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Warm-Season Versus Cool-Season Grasses in Georgia Cumming , GA
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Growing an attractive lawn in Georgia is not always easy. Our southern climate can support successful grass in both the summer and winter months depending on whether you plant a warm-season or cool-season type of grass. Since neither turf type will thrive 100% of the year, property owners have to make a decision about which grass is best for their personal goals and landscape needs.

Is cool-season or warm-season turf better in Georgia? There’s no right or wrong answer. Both types of grass offer pros and cons that must be weighed by each property owner. It is important to consider the requirements based on your existing landscape – which should begin with how much sunlight your lawn receives.

Sun Exposure Determines Success

While soil type and land grade can impact the condition and health of your Georgia lawn, it is sun exposure that is the driving factor of its success. The amount or intensity of sun on your grass impacts the moisture of the soil and overall heat exposure. This is what fosters (or threatens) the turf’s growth. How much sunlight or shade will your lawn get? In general, warm-season grasses tend to thrive better in dryer, full-sun areas while cool-season grasses grow better with lower temperatures and higher moisture levels.

Quick Facts about Warm-Season and Cool-Season Grass

Your warm-season grasses in Georgia commonly include Bermuda grass, Zoysia grass and Centipede. While these grass types are slower to establish in the first year, they will create a drought-tolerant lawn that can withstand hot, full sunlight. Be aware, however, that warm-season grasses can go brown and turn dormant once the soil temperature drops below 65 degrees.

Cool-season grasses typically involve tall fescue, Kentucky bluegrass and ryegrass. They will germinate and establish quickly and grow well in fall, winter and spring. As the name implies, these grasses thrive on cooler temperatures and more moisture. When summer heats up in Georgia, don’t expect your cool-season grass to stay as green and attractive as it was the rest of the year. If your landscape gets a lot of shade, Fescue can be recommended.

Ask an Expert

Need help choosing the best turfgrass for your residential or commercial property? Let us help. At Everlast Lawns and Landscapes, we are here to help you meet your goals for an attractive and healthy yard in Georgia.

Posted on behalf of Everlast Lawns and Landscapes, L.L.C.

4315 Summerwood Drive
Cumming , GA 30041

Phone: (770) 480-2695


Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, Sunday: Closed

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Everlast Lawns and Landscapes, L.L.C.

4.8 / 5.0

Based on 98 reviews

Eliza Barnhill

So far so good! Found Everlast through Next Door and signed up for monthly service. After meeting with Chris we learned about their other services and got new landscape lights installed and some cleanup work in the front and backyard. Happy to say the lights look amazing, and the initial cleanup was so promising that we’re on our second round of projects with them in just a couple weeks. Great personalized service and they’ve addressed any issues and requests that have popped up along the way. Excited to see the final product once it’s all finished.

Amanda Miller

Chris and team did an awesome job on our landscaping project. They had great ideas, were easy to work with and took time to listen to what we wanted to accomplish. The staff was always prompt, took care of our property and were very professional. I would highly recommend them, as the finished project looks great and their prices are very reasonable.

Ebba Hansen

Starting using them last spring for weekly mowing and trim. I’ve been very happy with the job they’ve done. Competitively priced. Just hired to overseed the backyard. They scheduled and completed the job quickly. Very professional.

Rich Markham

Chris was on time for the initial estimate. Gave us a fair price. Guys did the job on schedule. Had a little issue, but Chris got the team out to resolve quickly. Highly recommend this company.

Andrea Carver

I loved working with Everlast Lawns & Landscaping. I had an eyesore of a retaining wall that I hated. Working with Chris to redesign it with Allen blocks made such a difference. I appreciate his expertise and patience answering all my questions promptly and completely. Great job.

Deborah Woodworth

We highly recommend Everlast Lawn and Landscapes. We are new to the area, we saw their truck at a neighbors home and called them. Friendly, professional and prompt. They did a fantastic job on the clean up of our backyard and we are happy with the weekly lawn maintenance. But just as importantly we really appreciate their timely responses to any inquiry we may have had.

Everlast Lawns and Landscapes, L.L.C.

4315 Summerwood Drive
Cumming , GA 30041

(770) 480-2695

Opening Times

Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, Sunday: Closed