Different types of grass seed include bahia, buffalo, centipede, St. Augustine and zoysia, and they do best in warm climates. Centipede, perennial ryegrass, Kentucky blue grass and creeping fescue are grasses that fare better in cooler climates.
Different grasses have different strengths, weaknesses and requirements. For example, Kentucky blue grass has medium drought resistance and a medium-to-high need for water and tolerance for traffic. It grows best in partial sun to partial shade. Grasses also have different textures and growth rates, which is why some property owners buy mixed seeds. The strengths of one type of grass can compensate for the drawbacks of another.