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Warm Season Grasses & When to Use Them

Lawn & Yard Care

By Marty Ross

Ensure your lawn has every advantage for success by choosing the right grass for your region. Grow a type of grass that naturally flourishes in your climate and conditions. Turf grasses, those suitable for lawns, are divided into two general categories, warm-season and cool-season. If you live in the southern half of the United States, most of the grasses you see are warm-season.

What Are Warm-Season Grasses?

Warm-season grasses are turf types that thrive when temperatures are over 75 degrees. In the south, southeast, and southwest, where summers are long and average temperatures are high, warm-season grasses are the best.

In the fall and winter, warm-season grasses become dormant. They turn a tawny brown when temperatures begin dropping, but they do not die. These grasses turn green again in the spring when the weather warms up. If summers are especially hot and dry, warm-season grasses may also go through a period of summer dormancy. However, rain or regular watering, will revive them.


Throughout the growing season, a Gilmour Flexogen hose and Pattern Master Circular Sprinkler will help take care of your warm-season lawn when rainfall is not sufficient. The circular sprinkler is easy to adjust. No matter the shape of your lawn, it helps you water only the dry areas of grass without watering sidewalks and driveways.

Types of Warm Season Grasses


Gardeners who move to warm southern areas from the north often wish to bring their favorite cold-climate turf types, but bluegrass and other cold-season grasses struggle in the south. Warm-season grasses are adapted to both the warm and humid or warm and arid climates of the south and southwest.

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