Watching the Grass Grow: Grass Species that Thrive in Kansas
Updated: Sep 21
Our Wichita, KS Landscaping Company Can Help You Choose the Right Kind to Plant in Your Lawn
If you’ve ever traveled to different parts of the world - or even just to different parts of the United States - you’ve probably seen plants you’d never find growing in your neck of the woods. The same is true for grass species. If you want a thick, green carpet of grass for your lawn, you don’t want to opt for a type that will struggle to survive in our cold, snowy winters or humid summers. It’s a much better use of your money - and kinder to your lawn - to plant grass species that perform well instead. Let’s take a look at a few of our Wichita, KS landscapers’ favorites. And when you’re ready to transform your lawn from patchy to perfect, contact Meadowlark Landscape & Design.
A deep root system and incredible heat, cold, shade, and drought tolerance makes tall fescue, a broad-leafed, bunching grass, ideal for growing in Wichita. Tall fescue stays green all year - although it may become a more pale shade during winter - so you’re less likely to end up with a sad-looking brown winter lawn. And because you don’t have to dote on tall fescue to get it to thrive, we recommend it for property owners who like to take a more hands-off approach to lawn care.
A warm-season grass, Bermuda grass is grown most commonly in southern climates. This means it’s going to turn brown in cold months, but it’s still very hardy. You’ll find great examples of thriving Bermuda grass on golf courses or athletic fields, thanks in part to the development of hybrids that are more cold-tolerant. For residential lawns, Bermuda grass is fairly low maintenance, but it depends on your soil makeup, slope, and other factors. A landscaping company like us can help determine whether Bermuda grass is a good fit for your property.
Zoysia can be fine to coarse, and is known for its stiff blades. It’s a hardy grass you’ll find in public parks or on golf courses, as it loves sunshine. Your Zoysia lawn may need winter irrigation to prevent it from drying out, but it requires less fertilization than other grasses, like fescue. In fact, too much fertilization can cause thatch. Zoysia does best with low mowing to prevent thatch as well, at about an inch-and-a-half to two-inches tall, as opposed to the three-inches like other grasses. It isn’t tolerant of shade, nor does it thrive in high-traffic areas. But for some Wichita lawns, it’s the perfect grass species, despite all this.
A warm-season grass, buffalograss is a heat-, cold-, drought-, and humidity-tolerant species. It grows very densely, and has been in use on the plains since settlers used sod in their home construction. Requiring little maintenance, including fertilization or irrigation, Buffalograss is ideal in sunny areas. It goes dormant in the winter, but during warm seasons, it grows as a fine, gray-green grass - and creates a unique look for your lawn.
Save the Bees with a Clover Lawn
If you’re looking for a more environmentally friendly way to attain a thick, gorgeous lawn, consider planting clover instead of a typical grass seed. Clover grows prolifically in our area, and with the right care and maintenance, it serves as a beautiful lawn with lots of character. Best of all, clover provides plenty of food for pollinators, like honeybees, which not only help the rest of your landscape or garden grow, but is also just overall good for the environment. Ask Meadowlark how to go green with a clover lawn.
Why Simply Sowing Seeds Isn’t Enough
Anyone can scatter grass seed over the bare patches in your lawn, but it takes a skilled hand and a range of other landscaping services to really get it to thrive and grow. Your lawn needs more help than just seeding. It also needs the right fertilization at the right times in the spring and summer seasons. It may need aeration. Or perhaps your lawn needs some serious pest control to keep insects like armyworms under control. But your lawn can’t tell you what it needs, and you’re probably already very busy with work and family obligations to dedicate lots of personal time to diagnosing your lawn’s problems. For help with landscaping in Wichita, KS, including caring for your lawn, you’ll need expert guidance from Meadowlark Landscape & Design. We’ve been consistently recognized as one of the best landscaping companies in the city, so you can count on us to make your lawn look picture-perfect.
Schedule Lawn Care with our Wichita Landscaping Team Today
To learn more about how Meadowlark Landscape & Design can transform your lawn, call us at (316) 880-0227, or send us an email at email@example.com. One of our landscaping experts will visit your property to see your lawn firsthand, and then create a plan to beautify your yard and keep it healthy year-round. While we’re there, ask us about our other landscaping services that can save you time and help create an oasis getaway on your property.