Grasses for Your Lawn and Beyond

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Fall is an excellent time for gardening in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Many homeowners renovate tall fescue lawns, as this is an excellent time for renovating cool-season turfgrass.

Other gardeners may be adding perennial plants to their landscapes. Ornamental grass can be an interesting addition in any garden bed. Here are some resources to help you as you are gardening with grass this fall:

Soil Testing

A soil test is important for any part of your lawn or garden. A soil test will provide information about soil amendments you can apply to help grow healthy plants. The soil test report will give you information about adding fertilizer and lime if your garden needs it.

This brochure gives information on how to take a soil test, and you will need to fill out this form to accompany your soil test boxes. Soil test kits are available at your local Extension office.

Lawn Care Information

Grass in a lawn

The timing of maintenance for your lawn depends upon if you have a cool-season or a warm-season lawn. Tall fescue is the most common cool-season turfgrass grown in the Piedmont, while Bermudagrass and Zoysiagrass are the most common warm-season turfgrasses for this area.

Carolina Lawns is an excellent guide for homeowners wanting to know about establishing and maintaining a lawn.

For even more in depth information, read the Lawns chapter of the NC Extension Gardener Handbook.

Visit NC State’s TurfFiles website for a variety of information about lawns and lawncare. You can even find maintenance calendars specific to your lawn type.

Ornamental Grass Information

Image of ornamental grass

Ornamental grasses can be grown in many areas of the landscape. There are grasses for many different parts of your garden. You can find grasses for shade or sun, and grasses for large and small spaces. Many grasses are native to NC, which means they are well-adapted to our area and can offer additional benefits for butterflies, birds, and wildlife in your garden.

For more information on ornamental grass, see:

Remember to check the suitability of these grasses for the Piedmont region of NC and our hardiness zone.