In the United States, homeowners living in different regions experience varying climate and growing conditions that may pose a challenge to the kind of grass they can grow in their lawns.  In the north for instance where the growing seasons are short and the climate is really cold only certain grass varieties thrive in such environments.  In the south where the soil tend to be sandier and with long hot summers and mild winters, some grasses may not do as good as well.  Here are some cool weather grasses for people living in the northern part of the US.


According to turf care company Cologne Minnesota experts, this kind of grass can tolerate a high degree of mowing but does not like hot, humid and dry weathers. This is best for use in golf courses and since it requires very little maintenance it has good tolerance for droughts and high foot traffic.

Kentucky bluegrass

According to weed control service Chaska MN experts, the Kentucky bluegrass is considered the most popular all cool weather grasses. It has the ability to spread well and can easily fill in a lot of bare spots.  Bluegrass however goes dormant when the weather is hot and dry or in winter. It also performs poorly in extreme shade.  If you are going to use it on your lawn be prepared to water regularly and fertilize often.

Rough bluegrass

This grass variant is perfect in cool moist environments and performs really well in cold temperatures and responds well to irrigation and fertilization. The problem however for this kind of grass is its high susceptibility to disease and pests.

Red Fescue

This variety of grass works well in cool shaded sites like resorts, cabins and camps. Does not need a lot of water to survive or fertilizers for that matter.

Annual Ryegrass

Popularly used as a kind of forage for animals, it can be used to mix with other grass types in order to help the dominant grass achieve higher density and thickness.

Perennial Ryegrass

This grass is ideally used for moist and cool environments. It can be used in the south but can be expensive to maintain. It needs constant watering, mowing, pest control and fertilizers to achieve optimum results.