Drought tolerant lawn grass seeds are available in various varieties. You may want to choose from different types of drought tolerant lawn grasses to ensure your yard does not become infested with weeds or other problems due to weed growth. If you have already planted drought tolerant lawn grass seed, then it would be good if you could see how well they perform after a few years. So, let’s take a look at some drought resistant lawn grasses!
What Are Drought Resistant Lawn Grass Seeds?
A drought resistant lawn grass is one which thrives in dry conditions. They are usually grown under conditions where there is little rainfall or even none at all. These plants require less water than their non-drought tolerant counterparts. Some of these grasses grow very well in hot climates such as Florida and Texas while others thrive best in cool climate areas like California and Arizona.
The term “drought resistant” refers to the fact that these plants will survive periods of low rainfall or lack of moisture. They do not need to be watered excessively during those times. They can even go dormant during these dry spells.
When they are needed again, they will come back stronger than ever before.
How Do You Know Which Kind Of Drought Resistant Lawn Grass Is Best For Your Yard?
The first thing that you need to think about is your climate.
Is it dry all year round? Are there wet winters and dry summers?
Perhaps it rains a lot in the afternoons but is very dry during the day. You also need to decide what you want to use your lawn for.
Do you just want a place to walk to the mailbox and from the house to the garage? Or do you want to have barbecues and play sports on it?
The more activity that will be going on the more sturdy your lawn should be.
Some grasses that are good for Texas and other places with very hot, dry summers include buffalo grass, Bermuda grass and Hylotelephium. Buffalo grass is native to North America and can easily be identified by its long blades of green and purple coloring. The blades often grow up to three inches from the root.
The root itself can grow to be quite deep, sometimes as much as three feet down.
Bermuda grass is native to the islands of Bermuda and also grows very deep roots, sometimes all the way down to twelve feet. It is known for its ability to turn very green during the hottest days of summer, when other plants might wither. Hylotelephium, which often goes by the name of “Siberian stonecrop”, is a succulent plant that can survive periods of drought due to its thick stems and leaves.
What Else Can You Tell Me About These Grass Types?
There are many other types of grasses that are considered drought resistant. All of these have different benefits and drawbacks. The one that you choose will ultimately be based on your own personal tastes, as well as the climate in which you live.
Bahiagrasses originate from South America, and are now most commonly found in the southern parts of the United States. They are very quick to establish themselves. They also tolerate dry conditions well.
The only problem with these grasses is they have a tendency to go dormant if they get too much water. That means they will turn brown and die if there are wet or soggy conditions for too long.
Pampasgrasses are native to South America as well. They have the benefit of not needing much fertilizer to grow, and despite their name, are very drought tolerant. They do not go dormant when it gets wet, but they do need consistent moisture for the first three years after they are planted.
Where Can I Get These Lawn Types?
The easiest place to get these lawn types are at your local nurseries or garden centers in your area.
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