Us Brits love our homes and gardens….

it is often said that an Englishman’s home is his castle, but there is something to be said for the Green and Pleasant Land we call our ’Lawn’.

Grassland covers nearly 20% of the earth’s surface. There are more than ten thousand different species of grass recognised by the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Every type of grass has a vast number of cultivars. Cultivars is a term used to describe interbreeding of grasses which combine the best characteristics in one plant for any given application. For example a very good wear and resistance or high drought tolerance. We don’t usually take Cultivars into consideration when we are choosing our lawns, unless you are aiming for that perfect lawn for a game of Croquet or as a Putting Green.

So how do you choose the right type of grass for your Lawn?

First of all think about what conditions your Lawn will have to deal with.

  • General-purpose lawn: This is often a mix of hard-wearing grasses, and is suitable for areas that receive a lot of wear and tear, a play area for children or if you have pets, or for areas of high traffic. These mixtures will often be a blend of perennial ryegrass, tall fescue, red fescues and browntop. The lawn will usually grow quite fast and will require regular mowing.
  • Luxury or fine lawn: This is a mix of fine-leaved turf grasses. These lawns do not like heavy wear and tear, so would not be suitable for children or pets, or areas of high traffic. These mixtures will usually be a blend of chewings fescue, strong and slender creeping red fescue and browntop. This type of lawn will be very fine in appearance, slow growing and you’ll be able to mow at a low height.
  • Shady lawn: This type of lawn tolerates light to medium shade, such as under trees and next to hedges or fences. Most of these mixtures contain hard fescue, strong and slender creeping red fescue and browntop, which are all fine-leaved species. Shady lawns are usually not very hard-wearing.

A few extra things to take into consideration:

  • It needs to be resistant to attack of all types of pests (see more about Lawn Pests)lush and green in appearance and quick to germinate.
  • It has to have the right kind of soil to thrive. Plenty of air pockets, excellent drainage, sufficient water and a healthy mix of nutrients, organic matter and insect life. Lawn grass that is not supported properly by the soil will show bare patches and brown spots.

If you want some help making the right decision to get that perfect lush green lawn you desire, just give your local Lawn Care Professional a call. We can help you with any lawn care issues you may have.


Terry Nicholson