Common types of grass for lawns differ by location but include Bermuda, bluegrass, fescue and ryegrass. Warm-season grasses usually spread with runners, whereas cool-season grasses spread from the plant crown. Setting the mower height based on the type of grass ensures a healthier lawn, states Lowes.
Bermuda grass grows well in full sun. It is highly tolerant to foot traffic and grows aggressively, making the lawn resistant to weeds. However, if Bermuda grass grows into a flowerbed, the same aggressive behavior makes it difficult to eliminate.
Bluegrass is a good choice for cooler areas, but it requires good soil to thrive. With the right growing conditions, plenty of sunlight and regular watering, bluegrass provides a lawn with exceptional color and texture.
Several members of the fescue family are available, and choosing the appropriate seed depends on growing conditions. All varieties do well surviving cold winters; however, they vary in tolerance for drought, sun or shade. Fescues require regular fertilizing and aeration of the lawn.
Perennial ryegrass seeds germinate quickly and withstand regular foot traffic. This grass is a good choice for overseeding to maintain a green lawn when other grasses go into their dormant seasons. When mowing, landscapers should leave ryegrass 2 to 3 inches tall, suggests Lowes.