Selecting Non Invasive Grasses For Your Lawn

For many gardeners, the lawn is simply a means to an end. Rather than having the lawn as part of the garden, the lawn is there simply to cover the earth. Their pride and joy are the garden beds with flowers, plants, trees and/or vegetables growing. For these gardeners, the biggest complaint is that their lawn is invading their garden. The simple answer is to select grass types that are non invasive.

Bermuda Grass is one of the most popular grass types used in lawns, however, its one downfall is that it is quite aggressive and will invade garden beds quickly.  The Bluegrass varieties can also be aggressive although they are a little easier to control. Centipede and St Augustine are also fairly aggressive but they spread through runners which are easy to control.

For a truly non aggressive lawn, you need to look at grass types such as Bent Grass (often considered a weed), Fescues and Rye Grasses. The problem with Fescues and Rye Grasses is that if not cut regularly, they will quickly set to seed which is then wind blown into your garden beds where they germinate. These three grasses don’t make for terrific looking lawns, however, they do wear well and make adequate ground covers. You could also consider edging your lawn with one of these grass types.

By using non aggressive grasses for your lawn, you will find that grass weed problems are reduced or totally eliminated.  The downside is that these grasses often need repairing as they don’t have a lot of sideways growth – a factor that makes other grass types desirable in lawns. If you do develop thin patches of lawn, a grass seeding tool will help prepare the surface for seeding while not destroying the existing grass. Over sow with seed and water and that thin area will soon fill in again.

If your lawn is invading your garden, consider a non invasive grass.



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