Picture this: you have just built your dream home in South Carolina and would like to create a lush and full lawn. You have heard stories about the challenges of growing grass in our clay based soil and hot sun. You are probably asking yourself, “What type of grass is best to be planted in South Carolina?” This is an important question to answer in order to choose the most appropriate grass seed for your specific situation. Here we will go over a few types of grass and which conditions they are best suited for.
Consider Your Needs
When asking yourself what type of grass is best to be planted in South Carolina, you must consider your individual needs and the conditions in which you will be trying to grow the grass.
Certain types of grass may require more water, more trimming and maintenance, or a certain soil type to perform to the best of their ability. Before deciding which seed to buy, spend some time evaluating what type of maintenance schedule you will be able to commit to. Take into consideration whether you would like to install irrigation, check out how much sun your yard gets during the day, and if possible, have your soil tested.
Types of Grass to Plant in South Carolina
Below are some grasses that are well suited for the climate and soil conditions of South Carolina.
Zoysia-Zoysia is a hardy, warm-season grass that grows in a wide range of conditions. It is tolerant of both sun and partial shade, and it will handle poor soils that may be found in the coastal areas of the state. Being a warm-season grass, this type will flourish and look great during the hot and dry periods of the summer. That said, it is quite tolerant of cooler temperatures as well, making it an excellent choice for upstate South Carolina. If you would like to avoid installing irrigation, Zoysia’s drought resistance may make it a good candidate. Zoysia will need regular mowing and de-thatching to maintain a healthy growth habit.
Fescue-Another versatile grass is fescue. It is a cool- season grass but can survive in the heat of the summer if provided with adequate irrigation. It is also tolerant of poor soil conditions and is a great choice for a shady yard. Despite being fairly heat tolerant for cool-season grass, it can be delicate during extremely hot and dry summers, and reseeding annually in the fall will prevent your lawn from becoming patchy.
Bermuda-Bermuda is a heat tolerant and very hardy grass. It is highly drought resistant and will continue looking its best throughout the hottest parts of the summer. It is a quick grower and will reward even the busiest homeowner with a lush lawn. One condition that Bermuda grass will not tolerate is shade. That said, its tolerance of hot sun and little water will make it a great choice for most environments found in South Carolina. Bermuda will require a stricter fertilization routine compared to others. Due to its quick growth, regular mowing will be a necessity.
Centipede-Centipede is another warm-season grass that does well in the hot summer sun. It will tolerate drought conditions and is well suited for southern and coastal areas of the state. That said, centipede will be a little more tender to cool temperatures and may not be the best choice for upstate. In the right conditions, it will be quite low maintenance, not requiring much in the way of fertilization.
Which is the best grass for you?
These are just a few options to consider, there are many hybrids of each which have been bred to fulfill specific needs presented in certain conditions. If you are having trouble deciding, consider asking a local landscaper for their take on what type of grass is best to be planted in South Carolina. They deal with the conditions and the different types every day, and they may be able to provide valuable insight.
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