The art of gardening and growing things such as plants, herbs, and grass is gaining popularity with people. A well-maintained lawn is visually appealing and can improve your home's curb appeal. Whether you want the lawn to look good for an upcoming event or fill in the bald spots as a part of landscaping, fast-growing grass can always help. There are a variety of options to choose from, but it's important to keep in mind the time required for the grass to grow and the amount of money you want to spend. There are several varieties of such grass and given below are some common types.
The perennial ryegrass variety is deep green in color and fine textured. It grows fast, and under ideal climatic conditions can grow within a week or two. As it germinates quickly, it is excellent for covering slopes. It grows best in cool climates, but cannot survive in droughts or extreme cold climatic conditions.
Annual ryegrass lasts for only a year. It is mainly used for temporary planting and also as temporary pastures. Due to its extensive root system, it is used as a preventive measure against soil erosion.
Depending on the climatic conditions, Kentucky bluegrass takes about 10 to 22 days to grow. This grass is blue green in color and is used in areas which have a cool climate. The most favorable temperature for its growth is 60 °F. If the temperature rises to more than 70 °F, the growth declines, and completely stops at temperatures of more than 80 °F.
Creeping Red Fescue
Creeping Red Fescue is mostly planted for turf grass and is popularly grown in the Northern regions. It grows well in cool climatic conditions. However, it cannot tolerate extreme cold. It grows best in infertile soil, provided the soil is well drained. It cannot endure highly fertile or wet soil. This variety of grass can start growing within 7 days during the spring, and may also take up to 21 days.
Tall fescue grows well in shady areas and is mostly dense and clumping. The main advantage of this type of grass is that it does not require maintenance. Due its dense root system, it can tolerate drought and stays green throughout the year. Some varieties of this grass are insect and disease resistant. It takes about two weeks for it to grow completely.
The meadow fescue is similar to tall fescue, except in leaf structure, with this variety having slender and long leaves. It is a perennial grass type which grows in bunches and thrives in cool climates.
As the name suggests, the redtop grass variety produces red seeds during summer. It grows well in moist places like water gardens, and in cooler regions of the country. It can grow in both acidic and infertile soils. This variety of grass thrives where other type of grass does not grow. It is effective for hay and pastures, and is highly nutritious for livestock. It grows within a week or two in ideal climatic conditions, especially during the spring.
Bermuda grass is the most common variety of fast-growing grass and can be used in warm as well as cool climatic conditions. It is found extensively in lawns, coastal areas, pastures, sports fields, and golf courses. It grows best in warm climate, but there are also some hybrid varieties available which grow in cooler climatic conditions. Being highly versatile, Bermuda grass is drought-resistant and can grow within 21 days.
Some of the other common varieties of fast-growing grass are Zoysia, Centipede, Carpetgrass, and Bahia Grass. Some of these can also grow in sandy soil. So go ahead and plant any one of these varieties and see your lawn become lush green.