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What Is the Best Grass Seed for Dunwoody?

May 23, 2022

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Georgia is located in the south and has a subtropical climate. Georgia's weather is often humid, with lots of rain throughout the year. This makes grass cultivation in Georgia simple. However, you must select the appropriate grass kind for your lawn in order for it to tolerate harsh temperatures and excessive humidity. I'll tell you about these grass species and how to grow them so you may have a lovely lawn.

There is no better feeling than seeing greener and healthier grass as you leave your house. Perhaps you've seen it someplace and are curious about the best grass to grow in.


Georgia's Best Grass Seed

Seed of Bermuda Grass

Bermuda grass is a warm-season perennial grass that can withstand Georgia's high heat. It is particularly drought resistant and requires minimal water. Bermuda grassroots also aid in erosion prevention. It's also low maintenance, having a thick growth habit that keeps most weeds at bay.

Seeds of Zoysia Grass

Because it is drought resistant, zoysia grass is a great choice for Georgia's climate. It may also be utilized as a lawn in locations where the temperature does not fall below 15 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter. Although zoysia grass has a gritty texture and a lovely dark green hue, it is not as thick as some other species of grasses.

Seed of Buffalo Grass

Buffalo grass, which is drought-resistant, is another ideal choice for Georgia's environment. It may also be utilized as a lawn in locations where the temperature does not fall below 15 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter. Buffalo grass has a gritty texture and a good dark green hue, although it is not as thick as some other grasses.

Centipede Grass Seed

Centipede grass is a low-maintenance, heat-tolerant perennial grass that forms turf. It may thrive on sandy soils with few to no fertilizers.

Centipede grass grows slowly in comparison to other warm-season grasses. 

Centipede Turfgrass develops light green blades on medium-height stolons, making it appropriate for usage along roadsides or around playfields.


One of the first considerations you'll need to make if you're having your lawn re-sodded is the sort of grass to utilize. Different species of grass have distinct appearances and need varying amounts and types of upkeep throughout the year.

It is also critical to select a grass that is appropriate for your climate and soil type.

Tall fescue is the ideal grass for slightly shaded lawns in northern and central Georgia.

Tall Fescue (Festuca Arundinacea)

Tall fescue is one of the most common grasses in Georgia's mountains and north Georgia. This is a perennial bunchgrass that grows quickly and has to be mowed frequently in the spring and fall. Tall fescue needs more water than warm-season grasses to remain green in the summer. It grows swiftly from seed and thrives in both full sun and light shade. Tall fescue tolerates a broad variety of soil conditions, but, like other turfgrasses, thrives in soil pH ranges between 5.5 and 6.5. Tall fescue lawns thin down and become "clumpy," necessitating reseeding every three or more years.



Tall fescue is an excellent turfgrass choice for well-drained clay soils. Tall fescue tolerates shade and dryness well and stays green all year with frequent watering. In the spring and fall, the deep-rooted, cool-season perennial grass grows quickly and has a bunch-like habit.

Tall fescue thrives in clay. It is a cool-season grass that thrives in both full sun and moderate shade.

Follow these simple techniques to grow grass in red clay soil

  1. Remove any existing weeds and grass from the seeding area.
  2. Mix in the lime.
  3. Consider composting.
  4. Plant the grass seed.
  5. Wrap the seed in a thin coating of straw.
  6. Water the entire area thoroughly.


Grass Varieties that Grow in Clay with Little Sunlight

Clay soils are composed of tiny particles that are closely packed together. The particles absorb too much water and do not enable enough air to get through to support a healthy root system. 

Buffalo grass, zoysia, tall fescue, bermudagrass, and perennial ryegrass are among the finest grass seeds for clay soil. These grasses have deep and broad root systems, which allow them to endure poor drainage, limited air circulation, and hot, dry conditions in clay soil lawns.

The ideal grass seed for damp soil is perennial ryegrass, which is a cool-season grass that grows best in lower temperatures and does not fall dormant in the winter. It can survive in both wet and dry circumstances. Once established, it is also drought resistant.


Tall Fescue Grass

This is a cool-season grass that thrives in either partially shaded or sunny conditions. Fescue stays green all year, which is a desirable feature for a landscape; yet fescue requires the most maintenance of any common grass. However, because it prefers cool nights to recover from hot days, it may require more water during the summer season and may even go dormant or become patchy if temperatures remain in the 90s during the day and 70s at night, or if drought conditions persist.


Grass types that thrive in clay with limited sunshine confront greater obstacles than other grasses.

Shade-tolerant grasses require special attention since they are frequently weaker and thinner when planted in the shade.

Fescue, often known as cold season grass, is the most shade tolerant grass that can be grown in Georgia. You may also think about other grasses that can be cultivated in the state, such as zoysia, centipede grass, and bermudagrass.

Bahia grass loves sandy soils but may grow in moist, clay soils as well. Bahia grass can thrive in low light conditions and is drought tolerant.

Chewings fescue, creeping red fescue, hard fescue, and thin creeping red fescue are all members of the fine fescue group, which includes five species that withstand poor soils, including clay.

Fine fescues have high shade tolerance and adapt well to colder temperatures.

Chewings fescue grows into a dark-green, low-maintenance lawn with an aggressive bunching habit that keeps weeds at bay.

Sheep fescue produces highly textured, blue-green grass, but not a beautiful lawn.

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