Choose and identify your turf species
this key to identify your grass species
- Click on illustrations that resemble your grass characteristics.
- Work through the key until you get to a summary page of your
grass with links to management tips.
of identifying turfgrasses
It is important to recognize turfgrass species commonly used
for home lawns or around parks and schools. Failure to properly
identify a turfgrass species can lead to mistakes in maintenance.
For example, not all turfgrass species tolerate the same mowing
height or frequency. Irrigation frequency and the amount of water
needed vary among species as do the frequency and amount of fertilizer.
Turfgrasses also differ in how they adapt to sun, shade, and temperature.
Most lawns are mixtures of various turfgrass species.
For more information on specific adaptations and tolerances,
see the following tables for turfgrass species that are
See the following publication for more information:
know your turf species? Learn key qualities, identification characteristics,
and management tips of each.