District of Columbia Grass Types

Looking for the optimal grass varieties for lawns in District of Columbia? Below is a comparison table and accompanying data that will give you information about what grasses are best suited for District of Columbia and its inner counties.

Note: Cold, heat, drought, and saturation tolerance are measured on a score of 0-5 with 0 being the least tolerant and 5 being the most.

Zoysia Grass

Most suitable grass (on average)

Buffalo Grass

Great for areas with heavy rainfall

Tall Fescue

3rd most suitable (on average)

Kentucky Bluegrass

Optimal for hotter areas

Kikuyu Grass

5th most suitable (on average)

Centipede Grass

Ideal for drought-prone areas

Bahia Grass

Perfect for sunny areas

Lawn Visual
Seasonal Type Warm Warm Cool Cool Warm Warm Warm
Cold Tolerance 2.5 3.5 4.0 4.0 1.5 1.0 1.5
Heat Tolerance 4.0 4.0 3.5 2.5 4.5 4.5 4.5
Drought Tolerance 3.5 5.0 3.5 3.0 4.5 4.0 5.0
Saturation Tolerance 2.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 2.5 4.0 3.5
USDA Zone(s) 6-13 5-9 5-8 1-7 6-13 7-13 4-13
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade Full Sun, Deep Shade Mostly Sun, Deep Shade Mostly Sun, Partial Shade Full Sun, Light Shade Full Sun, Light Shade Full Sun, Light Shade
Traffic
Resistance/Recovery
Moderate, Moderate Low, Slow Moderate, Moderate Moderate, Moderate High, Moderate Low, Slow Moderate, Moderate
Watering
Duration/Amount
Weekly, 1 inch Bi-weekly, 0.5 inches Weekly, 1-1.5 inches Weekly, 1-1.5 inches Weekly, 1-1.25 inches Weekly, 1 inch Bi-weekly, 0.5-0.75 inches
Mowing
Duration/Height
Every 7-10 days, 0.5-1.5 inches Every 10-14 days, 2-3 inches Every 5-7 days, 2-3.5 inches Every 5-7 days, 2.5-3.5 inches Every 7 days, 1-1.5 inches Every 10-14 days, 1-2 inches Every 7-14 days, 2.5-4 inches
Soil Well-drained, Loamy
pH: 6.0-7.0
Well-drained, Loamy to Sandy
pH: 6.0-7.5
Adaptable
pH: 5.5-7.5
Well-drained, Loamy
pH: 6.0-7.0
Well-drained
pH: 5.5-7.0
Sandy, Acidic
pH: 4.5-6.0
Acidic, Sandy
pH: 5.5-6.5
Texture Fine to Medium Fine Coarse Fine to Medium Medium to Coarse Medium Coarse
Color Light Green Blue-Green Dark Green Rich Green Dark Green Light Green Light Green

District of Columbia Zones

The interactive map below shows the USDA plant hardiness zones specific to District of Columbia. Each zone in the map represents a certain temperature range that is critical for plant survival and growth, divided based on the average annual minimum winter temperature. Click on the map to see the optimial grass types for each county.

Zone No. 7
Map Color
Lowest Avg. Winter Temperature 0° to 10°F

Grass Types by County in District of Columbia

Below is a list of counties in District of Columbia. Click on any county to get a more detailed analysis.

Data source and citation

Raw data for the grass characteristics was sourced from the USDA's PLANTS Database.

Data for climate zones in District of Columbia was gathered from the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map as well as GIS datasets from the Oregon State University PRISM Climate Group.

Average monthly temperatures and precipitation data for District of Columbia was sourced from the NOAA National Centers for Environmental information.

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