“I’d rather sit and watch the grass grow…”
While most people use that expression as an excuse to get out of an unfavorable situation; let’s take a moment and actually consider something. Unless you’re really into lawn care, most people don’t really consider what type of grass they want in their yard but still find themselves looking at pictures of fields of billowing grass hills, far-off countryside or even their neighbor’s lawn. Bermuda vs Fescue Grass may not be your go to when thinking of a pristine lawn, but maybe it should be. Bermuda is known for being the luxurious green carpet on golf courses. It has a turf-like completion that is luscious and is stunning emerald, but let’s take a closer look.
The Case for Bermuda
While Bermuda may be the top of the line, it’s there for a reason. One of the pricier of the two, this grass has a whole process that needs to be done for it to even take root in your lawn. Bermuda can either be placed like sod or can be seeded using stolons and rhizomes; stolons are above the ground roots while the rhizomes are below ground. Which the price of a good sod installation enough to pause anyone in their steps in the race for a better lawn, around $300 give or take depending on if you need your original lawn removed, and to do it yourself would cost you equipment which can start around $900 plus the price of the sod itself which varies but is based on the square miles. Due to its overall appeal of green fairways on golf courses, it is often overlooked that Bermuda requires a more southern climate and maintenance. It can be finicky and attract more weeds and requires a lot of watering.
The Case for Fescue
Fescue, on the other hand, can withstand the cold better than its competitor and takes seed more easily. Fescue grass is often known to be good for its roots but does require attention when it comes to growth. While Bermuda, on average grows to be about two inches, Fescue can grow to be several feet long if left unattended. There are multiple types of Fescue to ensure that you can get the desired look you may want for your lawn.
Which Will You Choose?
So, which grass will you watch grow in your lawn? Bermuda may be more of a hassle, if you have the time, money, and passion for a spectacular lawn, it’s for you. There are also hybrids of Bermuda that make that luscious green more attainable. Fescue is much easier to deal with and requires average maintenance like any other lawn. However, if you live deep in the tropics, Fescue may not be the best choice. So stop sitting on your porch overlooking death valley, start growing your own garden of Eden today.