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There are so many types of grass that are not necessarily associated with a grass species. For example, the well-known wild rice belongs to the grass species. However, considering the topic of grass species under the aspect of ornamental and commercial lawns, the wide range of grass species is considerably limited.
Also referred to grass as the Alang alang grass, the Atlasschwingel, the bearskin grass, the blue winglet, the bluish rayhaver, the tuft grass. If you go on in the ABC, you will encounter, among other things, the miscanthus. However, none of the listed grasses is suitable for a lawn.
But what type of grass is used when creating a lawn, and which type of grass should you avoid as far as possible?
This question is posed to all those who put on a lawn for the first time. Because, as with all new topics also, one feels more or less strange in the subject and thus not necessarily competent. It is not difficult to get into this topic. In addition, you can find the right lawn mix for every location in the specialist trade. Here, however, is basically to keep away from cheap lawn mixtures fingers. The trouble is usually preprogrammed. Real quality, as far as the seed is concerned, can be found in somewhat more expensive turf seed mixtures, which the market peddles. High-quality seed for the lawn is far less affected by moss infestation or weed infestation than more expensive seeds. The same applies to growth inhibitions.
Highly recommended in every case is the German ryegrass, meadow bluegrass and the ostrich grass. These grasses require more or less attention, with dwarf grass averaging in terms of the long-term care and durability of the last listed grass species.
If you use very deliberate mixtures of grass, which consist of a variety of grass species, so you should pay attention to what the grass species are then used. Is it a lawn that is more likely to thrive in the shade, or a lawn ravaged by a small gang of rattles, a lawn for playing, or a lawn used for recreation? Agricultural lawn is in any case less sensitive than the pure ornamental grass.
Which types of grass are there?
Before you go into more detail about choosing lawn grass for your garden, you will be interested in an overview of the species most commonly found in commercial grass seed:
- 1. Often this is German ryegrass or to find Lolium perenne, as an offshoot forming Horstgras an excellent grass for any more heavily strained lawn. The Lolium is lush green with shiny stalk leaves on the underside, grows quickly and well and usually regenerates excellently when used, therefore more than 100 varieties are approved as seed in Germany. Disadvantages: Requires a lot of water and many nutrients, is susceptible to various rot diseases.
- 2. Often you will find that Red ostrich grass or Agrostis capillaris, a breed of grass which is quite old from breeding and is suitable for ornamental lawns and lawns for use. The red ostrich grass is usually not very dark and feinhalmig, has neither a high nutrient requirement nor a high water requirement, it can be mowed well and may also be charged. Unfortunately, the winter color of this bouquet grass is not very attractive.
- 3. That, too creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera) is one of the known species, it is suitable for ornamental lawns and golf turfs. Accordingly, it forms fine stalks, is resilient and among the grass species the one that tolerates the deepest cut. The grass is rather lighter in color and has a slightly higher water and nutrient requirement than the red ostrich grass. The winter color is also not very nice, also the braid grass is prone to snow mold.
- 4. Gladly used is the fescue, Festuca arundinacea, which is well suited for use on grassy areas with a medium nutrient requirement. However, this Horstgras looks a bit rough and may be charged only cautiously.
- 5. The next fescue, the sheep's fescue or Festuca ovina, is a collective name for several subspecies. It is all about cut-resistant, but not heavy duty horst grasses with bristle-like leaves that need little water and nutrients, but also do not grow very high. They carry name additions such as common sheep fescue or fine leaved fescue, 18 varieties are tested and approved in Germany.
- 6. The red fescue, Festuca rubra, is again a collective name, essentially using the subspecies Horst-Rotschwingel, foothills Rotschwingel and Kurzausläufer Rotschwingel. With its bristling stalks this fescue is an important grass in the working lawn, but is also suitable for ornamental lawns.It needs very little nutrients and moisture and can be cut very well, many of the more than 100 available varieties also tolerate a low cut.
- 7. The Kentucky bluegrass (Poa prantensis) is approved in about 50 varieties, among which there are fine-leaved and broad-leaved, all resilient and cut tolerant and with medium water requirements, a good grass for turfs and wear turf. However, it needs many nutrients, germinates only slowly and then forms rhizomes (subterranean foothills).