What is Drought-Resistant Grass?

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Drought-resistant grass is a kind of grass that can continue to flourish even when there is limited rainfall. There are a number of varieties of drought-resistant grass, including tall fescue, Bermuda grass, and zoysia grass. Other grasses that are sometimes included on lists of drought-resistant grass are St. Augustine grass, Bahia grass, and buffalo grass. Each of these grasses flourishes under slightly different conditions, so it is important to research the needs of the grass prior to planting it. St. Augustine grass, for example, does best in dappled shade while Bermuda grass, Bahia grass, and buffalo grass all do best when they receive full sun exposure.

Each of these grasses has its own list of benefits. Some of the grasses are well suited to areas that receive a good deal of traffic. Zoysia grass and Bermuda grass, for example, can tolerate a fair amount of traffic. Other grasses such as buffalo grass do not stand up as well to traffic. One should consider the specific use of the area where the drought-resistant grass will be planted when choosing a species to plant.


Other important considerations include the speed at which the grass grows and the kinds of temperatures that it can withstand. Some grasses, such as Bermuda grass, do well in very warm climates and others, like fescue, can withstand winters. Some grow rather slowly and require little trimming while others, like Bermuda grass, grow quite quickly and need to be cut on a regular basis.

There are a number of reasons to plant drought-resistant grass. One of the most obvious is to be able to maintain a lawn in areas that are known for rather dry weather or are prone to droughts. It is quite common for a community to ban residents from watering their lawns during a drought or a period of little rain. People who have drought-resistant grass can enjoy green lawns even during these periods of the year.

Another reason to plant this sort of grass is to reduce the amount of water that is spent maintaining the lawn. People are becoming more conscious of conserving the Earth's resources. As one of the primary resources is water, people are doing a number of things to reduce their water usage at home, including planting drought-resistant grass on their lawns. Some are also finding alternative ways to water their grass, such as using collected downspout water.


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