Can’t decide whether to seed your lawn with Fescue or Bermuda?
Although there are dozens of varieties of lawn grasses, Fescue and Bermuda are among the most popular.
They both produce a clean, uniform-looking lawn that can enhance your home’s curb appeal. Fescue and Bermuda aren’t the same, however.
While similar in appearance, there are some key differences between them that shouldn’t be ignored.
What Is Fescue?
Fescue is a turfgrass that’s characterized by ultra-fine leaves.
When compared to Bermuda, Fescue has thinner blades of grass. As it grows, Fescue’s ultra-fine blades will help to fill your lawn. If there’s an area of your lawn with little or no grass, seeding it with fescue is a surefire way to treat it.
It’s also worth mentioning that Fescue is more tolerant of cold temperatures than Bermuda. Fescue grows in many warmer climates, including Texas, but it’s able to grow in cooler climates as well.
What Is Bermuda?
Bermuda, on the other hand, is a fast-growing variety of lawn grass that’s characterized by moderately thick leaves.
It has thicker and coarser blades of grass than its fescue counterpart. More importantly, Bermuda is considered an invasive grass because of its ability to grow and spread with minimal effort.
With its invasive nature, some homeowners view Bermuda as a nuisance.
If your lawn currently consists of a different variety of grass and Bermuda begins to take hold, it will likely create a messy-looking lawn. Rather than a single variety of your grass, your lawn will now have two varieties of grass. Of course, this isn’t a problem if you only seed your lawn with Bermuda.
When exposed to cold temperatures, Bermuda may go dormant. It’s less tolerant of cold temperatures than Fescue, which may deter some homeowners from choosing it.
The good news is that Bermuda offers a high tolerance to heat. It can withstand hot climates without dying. That’s especially important for us in Central Texas, which is why Bermuda grass is very common here.
You really can’t go wrong with either Fescue or Bermuda.
Fescue has finer leaves and is more tolerant of cold temperatures, whereas Bermuda has thicker and coarser leaves and is more tolerant of hot temperatures.
Just remember to choose a variety of grass that’s appropriate for the climate, as well as soil conditions, where you live.
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