Turf: How to Choose

Common
Bermuda
Hybrid
Bermuda
Zoysia Centipede Fescue
Shade
Tolerance
poor poor fair to good fair good
Wear/Traffic
Tolerance
good good excellent poor fair to good
Ability to
Recover from
Wear
excellent excellent fair fair poor
Texture medium very fine
to medium
fine to
medium
medium
to coarse
coarse
Maintenance moderate moderate to high moderate to high low high
Drought/Heat
Tolerance
good good excellent fair poor to fair
Mowing Height ¾” to 1 ½” ⅛” to 1″ ½” to 2″ 1″ to 3″ 2″ to 3″
Low Temp
Hardiness
moderate moderate good to excellent fair good to excellent
Seeding Rate
per 1000sf
½ to 1lb n/a 2 to 5 lbs ¼ to ⅓ lb 6 to 8 lbs
Lushness
of Turf
fair fair to excellent excellent fair to excellent good
Evergreen no no no no yes
Commonly
Available Form
seed sod seed/sod seed/sod seed/sod