Native grasses as a lawn

bwmilam_tn(6b)December 14, 2006

I live in the midst of suburbia with less than a ¼ of an acre. IÂd much prefer to use a native grass, but it will have to be cut on a regular basis. Are there any options for someone like me living in Nashville, TN  a transitional zone? Are there any native grasses that have similar color as a standard tall fescue? Any ideas?

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ladyslppr(z6 PA)

For low-cut, formal lawns I don't think there are a whole lot of native grass choices. Buffalo grass is the only one I am aware of, and I am not sure just how easy it is to grow or how it looks - I have never grown Buffalo Grass. A different idea might be to have some of the high traffic areas of the lawn planted in a typical lawn grass, then use native grasses in other areas and cut them a little higher and less often. Lots of grasses such as Little Bluestem and Sideoats Grama will do fine if mown at maybe four to 6 inches height. They would look pretty normal - something like the rough on a golf course. The whole thing could look very manicured if you keep the edges groomed.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2006 at 9:24AM
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john_mo(z5/6)

Buffalo grass can make a great, low-maintenance, native turf in a suitable climate, but that doesn't include Tennessee. If you want a standard turf grass, non-natives are your only option.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2006 at 11:52AM
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