Louisiana Grass Types

Looking for the optimal grass varieties for lawns in Louisiana? Below is a comparison table and accompanying data that will give you information about what grasses are best suited for Louisiana 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)

Bermuda Grass

Ideal for drought-prone areas

Kikuyu Grass

3rd most suitable (on average)

Bahia Grass

Optimal for colder areas

Buffalo Grass

Optimal for hotter areas

Carpet Grass

Best suited for shaded areas

Lawn Visual
Seasonal Type Warm Warm Warm Warm Warm Warm
Cold Tolerance 2.5 1.0 1.5 1.5 3.5 1.0
Heat Tolerance 4.0 5.0 4.5 4.5 4.0 4.5
Drought Tolerance 3.5 4.5 4.5 5.0 5.0 3.5
Saturation Tolerance 2.0 1.0 2.5 3.5 2.0 5.0
USDA Zone(s) 6-13 8-13 6-13 4-13 5-9 5-9
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade Full Sun, Light Shade Full Sun, Light Shade Full Sun, Light Shade Full Sun, Deep Shade Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moderate, Moderate High, Rapid High, Moderate Moderate, Moderate Low, Slow Low, Slow
Weekly, 1 inch Weekly, 1-1.25 inches Weekly, 1-1.25 inches Bi-weekly, 0.5-0.75 inches Bi-weekly, 0.5 inches Weekly, 1 inch
Every 7-10 days, 0.5-1.5 inches Every 5-7 days, 0.5-1.5 inches Every 7 days, 1-1.5 inches Every 7-14 days, 2.5-4 inches Every 10-14 days, 2-3 inches Every 7-14 days, 1-2 inches
Soil Well-drained, Loamy
pH: 6.0-7.0
Sandy, Well-drained
pH: 5.8-7.0
pH: 5.5-7.0
Acidic, Sandy
pH: 5.5-6.5
Well-drained, Loamy to Sandy
pH: 6.0-7.5
Wet, Acidic
pH: 5.0-6.5
Texture Fine to Medium Fine to Medium Medium to Coarse Coarse Fine Coarse
Color Light Green Dark Green Dark Green Light Green Blue-Green Light Green

Louisiana Zones

The interactive map below shows the USDA plant hardiness zones specific to Louisiana. 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. 8 9
Map Color
Lowest Avg. Winter Temperature 10° to 20°F 20° to 30°F

The chart and table below shows the average monthly precipitation and minimum/maximum temperatures in Louisiana over the last 5 years.

Month Min Temp (°F) Max Temp (°F) Prep (in)
Jan39 °F59.62 °F4.79"
Feb44.54 °F64 °F5.15"
Mar50.94 °F72.58 °F4.39"
Apr54.5 °F76.24 °F6.32"
May65.54 °F84.94 °F6.45"
Jun71.7 °F90.32 °F4.98"
Jul73.84 °F91.64 °F6.35"
Aug73.2 °F91.68 °F6.47"
Sep69.22 °F88.46 °F4.49"
Oct58.18 °F80.2 °F4.66"
Nov45.98 °F68.38 °F4.06"
Dec45.04 °F64.68 °F5.31"

The chart below shows the optimal months for seeding or sodding new grass in Louisiana. Suitability for each month is based on the average monthly temperature in Louisiana.

March, April and October are the most optimal months for planting cool-season grasses in Louisiana.

June, July and August are the most optimal months for planting warm-season grasses in Louisiana.

Grass Types by County in Louisiana

Below is a list of counties in Louisiana. 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 Louisiana 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 Louisiana was sourced from the NOAA National Centers for Environmental information.

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