Adjust your mower to leave the grass taller in shaded areas. Traditional warm- or cool-season grasses do not do well in this area. St. Augustine grass (zones 8-10)—This heat-tolerant grass has blades of a bluish-green color and coarse texture. Warm-season grasses thrive in the lower Southeast and Southwest, where growing-season temperatures range between 80 and 95 degrees. Grass seed can be a challenge for zone 6. Well adapted and trouble free … Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis): Blooms earlier than most grasses. Changes to a reddish, copper column in winter. In between, across the country, lies the transition zone, where both warm-season and cool-season grasses can do well. Photo by Roger Foley. The grass grows thick and green and keeps its color for most of the year. Size: To 6 feet tall. Nitrogen-based fertilizers are typically applied to Zoysia grasses in early, mid and late summer. Name: Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster' Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil. Choosing Grass Seed. Zoysia (Zoysia spp, zones 6 to 9). It is low maintenance, drought tolerant, and grows in both full or part sun. Alternatives: Centipede grass, Bahia grass, Seashore paspalum. These grasses flourish across cooler northern climates and into the challenging “transition zone," where cool and warm regions overlap. ... may be grown as a permanent lawn in USDA zones 3 through 6 … Traits: Originally from Africa, it thrives in full sun, spreads aggressively, and needs lots of fertilizer. Zoysia grass (zones 5-10)—A popular type of warm-season lawn grass with good cold tolerance. Warm-season grasses, such as Bermudagrass, Bahiagrass , Zoysia grass, and Centipede grass , peak in growth during the warmer temperatures of … USDA Zones 4 to 10; Most grass-like ground cover; Also called monkey grass (though there’s a totally different family of plants that also shares the common name) and lilyturf, this easy-care perennial is a fantastic choice for borders and those awkward areas of ground between sidewalks and the road, or around trees. Hardy Pampas Grass is a more cold-hardy variety of the popular White Pampas Grass. Mow 1 to 2 inches high. Only apply sulfur when the outdoor temperature is below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This warm-season perennial grass can have either coarse or fine texture, and is adapted to a wide range of soils. 60-144" tall (5-12 ft) x 48-72" wide (4-6 ft). Hardy Pampas Grass grows to about 5 feet and then sends up airy, white plumes that can reach up to 10 feet tall. If the pH of your soil is higher than 6.5, apply sulfur to get your levels between 6.0 and 6.5. Saccharum ravennae 'Erianthus' will grow in colder regions down to a zone 6. Turf Grass Selection Climate Zone Map The Turfgrass Selection Climate Zone Map - This map, found below, is a color coded map for selection of the type of grass based on climate (rainfall, etc) and on temperatures. Finding the right grass or MIXTURE of grasses is an important step in planting a great lawn, pasture or sport field. The best bet is to choose a grass that handles temperature extremes such as a cool-season grass that handles the heat or a warm-season grass that can handle the cold, suggests Neil Christians and Ashton Ritchie in the book, “Lawns.” The most popular ornamental grass, feather reed grass offers a distinct upright habit that looks fantastic all winter long. When to plant: April . Blue Stem (Andropogon gerardi): An Illinois native grass. 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