The first step to a great-looking lawn is knowing what kind of grass you’re growing and its characteristics. Common grasses found in Midwestern lawns include Fine Fescue, Kentucky Bluegrass, and Perennial Ryegrass; each grass type comes with its own set of pros and cons.
Fine Fescue Cons: Intolerant of high temperatures, doesn’t grow well in wet soil conditions Pros: Excellent in shade, tolerant of drought and infertile soils
Kentucky Bluegrass Cons: Poor shade tolerance, slow to establish Pros: High-quality appearance, has good low-temperature hardiness
Perennial Ryegrass Cons: Least cold-hardy of the cool-season grasses, not recommended as a standalone turf grass - better if mixed as part of a seed mixture Pros: Used for overseeding and quick establishment of cover, good wear tolerance
To get a lawn you’ll love, you and our lawn care specialists will need to team up to prevent and fix potential lawn problems.