Know Your Lawn: Cool-Season Grasses

Posted on November 14, 2018

No two yards are built equally. Everything from weather, to run off, to soil composition can affect how your lawn grows and functions throughout the year. In some areas of the country, grasses like Bermuda and St. Augustine will thrive year round. In New England, we don’t have that luxury. Our winter shows up and leaves an expanse of snow and brown grass in its wake. Luckily for us, landscaping in Weston MA can help make our lawns stay green year round. Even if it is buried under two feet of snow. Cold-season grasses can grow in colder climates. So when the snow fades away, you can get right back to mowing


This species of cool-season grass is the one most used in New England. The key to keeping this grass green and lush sits with the exposure. All you need is sunlight, a regular water supply, and good soil. Consider bluegrass for your lawn when landscaping in Weston MA.

Perennial Ryegrass

As far as cool-season grasses go, perennial ryegrass is best suited for coastal regions. For the best growing conditions, this grass needs plenty of sun. If you use your yard frequently for barbecues and games, perennial ryegrass is your best bet. It can withstand more foot traffic than any other grass in the area.

Fine Fescue

Fine fescue grows to about 3-2 inches in height before it needs to be mowed. The best part about this grass is that it grows just as well in the sun or in shady areas. No matter what your soil composition, fine fescue is likely to grow. One downside to this species of grass is that it can only withstand light foot traffic.

Tall Fescue

Unlike fine fescue, tall fescue can tolerate plenty of foot traffic. The best part about tall fescue is its high resistance to weeds and disease. It grows dense and uniformly for a beautiful looking lawn. While it can withstand cold winter conditions and remain green, severe winter conditions can cause the color to fade.

The next time you’re landscaping in Weston MA, pay attention to what kind of grass you’re dealing with. For more information on lawn care and installation, contact Cataldo Landscape and Masonry at 781-304-8900 or visit us online.