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What's the Best Grass for My Northern Mississippi Lawn?

Have you ever given much thought to the type of grass that’s growing in your lawn? Don’t feel bad if you haven’t—most homeowners never really think about it. But finding the best grass for your North Mississippi lawn is going to be a critical factor in terms of whether or not it’s going to thrive. After all, some grasses are better suited to be grown in Northern Mississippi than others.

For beautiful, healthy grass, it’s important to make your seed selection wisely. Not only do you want high-quality seed, but you want a grass type that’s going to work well for your specific property.

That’s why we’re covering the best grass for North Mississippi. We want to help guide you toward making the best possible decision in order to set you up for success.

Popular Grass Types for North Mississippi

There are several different grass types that are popular and will generally perform well in our region. Let’s take a look at each and then we’ll tell you what we recommend as the best choice. 

Tall Fescue

Tall Fescue originated in Europe and was introduced to the United States in the 1800s. This cool-season grass is valued for its adaptability to a wide range of conditions including heat, drought, and shade. 

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It is also known to be fairly disease-resistant. It tends to stand out from other grasses because of its wider blades and dark green color. It is a very popular turf type in our region.

Perennial Ryegrass

This cool-season, bunch-type of turfgrass is adapted to a wide variety of soil conditions. Perennial Ryegrass makes an attractive lawn but is thought to be somewhat higher maintenance than Tall Fescue (mainly when it comes to drought-tolerance). 

Rye Grass

However, it is still relatively hardy and has some natural disease resistance characteristics. This grass type is particularly valued for its fast germination rate.


This heat- and drought-tolerant grass is also commonly found in North Mississippi. It is a warm-season grass that prefers sun but will tolerate light shade. 

Zoysia Grass

It is a dense turf type, meaning it will hold up well to foot traffic, however, it is also more prone to thatch build-up.

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Another common turf type in North Mississippi is Bermudagrass, a perennial warm-season grass that requires full sun and good drainage.

Bermuda Grass

It can provide a dark green, super lush lawn when well-maintained. 

What's the Best Grass to Grow in North Mississippi?

Now that you have a better sense of what turf types are popular here, you might be wondering what is best.

At Master Lawn, we generally like to seed with an 80 percent Tall Fescue/ 20 percent Ryegrass blend mix, which really does provide the best of what each of those grass types has to offer.


It’s also important to mention that we are using high-quality grass seed, much better than anything that you’d find in a bag at a big box store. A lot of homeowners don’t realize just how much grass seed can vary. But a big problem with store-bought grass seed is that it generally contains a lot of filler. Sometimes that filler is paper or fertilizer that coats the seeds. But sometimes the filler is weed (and “nuisance grass”) seeds that you don’t want in your lawn.

At Master Lawn, we’re using a high-quality blend that is mostly pure, allowing you to get the best possible results.

The Best Lawn Care for your Northern Mississippi Lawn

Of course, even when planting the best grass for North Mississippi, you still want to make sure that the lawn is properly cared for. No matter what lawn type you have, you want to be confident that your lawn care professional has identified that turf type and is caring for it the way it’s meant to be cared for.

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After all, different grass types require different care. Everything from mowing height to potential soil amendments can differ from grass type to grass type.

Fortunately, at Master Lawn, we recognize that a beautiful lawn begins with choosing the best grass seed but ultimately transitions into the proper, ongoing care. That’s why, when it comes to your lawn, we’re here for you from the seeding stage to the ongoing care so that you can be confident your lawn is getting exactly what it needs. 

Ready to be able to feel confident that your lawn is living up to your expectations at your Memphis, TN or Northern Mississippi home? Talk to a lawn care expert, choose from 3 program options, and become the master of your lawn.

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Michael Hatcher

Michael Hatcher is president of Michael Hatcher & Associates.

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