The seasonal grasses of Michigan are a beautiful addition to your landscape. They add color, texture, and contrast to your yard and garden. The best part is that they come in many different varieties! If you’re looking for something new and thrilling, you might consider adding some of these cool-season grasses to your lawn.
Below is a list of some popular cool Michigan season grasses you might plant:
One of the commonly used grasses for lawns and yards in America is Kentucky bluegrass. It’s also well recognized for use on sports grounds and golf courses for both professional sportsmen and amateurs. It is a cool season grass with a deep, thick root system that helps it survive cold temperatures, snow, and ice during winter. It grows best in moderate temperatures (between 40 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit) and is drought tolerant once established.
Kentucky Bluegrass needs full sun exposure to thrive, so it should never be planted under trees or other plants that shade the ground too much. However, if you live in an area where erosion is an issue due to heavy rains or high winds, consider planting this grass under trees. These trees offer more protection from harsh weather elements than when planted on your lawn.
The perennial grass species known as fine fescue is indigenous to North America and grows best in cool climates. Since the late 1800s and the early 1900s, it has been utilized as lawn grass throughout Europe. The grass is primarily found in the eastern United States and Canada, but you can also get it in southern Canada to the west and north.
The name, fine fescue, comes from the Latin word “fascia,” meaning band or ribbon. This name reflects the leaf structure of this type of grass, which consists of many narrow leaves that often grow together to form a thin band. The thin leaves are also responsible for its other common name Sheep Fescue.
Fine fescue is a hardy plant that thrives in cooler climates, making it ideal for use as a lawn grass in northern states such as Michigan. It does well in acidic soils and doesn’t require much fertilizer or water to survive.
Perennial ryegrass is a cool season grass used as a turf grass in lawns and golf courses. The grass has been around for over 200 years and has many benefits to homeowners. The grass is extremely low maintenance, requiring less mowing than other turf grass. It has an extensive root system that prevents soil erosion and compaction. This makes it an ideal choice for areas with heavy foot traffic or high traffic areas like playgrounds and sports fields.
It’s important to note that perennial ryegrass does not tolerate shade. So avoid planting it in areas with a lot of shade to get the maximum performance out of it over time.
This is a cool season grass that grows well in the northern states. Tall fescue is hardy, drought tolerant, and relatively easy to establish. It is also very low maintenance, making it an excellent choice for homeowners with busy schedules. Tall fescue is mainly planted on golf courses due to its resilience and ability to thrive in poor soil conditions. You can grow it as ornamental or turf grass, with both forms having a coarse texture and green coloration during the growing season.
It has long and narrow leaves, with pointed tips and edges that are rolled under when young. The stems are erect, causing the plant to reach heights between 3-4 feet tall when mature. Seeds from tall fescue can be spread by wind or water. As such, they spread quickly and form a barrier against soil erosion by rain runoff or other forces of nature like heavy winds or snowfall over time. This makes it a fantastic choice for erosion control when planted along stream banks or roadsides.
Cool Michigan Season Grasses are the ideal grasses for your garden in Michigan. They are strong, easy to maintain, and thrive all year round. If you’re interested in planting Cool Michigan Grass and want to do it organically, we can help. We offer organic fertilizer and weed control to keep your grass looking its best.
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