Transition Zone Turfgrass Species

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape November 13, 2014 Print Friendly and PDF

Transition Zone Turfgrass Species

Transition zones are areas where neither cool nor warm season grasses are completely adapted. Summers tend to be too hot for cool season turfgrasses to do well, while winters are too cold for good warm season grass survival.

This region ranges from the coastal states of Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Missouri, far eastern Oklahoma, and Kansas.

Tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass are cool season turfgrasses used in the northern parts of the transition zone. Warm season turfgrasses used in the southern parts of the transition zone include Bermudagrass, Centipedegrass, Zoysiagrass, and St. Augustinegrass.

Additonal Resources:

Transition Zone Lawns


Delaware - Turfgrass Selection for Delaware


Arkansas - Choosing a Grass for Arkansas Lawns

North Carolina - Grass Selection



Dunn, John, and Kenneth Diesburg. 2004. Turf Management in the Transition Zone.Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley & Sons.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.