Should You Use Drought Resistant Seeds For Your New Lawn?

Some time ago I lived for a few years in the tropics where it was a continuing challenge to my gardening skills, not least because we either had torrential rain or none at all. Even if you don't live in an area with such extremes of rainfall, if you live where there are often droughts you will be aware of the problems this can pose for your lawn, especially if a hose pipe ban is imposed at the first sign of drought!

if you are seeding a new lawn you will want to look at the many varieties of drought resistant seeds available and choose the best one for your local conditions. Some of the ones that are generally available are described here.

Bermuda Grass Seed

Bermuda grass seed is considered one of the finest drought resistance seeds that you can purchase. It will thrive in areas that are dry and hot through the year while it also grows well in humid regions with heavy rainfall. It is a first-class all round grass seed for seeding a lawn. Bermuda grass does well in full sunshine but requires a soil that is well drained. It can endure times of intense drought because it has extremely deep roots. It is best cut to around one for drought resistance and tolerance to traffic.

Zoysia Grass


Zoysia grass has a lovely medium green color though in drought conditions it will look yellow. It is an excellent drought resistant grass as it's deep roots allow it to locate water at greater depths. During the winter it becomes dormant and turns brown. Zoysia grass seed produces a rather slow growing grass that's moderately trouble-free to keep in good condition.

Tall Fescue Grass Seed

While tall fescue thrives best in moist environments it is extremely drought resistant and grows well in lots of different types of soils as well as clay soils that are badly drained. Tall fescue grass seed is best for regions that experience long, humid hot summers and bitterly cold winters however if you maintain it at roughly three inches through the warm weather it can tolerate drought conditions satisfactorily. It's an excellent idea to overseed tall fescue in the Fall to guarantee even coverage of your lawn.

In Conclusion

if you live in a drought prone are you will need to use drought resistant seeds when seeding a new lawn. Even if you live in areas that are not so dry these types of seeds are also a good choice as they will cut down on the time you will need to spend on both watering and mowing. Always a good idea and you will have more time to just enjoy your lawn and garden!

In addition you will be conserving water and using less gas in your mower which is good for both your budget and the environment.

In general then drought resistant grasses are ideal for someone who doesn't want to do too much upkeep but still wants an attractive green lawn!

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