WHAT GRASS CHOICE IS BEST FOR YOUR NEEDS?
Geographically, West Virginia is in a transition zone between warm-season and cool-season grasses. While many varieties of grass grow in West Virginia, they are not all pleasing to the eye year round. Riverside Sod Farm grows the two varieties that are best suited to West Virginia’s
transition zone and that keep the most pleasing appearances—Bluegrass and Turf-type Tall Fescue.
quality and deep green in color, Bluegrass has an excellent tolerance to heat and cold. Bluegrass also is
drought resistant and will go dormant rather than die when not watered in extreme periods of heat. Each plant has roots that
grow down plus horizontal roots, called rhizomes, that spread and grow new
and a coarser textured, Tall Fescue is a bunch grass that, once it knits, forms a tight, green lawn. Tall Fescue
performs well in shade, is very drought resistant, and will handle high traffic situations, but once worn out, will not recuperate. Each
Tall Fescue plant is separate from the neighboring plant and once it dies, it will not fill in and the lawn will become patchy. At Riverside Sod, we mix a 10 percent Bluegrass with the Tall Fescue to help prevent this situation.
It is recommended that both these varieties be watered or irrigated, otherwise, they will go dormant in extreme drought conditions. However, Turf-type Tall Fescue requires less watering and, overall, requires less maintenance than Bluegrass.