Tall fescue

What type of Grass do I currently have in my lawn?

Chances are likely if you are in Northern Virginia, you have a Tall Fescue lawn. However, it is possible to grow warm season grasses such as bermuda and zoysia in our climate. Southern Virginia, especially in the Hampton Roads area has a much greater warm season grass percentage than elsewhere in the state.

How can I tell the difference?

The easiest way to tell what type of turf you have is if it turns brown in the winter months. If it does, this is a warm season grass. If your lawn stays fairly green, this is indicative of a cool season grass. Warm season grasses also spread through stolons and rhizomes. These are lateral roots above and below ground that continually reproduce. Tall Fescue is a bunch type grass and is not a vigorous spreader. Instead it must be seeded to grow together.

What’s the best type of grass for my lawn?


There is not an easy answer to that question as we live in the transition zone where warm season and cool season grasses have the ability to grow. It depends on what you are looking for. We have made a list for you to determine what suits your needs.

Cool Season Grasses: Bluegrass, Tall Fescue, Fine Fescue, Rie Grass
Ideal growing temperature – 60-75 Degrees Fahrenheit
Green for a longer period
Fertilized in the spring and fall
Inexpensive to seed and sod
Seeded in the fall
Continual seeding maintenance necessary in the transition zone
Cut at 3+ Inches

Warm Season Grasses: Bermuda, Zoysia, Bahia, St. Augustine
Ideal growing temperature – 80-95 Degrees Fahrenheit
Goes dormant for 4-6 months of the year
Fertilized in the summer
More expensive to cultivate
Sodded or sprigged in the summer
Less maintenance once established
Cut as low as 1-1.5”