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Kansas is a unique state when it comes to growing turfgrass. The state has hot summers and cold winters, along with a variety of soils and rainfall averages. Kansas is centrally located on the transition zone of North America where both warm- and cool-season grasses grow. Warm-season grass grows best during the summer, while cool-season grass grows best during the spring and fall.

Tufgrass is often selected for its color, leaf texture and density. However, turfgrass selection involves more than a decision based on visual qualities. Other factors to be considered before choosing a grass include:

  • intended use
  • maintenance level
  • pest problems
  • local climate
  • soil conditions
  • shade
  • water availability

 turfgrass information

Turfgrasses are used for a range of purposes, including residential lawns, general grounds, sports fields, golf courses and native areas. Each purpose has a different requirement. There isn't one best grass for all purposes, and there isn't a perfect grass for any one purpose. Turfgrass selection is a matter of choosing a grass that best fits the requirements for each situation.

Warm-Season Grasses

  • Bermudagrass*
  • Buffalograss*
  • Zoysiagrass*
  • Native Grasses
    • Bluestem
    • Grama
    • Indiangrass
    • Lovegrass
    • Switchgrass


Cool-Season Grasses

  • Bentgrass
  • Fine Fescues
    • Chewings Fescue
    • Hard Fescue
    • Sheep Fescue
    • Red Fescue
  • Kentucky Bluegrass*
  • Perennial Ryegrass*
  • Tall Fescue*

*Most commonly used turfgrasses.