Nevada Grass Types

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

Tall Fescue

2nd most suitable (on average)

Kentucky Bluegrass

Great for areas with heavy rainfall

Buffalo Grass

Optimal for colder areas

Annual Ryegrass

5th most suitable (on average)

Centipede Grass

Ideal for drought-prone areas

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

Nevada Zones

The interactive map below shows the USDA plant hardiness zones specific to Nevada. 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. 5 6 7 9
Map Color
Lowest Avg. Winter Temperature -20° to -10°F -10° to 0°F 0° to 10°F 20° to 30°F

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

Month Min Temp (°F) Max Temp (°F) Prep (in)
Jan24.3 °F45.98 °F0.81"
Feb22.02 °F45.96 °F0.85"
Mar28.56 °F52.42 °F1.3"
Apr35.14 °F63.08 °F0.75"
May42 °F69.96 °F1.17"
Jun51.46 °F83.16 °F0.27"
Jul59.64 °F91.52 °F0.48"
Aug57.7 °F89.64 °F0.45"
Sep49.08 °F81.42 °F0.41"
Oct36.16 °F65.84 °F0.72"
Nov27.14 °F53.2 °F0.74"
Dec22.22 °F42.32 °F1.44"

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

June, August and September are the most optimal months for planting cool-season grasses in Nevada.

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

Grass Types by County in Nevada

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

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