moisture and climate. For instance, if the prime growing season for cool grasses is fall or spring, it’s extremely critical to fertilize during these seasons as it is during this time that most of the growth is likely to occur. On the other hand, for warm-season grasses, the grass typically grows during late summer or late spring, which is why fertilization should be done during those seasons.

#4 Climate

Lawn grass seeds can differ in selection to ensure they perform their best according to the sun exposure and climate. If your lawn is subjected to wide temperature swings, it’s important to choose grasses that can survive the sweltering summers as well as sub-freezing temperatures.

How to Know What Type of Grasses Does A Lawn Have?

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It’s simple; you can determine whether your lawn has cool-season or warm-season grass by noting whether the lawn turned completely brown or tan during winters. If it turned brown, chances are you’ve got warm-season grasses. If not, then it means your lawn has cool-season grasses. If you’re still confused or are wondering what type of grass to seed in your lawn in Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, or Holland, Michigan, connect with expert lawn care service providers at Cut & Trim.


Our lawn maintenance specialists will visit your lawn to assess the type of grass seed or a combination of seeds that will best suit your lawn. We offer a wide range of lawn maintenance services, including lawn mowing, grass cutting, aerating, landscaping, overseeding, re-seeding, shrubbing and other ground maintenance services to help you achieve the goal of making your lawn look best in the entire neighborhood.


Have more questions? Get in touch with us to learn more about making your lawn a place that you and your loved ones can enjoy all year round.