The Fastest Growing Type of Grass
Nearly everyone loves to have a nice green lawn. I know I do! However, we don’t always want to wait for the grass to grow before having the greenest lawn on the block. Especially when we have busy lives or a big house party coming up, the last thing we have time for is to wait on our grass to grow!
The best way to get a quick lawn is by using grass seed. There are lots of different types of grass seed, but some are better than others. Which one is best? Well, that all depends on you and your lawn. Not only will you want a high-quality seed for your lawn, but you’ll also want one that can grow quickly and effectively.
So what is the fastest-growing grass seed? There are three different kinds of grass seed that have proven to be the fastest-growing in clinical trials. Those kinds are Feather Reed Grass, Hybrid Bermuda, and Creeping Bentgrass. All of these seeds grow extremely fast when they’re in the right conditions. They also each have admirable qualities that make them a great choice for your yard.
Now I’m sure you’re wondering which one of these is right for you. I’m going to go over each of these types of grass seeds and why they grow so well, so keep reading!
Feather Reed Seed
This seed is very popular because it doesn’t need very much water to grow. With its low-maintenance qualities, this seed has grown to become one of the most sought-after by lawn owners everywhere. You are probably wondering how it got its name. Feather Reed Grass is named after its feathery leaves and tall stalks when it matures.
This seed is known for its cold tolerance, making it perfect for areas that get really cold in the wintertime. Feather Reed Grass grows well when exposed to full sun and partial shade, so you don’t have to worry about giving it too much sunlight or not enough.
Another awesome perk is this grass can be planted in any season of the year. Finally, this grass seed is resistant to common diseases that can kill other types of grasses.
Hybrid Bermuda Seed
Hybrid Bermuda grass seed has become the most popular summertime grass for lawns because it does best in full sunlight and dry conditions. This makes this type perfect for areas where there isn’t much rainfall.
Hybrid Bermuda grass is known for its deep roots, which allow it to absorb all the water in the soil. This makes it drought-resistant and resistant to root rot.
Another benefit of this type of seed is its resistance to wear, which means this grass can grow well even when people walk on it every day. And lastly, this grass tolerates heavy traffic, so you won’t have to worry about people wearing it down.
One of the few downsides to this type of seed is that it can get very hot in areas with full sun exposure. This means you might want to plant your Hybrid Bermuda grass in an area where it doesn’t get too much sunlight or maybe plant a second type of grass nearby.
Creeping Bentgrass Seed
This is another popular seed that’s known for its fast growth and resistance to diseases. This grass gets its name from one of the ways it spreads – creeping along the ground. When planted in full sunlight, this seed has been known to grow as tall as 4 inches a day!
This grass seed takes a little more effort to maintain than other seeds because it’s susceptible to fungus and insects. If you can tolerate those problems, this grass is worth the extra effort. It also grows extremely well in full sun or partial shade and tolerates lawnmowers very well.
One of the best benefits of Creeping Bentgrass is that it’s very tolerant of different types of soil conditions, which makes it great for lawns in poor-quality soil.
The Right Grass Growing Conditions
It’s not just the seed that makes these types of grass grow fast. Another important factor is where and when they are planted.The best time to plant any type of grass seed is in the spring. You want to sow your seed as soon as winter’s over and the soil has dried out. If you’re planting during the summer, wait until fall so that your new grass can get settled and ready for winter.
The right conditions are also important because they affect how much sunlight and rain your grass gets. If you’re planting a summer seed, make sure it gets plenty of sunlight and water. Winter seeds can handle more shade and less water. Grass seeds grow best when the temperature is 45-77 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 32-47 degrees Fahrenheit at night.
Set Up For Success
Once you have chosen your fast-growing seed and established good conditions, you’re ready to plant. To ensure your grass will grow as fast as possible, follow these steps!
- Make sure the soil has good drainage, which is important with heavy winter rains.
- Plant your seed thickly to maximize its rapid growth. For tall grass seeds, two pounds will cover 5000 square feet.
- Make sure you keep it moist until the seed sprouts and then water regularly after that. You want it to grow about an inch a week.
- If there’s drought or damaging winds, protect your newly planted lawn with a temporary cover.
- Rake regularly, pulling up any dead grass and giving the rest a good fertilizing every few weeks.
- Once you’ve established your lawn, mow it once or twice a week to keep it looking its best.
What Keeps Grass From Growing?
I know it’s so frustrating when grass doesn’t grow properly or quickly. Especially when we have put in so much time, care, and money! There are plenty of things that can keep your grass from growing as fast as you want.
- Weather is the number one reason and of course, the one we can’t control. If the weather is too hot, too cold, too dry, or too wet – grass simply won’t grow.
- Another common reason for lawns not growing quickly is pest damage. Grubs and insects can kill an entire lawn in just a few days. To prevent and rid your lawn of pests, you can use pesticides and also be sure to fertilize regularly.
- Weeds will also greatly limit the speed and strength of your grass growth. Weeds compete with your grass for nutrients and water, so it needs to be suppressed or even eliminated.
- Diseases weaken your grass while taking away some of its nutrients, which makes it grow slower. Make sure to monitor your grass for disease and weed often.
- Another thing you can do is limit the growing grass to too much traffic from humans and pets. When people walk on the grass, it flattens it and damages the grass’ growth. This is why you should always try to avoid walking through your lawn if possible. After it is well established, you can loosen up on this and enjoy your lawn!
Does Mowing Less Increase Grow Speed?
Some people have an idea in their heads that if you want a faster-growing lawn, you should cut it short with a very low mower setting. I’ve even seen some say this means just leave your grass blades long and don’t mow at all! However, this is not the best way to help your grass grow fast.
Grass that is not cut short enough will become weaker and more vulnerable to damage. It won’t be as healthy either because it’s missing some key nutrients! This will also lead to more weeds taking over or even pests damaging your lawn. If you don’t want that to happen, then the best thing you can do is maintain a good mowing schedule.
Best Mowing Method
It’s usually recommended to mow your grass 1/3 of the length off at a time. The best way to do this is to set your lawnmower as low as it goes and then raise it one more notch each time you cut until you reach that 1/3 mark. Then, lower it one notch and go back and forth mowing and lowering until you’ve finished mowing your whole lawn.
Please note: if you have a walk-behind mower, it’s best to start mowing from one side of the yard and work your way toward the other end. If you try to go back and forth as it gets shorter, grass blades can start sticking out on top and that looks bad.
A Great Lawn Takes Patience
No matter when you plant and how much you water though, grass simply takes time to grow. Patience is just the price you pay for a good lawn, but it’s worth it. Again, to increase growth speed; it’s best to go with one of these seed types: Feather Reed Grass, Hybrid Bermuda, or Creeping Bentgrass.
After you’ve chosen a fast-growing seed, prepped your yard, and waited for a beautiful spring day- the rest is up to nature! The only thing left to do is keep your lawn watered, weeded, mowed, and fertilized regularly. Good luck!