Planting Grass Seed in Utah

by Dallas Piscopo

The primary grass seed types recommended for use in Utah are…

Cool-Season Grasses

In Utah’s northern areas where climates can be cooler, a blend of fine fescue and Kentucky bluegrass  can be an excellent choice when managed correctly. This blend may require a little more maintenance but will deliver a beautiful green lawn. You may also decide to seed Kentucky bluegrassfine fescue, or even tall fescue by themselves; alone, any of these three can provide very attractive lawns. Perennial rye grass also makes an attractive lawn in Utah’s northern areas. The best time to plant a cool-season grass is between September 5th and October 10th.

Warm-Season Grasses

Towards the southern regions of Utah, where the climate is considerably warmer, Bermuda grass is used on most lawns. Bermuda grass provides a lush green lawn during the warmer months. If you want a green turf year-round, you can easily over-seed your Bermuda lawn in the fall with perennial rye grass.

Another warm-season grass that can deliver a dense lawn during hot weather is zoysia grass. However, unlike Bermuda grass, zoysia grass cannot be easily over-seeded with a cool-season grass and will turn brown during colder temperatures. Buffalograss is another warm-season grass that can be used for low-maintenance lawns at elevations ranging from 2500 ft to 7000 ft. Buffalograss does not require large amounts of either nitrogen or water.

Warm-season grasses are best established when planted in the late spring or early summer.

Read this publication from the Utah State University Cooperative Extension office for more info.

Visit the Planting Grass Seed page for detailed instructions on how to correctly plant these grass varieties mentioned above!

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